Armature Winding

Armature Winding

Winding Types:-

Concentrated three-phase,half-coil wave winding with one slot per phase(one coil side per slot and instantaneous polarity and phase relation of coils).

A three phase winding, in extremely simplified form. The start and finish of all the coils in phase A are designated, respectively, as SA and FA. Phase A is shown as a solid line in the figure, phase B as a dashed line, and phase C as a dotted line. Note that each winding does not start and finish under the same pole. Further, note that the two coil sides of a given coil lie in identical magnetic conditions of opposite polarity. This implies that when seen from the coil terminals, the emfs produced in the two coil sides add up. If we assume that the poles on the rotor are moving to the left as shown, then the relative motion of the armature conductors is to the right. This implies that identical
magnetic conditions will be seen by conductors of phase A, followed by phase C, followed by phase B. The induced emfs in phases A,C and B may be said to produce a phase sequence of ACBACBA. The time interval between two phases to achieve identical magnetic conditions would depend on the relative speed of motion, and on the spatial separation of the phases. the phases are so laid out that each phase is separated from another by 120 electrical
degrees (360
being defined by the distance to achieve identical magnetic conditions).

As the distance between two adjacent corresponding points on the poles is 180 electrical degrees, we can see that the distance between the coil side at the start of A and that at the start of C must be 120 electrical degrees. Thus, the leading pole tip of a unit north pole moving to the left will induce identical voltages in corresponding coil sides A, C, and B, respectively, 120 electrical degrees apart. Note that phase B lags phase A by 240 electrical degrees or leads phase A by 120 electrical degrees, is a representation that is frequently used to depict the winding’s of the three phases and the phase relationship between them.

The winding depicted in is an open winding since both ends of the winding’s have been brought out for suitable connections. It is a wave winding since it progresses from pole to pole. It is a concentrated winding because all the coils of one phase are concentrated in the same slot under one pole. It is a half-coil winding because there is only one-half of a coil (one coil side) in each slot. It is a full-pitch winding because the coil sides of one coil are 180electrical degrees apart i.e., they lie under identical magnetic conditions, but of opposite polarity under adjacent poles.

on the other hand shows the coils of a single phase,(A, in this case) distributed winding distributed over two slots under each pole.


Half-coil and whole-coil Winding’s :-

Half-coil (also called single-layer) windings are sometimes used in small induction motor stators and in the rotors of small wound-rotor induction motors. A cross section of a half-coil, single-layer winding is, Like the dc dynamo armature windings, most commercial armatures for ac synchronous generators are of the full or wholecoil two-layer type, shown in cross section at the right. The whole-coil, two-layer winding gets its name from the fact that there are two coil sides (one coil) per slot. shows a single-layer, half-coil lap windings; shows a double-layer, full-coil lap winding. A cross section of a single layer (half-coil) winding is in fig.


Chorded or fractional -pitch winding’s :-

Whereas most single-layer windings are full-pitch windings, the two-layer, whole-coil windings are generally designed on an armature as a chorded or fractional-pitch windings. This common practice stems from the fact that the primary advantage of the whole-coil windings is that it permits the use of fractional-pitch coils in order to save copper. As will  be shown later, fractional-pitch windings, when used in ac synchronous and asynchronous generator armatures, in addition to saving copper, (1) reduce the MMF harmonics produced by the armature winding and (2) reduce the EMF harmonics induced in the windings, without reducing the magnitude of the fundamental EMF wave to a great extent. For the three reasons cited, fractional-pitch windings are almost universally used in ac synchronous generator armatures.


EMF of Fractional Pitch Winding :-

 

In the case of an ac generator using a full-pitch coil, the two coil sides span a distance exactly equal to the pole pitch of 180 electrical degrees. As a result, the EMFs induced in a full-pitch coil are such that the coil side EMFs are in phase. The total coil voltage Ec is 2E1, if E1 is the emf induced in a coil-side.   In the case of the two-layer winding, note that the coil span of single coil is less than the pole span of 180 electrical degrees. The EMF induced in each coil side is not in phase, and the resultant coil voltage Ec would be less than the arithmetic sum of the EMF of each coil side, or less than 2E1. It is obvious that 2E1 must be multiplied by a factor,kp, that is less than unity, to get the proper value for coil voltage Ec (or Ec = 2E1kp).

