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I have three phase motor wired high

I have three phase motor wired high

I have three phase motor wired high

I have three phase motor wired high voltage. (400v). Drive programmed 230.
Has run 24/7 times six weeks at 60 percent MAX speed. Found problem when new product setup required much faster speed.

A second motor, changed yesterday and incorrectly wired the same way gave no problem. What happened to motor running incorrectly 6 weeks. Just curious. The problem seen was on panel view amps showed 99 percent before fault. Most recent one never exceeded 25 perceny

RE: I have three phase motor wired high

Fyi, reason tech wired incorrectly was replacements came in 230/400. Original was 116/230 so high voltage was correct. I had never seen these motors before am told machine and parts from Germany and 116 three phase is common l.

RE: I have three phase motor wired high

My question is what happened to the motor wired incorrectly and run at low speed that caused it to give overcurrent alarm when run at high speed. At the same time, a second motor wired the same ,that day, did not show over current. ram fine.

I understand this was big screw up. But my curiosity is,, what did this mistake do to the motor being used for six weeks that showed up when increasing the speed

RE: I have three phase motor wired high

You should've posted this in forum237: Electric motors & generators engineering not Electronics.

That said, as you increase the speed by raising the frequency the motor needs higher voltage to provide the horsepower demanded by the larger load caused by the higher speed. If the voltage isn't there it will draw more current to provide the volts x amps = Power needed. That means the motor will get over-currented and toast.

Typically the VFD will protect the motor from that but if the motor is miswired or the VFD protection setting are screwed up as suggested by the rest of this messed up install then the protection could easily be defeated. As long as the VFD is not itself being overloaded it will happily toast a motor.

Keith Cress
kcress - http://www.flaminsystems.com

RE: I have three phase motor wired high

Are you sure that the second motor was not 116/230 volts?

"Why not the best?"
Jimmy Carter

RE: I have three phase motor wired high

Thank you all so much. Sorry for wrong forum post. I was just curious that it ran a while before it malfunctioned and what facicaly tapped inside that allowed it to run slow but not fast. Obviously it was about the same if as it must have been when Jimmy Carter had that famous conversation with daughter Amy about nuclear proliferation

RE: I have three phase motor wired high

At 50% voltage the motor will run but the torque will be way down.
At 60% speed the motor still had enough torque to drive the load.
As the speed increased past 60% the load demanded more torque than was available at rated current.

"Why not the best?"
Jimmy Carter

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