I've built a 415v 6kva 3-phase alternator set, powered by two 3hp, in-tandem single ph. 240v motors, to run some renovated antique woodworking machines (only one at a time). It all works fine. The alternator is wired Y (Star) and the machine motors are wired Delta. Do you guys think I should fit a neutral at centre Y at the alternator? and should I ground (earth) it? My neighbour, a dour ex-pat Scot, keeps tut-tutting about it and he's driving me nuts! I cannot see the point-I've got 3 linked breakers on the 3 ph, breakers on both single ph motors, residual current trip (30ma RCD), NVR , the shop has its own copper ground (earth) rod buried 4 ft in wet clay near my well, and I only run the 2 machines on the generator. Alan
Gentlemen, thanks for the input. Connected the neutral to ground this morning, as advised, all works ok. Popped round to the dour Scot, John. Told him about ECN. Did a hint of a smile flicker for a fraction of a second on that impassive face? "Aye.", he ventured after a long pause, then poured two small glasses of his best malt. (I usually get the cheap crap). We finished our dram in silence and went to look at his vegetable garden.
marc. J'ai mis le neutre au terre ce matin, comme vous avez dit, et tous marche bien. J'ai visite l'ecossais grave, mon copain John aujourd'hui, et j'ai explique l'ECN. Est-ce-que il y a une hombre d'un sourire qui tremblota, pour un quart d'un seconde, sur son visage compose? "Ouaay", il dit eventuallement, puis il versa deux petit verres du malt-whisky, le mieux. Ordinairement, c'est de la camelote. Nous avons fini le grog en silence, et allons regarder ses legumes au jardin.
Wood work but can't!
Re: 3 phase- neutral needed on alternator?#50779 04/12/0508:21 PM04/12/0508:21 PM
Another question on the alternator. Yesterday I bought 2 new 18A NVR motor starters, one for each single-phase motor, to have a better set-up. (Currently I was starting with a mish-mash of ancient contactors and relays.) Each new NVR has the usual start/stop buttons and an integral adjustable overload switch. Question? -is it OK to have 2 such devices in parallel, because each motor has its own overload too. I can't bypass the new NVR overloads, because each Stop button operates by a lever to the overload module itself. I intend to start the motors in sequence to reduce Amps. Alan