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    Compare 3 Starting Methods for 3-phase Asynchronous Motor

    An induction motor is similar to a poly-phase transformer whose secondary is short circuited. Thus, at normal supply voltage, like in transformers, the initial current taken by the primary is very large for a short while. Unlike in DC motors, large current at starting is due to the absence of back emf. If an induction motor is directly switched on from the supply, it takes 5 to 7 times its full load current and develops a torque which is only 1.5 to 2.5 times the full load torque. This large starting current produces a large voltage drop in the line, which may affect the operation of other devices connected to the same line. Hence, it is not advisable to start induction motors of higher ratings (generally above 25kW) directly from the mains supply.

    Various starting methods of induction motors are described below.

    Direct starting

    This kind of starting mode is the most basic and simplest in the motor starting. The method is characterized by less investment, simple equipment and small quantity. Although the starting time is short, the torque is smaller at starting and the current is large, which is suitable for starting small capacity motors.

    Direct starting

    Soft starter

    Only the output voltage can be changed, the starting torque is small, the impact on the grid is small, and it is not suitablefor heavy-load starting.

    Soft starter

    Advantages of soft starter

    1. The smallest impact on the machine, load and power grid can be achieved.
    2. lt is much cheaper than VFD.
    3. The size is much smaller than the star-delta starter.
    4. Simple installation.
    5. There is no electromagnetic compatibility problem.

    Insufficient: It cannot adjust speed.

    VFD starting

    The output frequency and voltage can be changed, the starting torque is large, the impact on the grid is smalland it can start smoothly, suitable for heavy-load starting.

    VFD starting

    Advantages of VFD

    1. It can affect the starting and stopping of the motor;
    2. There is a constant voltage-frequency conversion relationship;
    3. Less impact on the machine, load and power grid;
    4. The motor speed can be adjusted.

    Insufficiency of frequency converter

    1. The price is more expensive than soft starters;
    2. There is an electromagnetic compatibility problem,which usually needs to be used together with a filter.

    So, what device would you like to use to start your motor? View the video to see more details.

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