 

The pitch factor kp is given by The pitch factor may be quantified in terms of angles as follows. If we assume that the induced EMFs of two coils, E1 and E2, are out of phase with respect to each other by some angle β, then the angle between E1 and the resultant coil voltage Eis β/2 .The resultant coil voltage Ec is from Eqn. 6

and, therefore,

 

The angle β is 1800 minus the number of electrical degrees spanned by the coil, for a shortpitched coil. For a full pitched coil, therefore, kp = 1 as β = 0.

Since β is the supplementary of the coil span, the pitch factor kp may also be expressed as where p0 is the span of the coil in electrical degrees, 

It is sometimes convenient to speak of an armature coil span as having a fractional pitch expressed as a fraction e.g., a 5/6 pitch, or an 11/12 pitch, etc. This fraction is infact the ratio of the number of slots spanned by a coil to the number of slots in a full pitch. In such a case, the electrical degrees spanned, p0 is 5/6 1800, or 1500; or 11/12 1800 or 1650; etc. The pitch factor kp is still computed as in Eqn. 9. Over pitched coils are not normaly used in practice as there is an increased requirement of copper wire without any additional advantage.


Relation between Electrical and Mechanical Degrees of Rotation:-

As stated earlier there are 180 electrical degrees between the centers of two adjacent north and south poles. Since 360 electrical degrees represents a full cycle of sinusoidal EMF, we are interested in determining how many sinusoidal cycles are generated in one complete mechanical rotation, i.e., 360 mechanical degrees for a machine having P poles. The number of electrical degrees as a function of degrees of mechanical rotation is,

 

where P is the number of poles (always an even integer), p is the number of pole-pairs, and θ is the number of mechanical degrees of rotation.Thus, a two-pole machine generates one cycle of sinusoidal; a four-pole machine generates two cycles and so on, in one full revolution of the armature.


Distributed winding’s and distribution (or Belt) factor:-

The winding’s are called concentrated winding’s because all the coil sides of a given phase are concentrated in a single slot under a given pole. In determining the induced ac voltage per phase, it would be necessary only to multiply the voltage induced in any given coil by the number of series-connected coils in each phase. This is true for the winding shown in Fig. 8 because the conductors of each coil, respectively, lie in the same position with respect to the N and S poles as other series coils in the same phase. Since these individual coil voltages are induced in phase with each other, they may be added arithmetically. In other words, the induced emf per phase is the product of the emf in one coil and the number of series connected coils in that phase.

Concentrated winding’s in which all conductors of a given phase per pole are concentrated in a single slot, are not commercially used because they have the following disadvantages,

  • They fail to use the entire inner periphery of the stator iron efficiently.
  • They make it necessary to use extremely deep slots where the winding’s are concentrated. This causes an increase in the mmf required to setup the air gap flux.
  • The effect of the second disadvantage is to also increase the armature leakage flux and the armature reactance.
  • They result in low copper-to-iron ratios by not using the armature iron completely.
  • They fail to reduce harmonics as effectively as distributed winding’s.

For the five reasons just given, it is more advantageous to distribute the armature winding, using more slots and a uniform spacing between slots, than to concentrate the winding’s in a few deep slots.

When the slots are distributed around the armature uniformly, the winding that is inserted is called a distributed winding. Note that two coils in phase belt A are displaced by one slot angle (the angular displacement between two successive slots) with respect to each other. The induced voltages of each of these coils will be displaced by the same degree to which the slots have been distributed, and the total voltage induced in any phase will be the phasor sum of the individual coil voltages. For an armature winding having four coils distributed over say, 2/3 rd of a pole-pitch, in four slots, the four individual coil side voltages are represented as displaced by some angle α, the number of electrical degrees between adjacent slots, known as slot angle. It is 300 for the case of 4 slots per phase belt. Voltages Ec1, Ec2, etc., are the individual coil voltages, and n is the number of coils in a given phase belt, in general.

