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Motor Trip on Instantenous OC

Motor Trip on Instantenous OC

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200hp, 480V motor tripping on instantaneous RS510 DigiTrip unit. Motor winding Insulation resistance above 50G-ohm and healthy winding resistance. Trip Unit is healthy and no issue with the cable. What else can cause this?
Note: Motor runs for 20-25 min before tripping.

RE: Motor Trip on Instantenous OC

You really didn't provide anywhere near enough information for anything more than guesses.

Running for a length of time and then tripping on IOC generally points to something in the circuit. For example it could be moisture getting into a conduit or sheath, but only after whatever process involves this motor gets under way for a period of time, i.e. it takes 20-25 minutes for the moisture to reach a spot in the cable insulation that leaks. Anything inside of the motor is generally going to be immediately evident. So I would start with a good insulation test on your motor leads, without the motor connected since you already did that.


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RE: Motor Trip on Instantenous OC

If it's doing this on start-up, chances are good that the instantaneous setting of the trip unit is set too low. According to NEC, instantaneous can be set to 1300% of full load current. We generally set ours at the next increment the trip unit allows below that value.

If it's gone through start-up successfully and then trips on instantaneous, serious stuff is afoot, as jraef says. It is all too common to have a winding shorted and NOT have a ground path. Less common ar intermittent shorts in motor leads or in the feeders.

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