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Rectifier Megger Value

Rectifier Megger Value

Rectifier Megger Value

Hello guys, I'm new here and I will go straight to my problem regarding a rectifier 750DC for 3rd rail traction power for passenger trains. recently i got this new megger unit and tried to test our rectifier unit, and I'm a bit confuse why straight away i got this zero Mega omhs reading and after a minute will slowly have a low value and after 3 or 5 minutes it continues to increase, but when i use my analog type i will got a low value of 0.5Mega omh, thanks for your tips and help.

RE: Rectifier Megger Value

Possibly differences in how the instruments behave when presented with a low resistance. Sounds like you either have an output capacitor or a long cable, or both.

RE: Rectifier Megger Value

thanks scottyUK, yah we have some capacitors inside for the DC output filterring, but is it ok to energize this rectifier even though it had a zero insulation,we phically investigate this matter before energization and found out nothing for this zero meg. Thanks alot scottyUK

RE: Rectifier Megger Value

My opinion, formed without a lot of details which would be nice to have, is that the rectifier will be fine to energise. There are very likely other components drawing the output resistance down, perhaps a voltmeter, perhaps leakage through semiconductors, perhaps any of a multitude of other things.

As a more general comment, I would generally try to avoid using a megger on the output of a semiconductor rectfier or a drive because the readings are usually misleading and it is fairly easy to damage semiconductors.

RE: Rectifier Megger Value

A Megger creates more confusion than it solves problem as soon as you leave simple installations and apparatus. If you suspect a failure in a rectifier or its connected load, then divide and conquer. Have you separated that third rail and checked it separately? That is most likely where most of the bad insulation is. If you get zig Megoms on the third rail, then check the rectifier. Use a DMM first, that won't kill anything.

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