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    Quote Originally Posted by iuctx View Post
    D'oh!

    What would be the proper way to lower the voltage to 440?

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    That chart just helped me understand why the induction motors in the shop I work at all draw less current when the line voltage drops. All of the motors are "dual rated" 208-230 so the actual lowest FLA is somewhere in between that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strostkovy View Post
    That chart just helped me understand why the induction motors in the shop I work at all draw less current when the line voltage drops. All of the motors are "dual rated" 208-230 so the actual lowest FLA is somewhere in between that.
    induction motors have an optimal voltage for every load. in addition to this, single phase capacitor run motors have both an optimum voltage and an optimum capacitance for every load.


    a very simple circuit that would pay for itself rather quickly is simply a current transformer, relay and a transformer. when the line current is low the transformer is engaged and you feed your refrigerator 90 volts instead of 120. when the current is high the relay trips and runs the compressor from 120. the hysteresis of the relay prevents chatter. (someone patented this in the 70's but it never took off)

    as you might know small induction motors are horribly inefficient. for example i have a 1/2 hp 8 pole induction motor that isn't efficient enough to re-generate power back to the grid. a typical 1 hp motor might be 300 watts no load losses and 70% efficient at full load, and if you were to backdrive it you would burn it up before you shoved 1 hp back into the grid, because you would have to push 1.5hp into the rotor to shove 1hp back into the grid. -much of this is simply that there are practical limits for how small the air gap can get.

    contrast that to a 5 hp 3 phase motor i have that has a 12.7 amp fla rating. (many are 14 amps for that size motor) i measured its no load losses on single phase at about 300 watts at 240v but only 250 watts at 230volts dropping to 200 watts at 200 volts perhaps. that drastic reduction is entirely the copper losses dropping as the wasted amp turns needed to magnetize the air gap dissappear as the volts drop. but that 200-300 watts is still less than a typical 1 hp single phase motor if you can believe it.

    at no load its optimal voltage is 20 vac single phase, cant remember the amps. at 16 vac single phase it draws 3 amps, and 44 watts.


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