ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

ECN Shout Chat
Top Posters(30 Days)
Admin 17
Recent Posts
Old decora style outlets
by Admin. 03/25/17 11:40 AM
ESA Arc flash course
by TheShockDoctors. 03/24/17 10:15 AM
fuse rejectors
by HotLine1. 03/24/17 07:53 AM
Another Forum Update
by Admin. 03/22/17 03:04 PM
Dining room plugs
by watersparkfalls. 03/21/17 10:31 PM
New in the Gallery:
SE cable question
Popular Topics(Views)
231,432 Are you busy
166,150 Re: Forum
160,606 Need opinion
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 80 guests, and 10 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate This Thread
#13140 - 08/25/02 08:44 PM testing capacitor banks  
gramps  Offline
Member
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 112
ohio
one of my industrial customers,(a stone quarry), whom i do a lot of work for, recently asked me about taking on another task involving their power factor correction capacitors. looks like they have these Square-D cap banks on every motor, from 20 h.p. and up, in their operation. i've never gotten into these setups before, and i'm not sure whats involved with the evaluation and testing of them. the customer asks that i set up a procedure for having them checked, as well as their proper installation. could develop into another source for wintertime revenue, [Linked Image]. all of the equipment here is four years old or less, and he indicated to me that they have suspected problems with some of the cap banks for a long time. i'm not sure what problems he might be referring to. i hate to pass this one up,(work is work, ya know). any help from you guys on this forum would be appreciated.
thanx, ron


Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades

#13141 - 08/25/02 10:51 PM Re: testing capacitor banks  
electric-ed  Offline
Member
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 175
Canada
Power Factor correction capacitors are normally rated in Kilovars. (kvar)
I assume this is a three phase installation. You say each motor has it's own capacitor bank. This could be three single phase capacitors or one three phase unit. They should be connected similar to the 3 phase example in the sketch below. (This is a very basic schematic with no protective or control devices shown.)

Tests -
Current should be equal in all three leads.
Measure the volts and amps and use the formula (in the sketch) to calculate the kvars. Should be as high or higher than the namplate rating.
To determine if the correct capacitor is installed is more complicated. For more information, see the sample calculation on my website at http://www.electric-ed.com/Samples.htm

Hope this helps,
Ed

[Linked Image]


#13142 - 08/26/02 05:36 AM Re: testing capacitor banks  
gramps  Offline
Member
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 112
ohio
thanx, electrical-ed, for your quick response. [Linked Image] yes, these are all 3-phase applications. most of them also have Benshaw soft-starts on them. btw, great website!

thanx, ron


#13143 - 08/26/02 09:29 AM Re: testing capacitor banks  
JBD  Offline
Member
Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 599
WI, USA
Three phase capacitors are easy to test. You should be drawing equal current in each leg of the bank (this is similar to testing a transformer).

Most manufacture of electronic soft-starts recommend extreme caution when using capacitors with their SCR controlled equipment. Typically you can expect a large number of capacitor cell failure (often violently). Check with the soft-start manufacturer.



Member Spotlight
TOOL_5150
TOOL_5150
Bay Area
Posts: 61
Joined: August 2007
Show All Member Profiles 
Featured:

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

Shout Box
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.015s Queries: 14 (0.003s) Memory: 0.7587 MB (Peak: 0.8898 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2017-03-25 17:34:04 UTC