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Motors: The proactive approach to voltage unbalance

  • June 2016
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Trade press article — Engineered Systems

It’s impossible to balance line-to-line voltages perfectly in three-phase circuits, so they typically differ by a few volts or more. However, if voltage unbalance exceeds 1%, it can markedly decrease the performance and energy efficiency of three-phase motors while increasing the likelihood of premature failure.

Effect of voltage variation on induction motor characteristics

  • February 2011
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What is voltage variation? Voltage variation is the deviation of voltage from the rated voltage; NEMA MG1 Section 12 allows a plus or minus 10% variation from rated voltage. That rating assumes balanced voltages and acknowledges that motor performance will not necessarily be the same as at rated voltage. "Table 1: Typical effects of voltage change" explains numerically the relationships between various motor performance parameters and a dynamic power supply subject to variation. It was featured in a paper by P. Pillay at an IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC) conference in 1995 and is shown on Page 24 in EASA's Electrical Engineering Pocket Handbook. The table was a subject of discussion at the recent meeting of the EASA Technical Services Committee in St. Louis. One purpose of this article is to better utilize the information in this table.

Taming those misbehaving motors: Troubleshooting tips for some of the most common problems

  • December 2009
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Three of the most common motor problem calls received from members by EASA's Technical Support Department are:

  • "The motor is drawing high no-load current."
  • "The current of the three line leads is not balanced."
  • "The motor is running hot."

If you have ever faced one or more of these issues, and it's almost certain you have, read on.

Getting The Most From Your Electric Motors

Getting The Most From Your Electric Motors - coverThis 40-page booklet provides great advice for obtaining the longest, most efficient and cost-effective operation from general and definite purpose electric motors.

This booklet covers topics such as:

  • Installation, startup and baseline information
  • Operational monitoring and maintenance
  • Motor and baseline installation data
  • How to read a motor nameplate
  • Motor storage recommendations



EASA/AEMT Rewind Study

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The Effect of Repair/Rewinding on Premium Efficiency/IE3 Motors
Tests prove Premium Efficiency/IE3 Motors can be rewound without degrading efficiency.


ANSI/EASA AR100-2020

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Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus
This is a must-have guide to the repair of rotating electrical machines. Its purpose is to establish recommended practices in each step of the rotating electrical apparatus rewinding and rebuilding processes.



EASA Technical Manual

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Revised May 2021
The EASA Technical Manual is the association's definitive and most complete publication. It's available FREE to members in an online format. Members can also download PDFs of the entire manual or individual sections.