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Synchronous condensers

Posted By: WFO

Synchronous condensers - 05/12/06 09:52 PM

I understand the concepts of inductive and capacitive reatance and their effect on each other (as well as their effect on power factor). What I don't understand is how overexciting the DC field of a synchronous condenser actually creates a leading condition on what would normally be considered an inductive device.
Posted By: Scott35

Re: Synchronous condensers - 05/19/06 09:34 PM


Sorry to take so long for a reply, but here's a bit 'O information regarding Synchronous Motors used as Synchronous Condensers.
Hope it's helpful and useful - let me know if you have additional Questions.

Synchronous Motors have been used on account of their ability to raise the Power Factor of Systems having large Induction Motor loads, since the Power factor of such systems is frequently quite low.
In many cases, however, they may cost less and have higher efficiencies than the corresponding induction motor. This is especially true for low speed motors.

Many Synchronous Motors are designed to run at Unity Power Factor; i.e., sufficient excitation is supplied to meet the requirements of the motor only, and no reactive current is either drawn from or supplied to the power system.

In the case when it is desirable to have the Synch. Motor furnish a part of the reactive current required by the system (to bring it into / close to unity power factor), the motor is designed to operate at 80% LEADING Power Factor, and draw currents which LEADS the Voltage rather than Lags the Voltage - as is the case with Induction Motors and Transformers.
For this, the Synch. Motor gets greater excitation than that necessary for unity power factor.

The power factor correction is accomplished by resolving all currents into energy and reactive components, and taking the algebraic sums of each separately, or by means of a vector diagram.

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