Transient Voltage Conditions
During recent years substantial evidence has come to light indicating that a significant number of large motors are exposed to transient voltage conditions which result in reduced winding life or premature failures (either turn-to-turn or turn-to-ground).
Under the certain circumstances, these transient voltages can be caused by any of the following power system conditions:
Estimates of the magnitude of these surges normally range from two to five times the normal line-to-neutral crest voltage with rise times ranging from .1 u seconds (microseconds) to 10 u seconds.
Typical Transient Voltage Wave Front
The motor manufacturer normally does not have sufficient application information available to determine when to include surge and lightning protection in the motor. However, he can determine the surge limits which the motor can withstand and still give satisfactory life. These limits are established as follows:
Care must be taken not to exceed the instantaneous voltage (VI), the maximum peak voltage (VM) or the rate of rise (VM / 10) when selecting surge capacitors or lightning arrestors.
Recommended Guide For Selection of Surge Capacitors & Lightning Arrestors
Voltage (VM) in KV
of Rise in KV/u Sec
The table above indicates the maximum withstand voltages (VM) and rate rise for TITAN Line Motors.
For applications where the values in the table above are exceeded, it is recommended that a special insulation system with increased dielectric strength be used (turn-to-turn and turn-to-ground) or that surge capacitors and / or lightning arrestors be utilized. From an availability and economic standpoint the latter alternative should be used.
We test each stator coil turn-to-turn using a low impedance high frequency coil analyzer to insure withstand capability to the above limits. As added insurance, after the stator is wound, the turn-to-ground insulation is also tested using an A. C. Hypot tester.
Surge Protection and Lighting Arrestors
Lightning arrestors limit the magnitude of the transient voltage spike. This is achieved by the arrestor conducting to ground when the voltage reaches a given value. Surge capacitors limit the rate of rise of the voltage. This is achieved by the capacitor momentarily absorbing some of the initial energy thereby slowing down or sloping the steep wave front.
Capacitor Rating Arrestor Rating ( KV )
600 1.0 .6 .65 2400 .5 2.4 3.0 4160 .5 4.16 4.5 4800 .5 4.8 6.0 6600 .5 6.6 7.5 6900 .5 6.9 7.5
Recommended Application of Capacitors & Arrestors
The surge capacitor should be located between the motor and the lightning arrestors and as close to the motors as possible for maximum effectiveness (limiting capacitor lead length to 3 feet is recommended). Fusing of the arrestors or capacitors is not recommended because of the difficulty in determining if or when the fuse has blown.