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#169308 10/01/07 01:40 PM
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Hi to all,
I used to be a member here a few years back and have decided to sign back up now i have a computer again!
My current problem is that whilst i understand the concept of phase rotation,i am failing to see how the below link demonstrates identification of phase rotation with "scewing the current and voltage".
Any help is much appreciated.
ps is there any half decent free electrical simulation programs that anyone knows of,i have used p spice but i think that is more of an electronic program.

http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_2/chpt_10/3.html

james S #169334 10/02/07 06:50 AM
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Phase rotation won't impact current and voltage, not directly at least- the same voltage and current is flowing through the wires regardless of the order they're hooked up in. The biggest problem is that motors will rotate backwards.

Or, in installations with multiple power sources (EG, generator or redundant services), phase reversal at transfer switches and the like can cause BIG problems.

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I dont understand if the current and voltage does not have a direct impact then why is there less voltage on one bulb when illuminated.I have found a similar example in a text book and it says "due to the phasor addition of the voltage in the circuit then one set of bulbs will be dim"(they used two lamps in that example).
I think im missing something really silly here!!!!

james S #169418 10/04/07 05:50 PM
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It only occurs in that one specific example because of the way the RC circuit is designed; the capacitor has a reactive response 90° out of phase, which creates current on that phase close to being aligned with one of the bulb phases, and close to out-of-alignment with the other. When you reverse phase rotation, that alignment reverses, too, and the other bulb dims/brightens. It's nothing inherent to phase rotation, just an example of how improper phase rotation can mess with a circuit.


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