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Tom Bishop, P.E.
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How do we know if a motor is operating within its temperature rating? The simple answer, and a good one, is that the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has defined temperature rise for electric motors in Motors and Generators, NEMA standard MG 1-1998. In this article we will focus on temperature rise and temperature sensing of three-phase induction motors.
We will begin by identifying some key terms. Temperature rise is the increase in temperature above ambient. Ambient temperature is the temperature of the air (or other cooling medium) in the area surrounding the motor, frequently termed “room temperature.” The sum of the ambient temperature and the temperature rise is the overall, or “hot,” temperature of a component. Insulation temperature classes are based on the overall temperature. For example, a Class B winding system is rated 130ºC. The normal maximum ambient, per NEMA, is 40ºC. The temperature rise limit for the Class B winding would be estimated at 90ºC (130-40).
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This 40-page booklet provides great advice for obtaining the longest, most efficient and cost-effective operation from general and definite purpose electric motors.
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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.
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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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