Lineup or singly Floor only


"Drive may be designed for constant torque or for torque varying at the square of the speed.

"Drive may be designed for constant torque or for torque varying at the square of the speed.

FIGURE 7 Block diagram for wound-rotor induction motor with Tirastat II secondary control power (General Electric).

liquid rheostat. Figure 7A shows the configuration with the wound-rotor induction motor and starter identical to those of Figure 4.

The Tirastat controller in its simplest form consists of the components shown in Figure 7A. Resistors identified as R1 are permanently connected across the motor secondary phases. Additional resistors (R2) are connected across motor phases through SCR and diodes. The SCR are individually turned on (become conducting) by minute current pulses generated by the firing circuit. As the voltage loop across any SCR drops to zero, the SCR shuts off and does not turn on again until the firing circuit refires it. The diodes allow return of the current to the motor but block out current reversals to the SCR. Drive speed varies as a function of changing controller average resistance. Thus, resistance can be varied by adjusting time on-time off ratios in the SCR to give the desired average resistance. Figure 7B shows controller secondary resistance with the SCR not firing (conducting). In this condition, the controller resistance value equals the resistance of R1. Figure 7C shows controller resistance with all SCR firing continuously. The decrease in resistance is due to additional resistance placed in parallel with resistor R1. Figure 7D shows controller resistance varying from maximum to minimum in approximately equal time periods. The average resistance value then approximates half of the sum of R1 and R2. The time on-time off of the SCR can be varied automatically by the controller to provide the average resistance in the motor circuit necessary to give the desired motor speed.

The motor starter provides normal motor protective functions as well as short-circuit protection of the motor cables and starter. The Tirastat II controller monitors motor current and limits it to some preselected value, such as 150% of normal, under all conditions.

Packaging of the secondary controller is of particular interest. Both packaging and configuration lend themselves to mounting the resistors on or near the control enclosure or removing them some distance from the enclosure. By placing the resistors outdoors or at some indoor location away from the operations, heat losses can be released to the environment with impunity to operators.

The speed-torque ability of this drive would be very close to that illustrated by Figure 5. The comments contained in the text describing that figure apply equally well here. Table 3 presents significant data useful in drive selection.

Contact Secondary Controls Many pump drives utilize a very simple combination of FVNR starter, wound-rotor induction motor, and a form of contact making secondary control. Figure 8 shows the configuration with a motor and FVNR starter identical with those of Figures 4 and 7A.

The main difference between this drive and the two described previously lies in the construction of the secondary controller and the characteristics of the drive. Resistor R in

TABLE 3 Wound-rotor induction motor with Tirastat II controller drive data
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