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Combination tables for round magnet wire changes

  • April 2015
  • Number of views: 1625
  • Article rating: 3.0
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Before rewinding a stator, EASA strongly recommends winding data verification. We see many cases where failure to invest a few minutes up front costs a service center an additional rewind. One of the most common winding data changes made by service centers is a wire size change. Minimizing the manual calculations associated with this change can increase process efficiency while reducing errors.

Aluminum-to-copper magnet wire winding conversions: Considerations for deciding whether wire area should be reduced

  • December 2011
  • Number of views: 5543
  • Article rating: 4.4
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Although aluminum magnet wire theoretically can be converted to copper magnet wire of about 5/8 of the original wire area, in some cases this is not advisable. In others, it may result in a change in the magnetic strength of a coil or winding. In this article we will address the most common aluminum-to-copper magnet wire conversions as well as how to deal with whether the wire area should be reduced. Topics discussed include:

  • AC motor windings
  • Shunt fields
  • Series fields and interpoles
  • Transformer windings

Replacing aluminum conductors with copper conductors in power and distribution transformers up to 10 MVA

Design issues and differences in material properties must be considered before proceeding

  • August 2010
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There are many transformers in use rated up to 10 MVA (10,000 kVA) that were originally wound using aluminum conductors. When damaged or when selected for rewind, the aluminum conductor is often replaced with copper conductor. This is usually fairly routine when the conductor changes are undertaken within the bounds of the original transformer design. It is this type of change that will be reviewed in this article. It is not the intent to provide information here for the complete redesign of the transformer. It is important that all coil dimensions remain as close to the originals as possible. In carrying out the type of change outlined above, there are some design issues and differences in material properties that must be considered before proceeding with the work. Some of these issues are:

  • The effect that the difference in thermal characteristics of the materials will have on short term overload capability.
  • The effect that the different material properties will have on the original blocking and bracing system.
  • The effect that the difference in conductivity will have on conductor size.
  • The effect that the difference in conductor size may have on coil resistance and reactance.
  • The effect that the different conductor size may have on coil size (axial length) and hence its ability to withstand short circuits.

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Tests prove Premium Efficiency/IE3 Motors can be rewound without degrading efficiency.

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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.

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