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VFD'S #23163
03/12/03 09:04 PM
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sparky*62  Offline OP
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I am having problems with a 2hp 460 volt vfd . It has blown the capacitors inside the drive. I megged the motor and wires and no faults there. It has happened twice. Any ideas?

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Re: VFD'S #23164
03/12/03 10:14 PM
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vfd=variable frequency drive?

If so, make sure the incoming voltage is within range and not too low, especially if the drive is reversing during it's normal run cycle.

Just a hunch......

Dave


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Re: VFD'S #23165
03/12/03 10:56 PM
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Re: VFD'S #23166
03/12/03 11:39 PM
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High temperature and overvoltage can be tough on electrolytic capacitors. Check line-side diodes to be sure one didn't fail, injecting AC into the DC bus/capacitor(s). Sometimes smaller VFDs become such a narrow-profit commodity that it’s cheaper to do a wholesale replacement. Some make good boat anchors—many do not.

Re: VFD'S #23167
03/13/03 12:42 AM
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62,
What sort of cabling are you using between the drive and the motor?.
Is there any Mains-borne interference on the wires feeding the VFD, these units need a perfect Sine Wave input or there will be problems.
Unfortunately, you will need an oscilloscope,
to see what the waveshape is like, any harmonic interference on the lineside of the VFD, cause wierd currents to flow where they shouldn't.
Hope this helps. [Linked Image]

Re: VFD'S #23168
03/13/03 05:50 AM
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62,- This could be almost anything, like maybe a scr, rectifier, diode, or trim pot. Did you take it apart to see any possible over heating on the boards? Might be a good idea to call the drive's tech dept. for some help. did you disconnect motor leads from the drive before you meggered??


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Re: VFD'S #23169
03/13/03 07:02 AM
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gramps  Offline
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check the output at the d.c. bus. should be between 700 and 800 VDC, for a 460 volt drive. if its not in this range, you prolly have an SCR problem.


gramps

Re: VFD'S #23170
03/13/03 11:01 AM
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Pearlfish  Offline
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How much torque is on your load and what is your Decel time? If your decel time is too short you will have too much regenerative current feeding back into your drive. A properly sized braking resister might help.
JMHO

Re: VFD'S #23171
03/13/03 05:21 PM
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What are VFDS? I thought it meant Vacuum Flourscent Display (VFD) Like the displays in VCRs, DVDs, Receivers etc. Those displays are also used in computers now.

Re: VFD'S #23172
03/13/03 05:27 PM
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iwire  Offline
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Variable Frequency Drives

They control frequency and voltage supplied to standard AC motors so you can ramp them from 0 RPM to above the nameplate RPM if the motor can take it.


Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
Massachusetts
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