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# electrical motor power factor & efficiency 3

## electrical motor power factor & efficiency

(OP)
hello,

I want to know where each figure recorded from the LCD panel of the power feeder of an AC motor driving a machinery goes.

in other words, I have the reading at one instance reads in the panel at electrical room:

KW = 700
KVAr = 800
AMP = 70

and this is on a 11KV feeder.

so what is the 700 over here in a power triangle?

how do I relate to power factor ?

how do I get my electrical efficiency? can I say eff= data sheet kw / reading kw from panel?

Thanks & Regard,

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

KW = 700
KVAr = 800
KVA = sqrt(700^2+800^2) = 1,060
I = 1,060kva/(sqrt3*11kv) = 55.6A
but you said amps = 70

Unless I made an error (and that's very possible that I did) it seems your data does not add up quite right.

Setting that aside, power factor could be calculated from kw and kva. I'm going to stop short of telling you exactly how to calculate it, that is something you should be able to figure out.

You don't have enough information to calculate motor efficiency because you don't know the actual motor shaft output power. If you have motor factory data you might be able to estimate motor efficiency from that by adjusting for your operating point. Of course there is likely also an efficiency associated with the driven equipment.

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(2B)+(2B)' ?

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

Reading kW is input power to motor and data sheet kW is shaft power. Thus, the ratio of shaft power to input power should give us efficiency. You are right there. But, it is important to confirm that the input power you are reading corresponds to the same shaft power indicated in data sheet.
Input kW divided by input kVA gives power factor.
Generally speaking, motor data sheet includes power factor and efficiency information at different load points.
If the voltage at the motor terminals is lower than rated (11kV), motor draws higher currents for the same kW. This is to be kept in mind.

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

Does the data sheet not give the efficiency for various loads?

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

(OP)
Thank you very much for your replies.

@LionelHutz : it does, however for some reason (or a misunderstanding of some part of the triangle) , I am not getting the number corresponding to what I am reading from the panel when manually calculating PF ...

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

(OP)
for instance as one of the confusions :

datasheet says @100 load , the current is 92 Amps
I read in electric room 76 Amps only ...
quite weird to me ...

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

The current won' be 92A unless you put rated load on the shaft. Try extrapolating between the 75% and 100% numbers.

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

(OP)

the 76A measured when the motor shaft is 100% loaded, i.e. reading taken when machine @ 100 load.

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

#### Quote:

the 76A measured when the motor shaft is 100% loaded, i.e. reading taken when machine @ 100 load.
The driven machine may be fully loaded, but the motor is probably oversized.
If the data sheet says that the full load current is 92 Amps, then at 76 Amps, the motor is not at full load.

Bill
--------------------
Ohm's law
Not just a good idea;
It's the LAW!

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

The motor load current, as the name says, is dictated by the load, not by the motor. Only the motor no-load current is defined by the motor.

Muthu
www.edison.co.in

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

You have something wrong. In order of most likely, the load isn't 100%, your meter isn't reading right or the motor datasheet isn't correct.

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

In the first post the amps appear to be about 25% higher than expected whereas in the post at 2 Jun 21 19:39 the amps appears to be about 20% lower than expected. How are you determining load on the motor?

A few other lower likelyhood possibilities:
• Are voltage and current readings similar on all three phases? Unbalanced voltage can cause high currents.
• Is this a standard motor starter? Typical metering equipment can be wildly inaccurate when placed between a VFD and a motor.
• Are there high levels of harmonics? High levels of current harmonic distortion can increase the amp readings whereas many meters ignore harmonics when calculating reactive power.
• Is the voltage at the motor near the rated motor voltage? Both low and high voltage can cause excess current.

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

(OP)
Thank you all very much,

as for @bacon4life questions
the first post was what I read that day in electrical room through the feeder panel, the other numbers I mentioned 92A is the rated current at full load in the data sheet of the motor,

as of the questions, i will try to answer:

1- here is a new full set of readings
I1 = 77A
I2= 75
I3 = 77.7 A
U = 10.8 KV
P = 1.01 MW
q= 1.01 MVAR

i trust those as I took them myself

2- it is a standard motor yes

3- none noticed , nor reported

4- it is ..

thanks again

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

these latest readings look a lot more self consistent than the first set.

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(2B)+(2B)' ?

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

(OP)
ok great , thanks

so now what is the pf ?
efficiency?

thanks

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

with p and q identical, the power factor angle is 45 degrees and pf is 1/sqrt2 = 0.707.

efficiency unknown, same reasons as above

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(2B)+(2B)' ?

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

(OP)
sorry if I missed some information

the motor rated power in the data sheet is 1200 kw

so whats the efficiency here ?

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

Rated KVA = 1753 KVA
Estimated KVAR = 1010 KVAR
kW based on KVAR estimate = 1433 kW
Estimated efficiency at full load = 84% efficiency.
Judgement call;
1. 84% efficiency seems unreasonable low. I would expect 90% or better efficiency.
2. Neither the real current nor the reactive current are linear with respect to the per unit load.
3. The efficiency will be close to the efficiency at 75% load as shown by the data sheet.
4. The efficiency at 75% to 85% is typically better than the efficiency at 100% loading.

Bill
--------------------
Ohm's law
Not just a good idea;
It's the LAW!

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

#### Quote:

so whats the efficiency here ?

you didn't provide enough information. Efficiency is power out divided by power in. Power in is 1.01MW. What is the shaft or output power?

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

(OP)
@waros : how did you get 1753 ?

and regarding point 4 , this 11kv motor has its highest efficiency & pf at 100% load as per its datasheet !!

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

92 Amps x 11kV x root 3 = 1752.84
What does the data sheet show for efficiency at 100% and at 75% loading?

Bill
--------------------
Ohm's law
Not just a good idea;
It's the LAW!

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

(OP)
for eff. @ 100% 94%
@75% 93.5%

power factor
@100 its 73%
@75 its 67%

afaik that power factor drops badly if you are operating way below the rated point

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

So, assume the efficiency is between 93.5% and 94%. You can't calculate it without measuring the shaft output power.

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

(OP)
noted, thanks again ....

so for my readings provided here ,

I1 = 77A
I2= 75
I3 = 77.7 A
U = 10.8 KV
P = 1.01 MW
q= 1.01 MVAR

how is power triangle gonna look like?

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

He posted the same set of numbers again wanting new "better" answers even though electricpete post the power factor answer on 4 Jun 21 @ 23:51 and multiple people had already told him the efficiency can't be calculated from the data he is providing. He doesn't want to believe us hence part of my post more or less saying go figure out how to do it yourself.

### RE: electrical motor power factor & efficiency

I'm with you, Lionel.
My last quote (so just grow up.) was directed at somacast.
Like "Back at you!"
I am sorry if I was not clear.

Bill
--------------------
Ohm's law
Not just a good idea;
It's the LAW!

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