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Input Transformers to VFDs - Grounding

Input Transformers to VFDs - Grounding

Input Transformers to VFDs - Grounding

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Why primary/secondary winding of the input transformer to the VFDs are ungrounded? How do the protections function if they are left ungrounded?

RE: Input Transformers to VFDs - Grounding

Secondary winding neutral is sometimes kept ungrounded as required by the inverter design.

RE: Input Transformers to VFDs - Grounding

I don’t know of ANY brand of VFD that would REQUIRE an ungrounded source, in fact in my experience it is exactly the opposite. Most require a solidly grounded source, a few can be modified to ALLOW for an ungrounded source, but recommend against it. So if you are seeing someone purposely eliminate a ground on the source to a VFD, they are looking for trouble. There is ZERO value in doing so.


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RE: Input Transformers to VFDs - Grounding

There are so many VFD units working on HRG & also on IT systems. Therefore, for such a VFD the input transformer
may be either delta or ungrounded star. The secondary side of the VFD transformer may be also DELTA or ungrounded star
provided the GF are detected by the VFD by somne other means.

RE: Input Transformers to VFDs - Grounding

A standard VFD can't detect ground fault if the system is not grounded. I've seen more than one modulate an upstream ungrounded power system at the drive switching frequency because of a motor ground.

You need special circuitry that actually measures the system to ground impedance or that introduces a high resistance ground to measure leakage current across.

RE: Input Transformers to VFDs - Grounding

The normal way to wire an isolation transformer is to follow the rules on "separately derived neutral" for the secondary side which is the side that powers the VFD. The ground bond and derived neutral can be connected to a earth, the building structure, a bonding system, the electrical bonding (green) wire, but not to the primary side neutral.

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