For a machine using n slots for a phase belt, the belt or distribution factor kd by which the arithmetic sum of the individual coil voltages must be multiplied in order to yield the phasor sum is determined by the following method,

 

where all terms are previously defined

 

As in the case of Eqn. 12., the computation of kd in terms of voltages (either theo- retical or actual) is impractical. The construction in which perpendiculars have been drawn to the center of each of the individual coil voltage phasor to a common center of radius ’r’ (using dashed lines) serves to indicate that α/2 is the angle BOA. Coil side voltage AB equals OA sin α/2, and coil voltage represented by chord AC equals 2OA sin α/2. For n coils in series per phase, chord AN, is also 2OA sin nα/2, and the distribution or belt factor kd is

 

where

n is the number of slots per pole per phase (s.p.p)
α is the number of electrical degrees between adjacent slots i.e. slot angle.

It should be noted from Eqn. 12. that the distribution factor kd for any fixed or given number of phases is a sole function of the number of distributed slots under a given pole. As the distribution of coils (slots/pole) increases, the distribution factor kd decreases. It is not affected by the type of winding, lap or wave, or by the number of turns per coil, etc.


Generated EMF in a Synchronous Generator :-

It is now possible to derive the computed or expected EMF per phase generated in a synchronous generator. Let us assume that this generator has an armature winding consisting of a total number of full pitched concentrated coils C, each coil having a given number of turns Nc. Then the total number of turns in any given phase of an m-phase generator armature is

 

But Faraday’s law Sec. ?? states that the average voltage induced in a single turn of two coil sides is

 

The voltage induced in one conductor is 2φ/(1/s) = 2φs, where s=speed of rotation in r.p.s, for a 2 pole generator. Furthermore, when a coil consisting of Nc turns rotates in a uniform magnetic field, at a uniform speed, the average voltage induced in an armature coil is

 

where φ is the number of lines of flux (in Webers) per pole, Nc is number of turns per coil, s is the relative speed in revolutions/second (rps) between the coil of Nc turns and the magnetic field φ.

 

A speed s of 1 rps will produce a frequency f of 1 Hz. Since f is directly proportional and equivalent to s, (for a 2-pole generator) replacing the latter in Eqn. 14, for all the series turns in any phase,

 

However, in the preceding section we discovered that the voltage per phase is made more completely sinusoidal by intentional distribution of the armature winding. The effective rms value of a sinusoidal ac voltage is 1.11 times the average value. The effective ac voltage per phase is

 

But Eqn. 16 is still not representative of the effective value of the phase voltage generated in an armature in which fractional-pitch coils and a distributed winding are employed. Taking the pitch factor kp and the distribution factor kd into account, we may now write the equation for the effective value of the voltage generated in each phase of an AC synchronous generator as

 

 


Frequency of an A.C. Synchronous Generator:-

Commercial ac synchronous generators have many poles and may rotate at various speeds, either as alternators or as synchronous or induction motors.Eqn. 13 was derived for a two-pole device in which the generated EMF in the stationary armature winding changes direction every half-revolution of the two-pole rotor. One complete revolution will produce one complete positive and negative pulse each cycle. The frequency in cycles per second (Hz) will, as stated previously, depend directly on the speed or number of revolutions per second (rpm/60) of the rotating field.

 

If the ac synchronous generator has multiple poles (having, say, two, four, six, or eight poles…), then for a speed of one revolution per second (1 rpm/60), the frequency per revolution will be one, two, three, or four …, cycles per revolution, respectively. The frequency per revolution, is therefore, equal to the number of pairs of poles. Since the
frequency depends directly on the speed (rpm/60) and also on the number of pairs of poles (P/2), we may combine these into a single equation in which

 

where
P is the number of poles
N is the speed in rpm (rev/min)
f is. the frequency in hertz
ωm is the speed in radians per second (rad/s)
ωe is the speed electrical radians per second.


Constructional Details of Rotor :-

As stated earlier the field windings are provided in the rotor or the rotating member of the synchronous machine. Basically there are two general classifications for large 3 phase synchronous generators ——cylindrical rotor and salient-pole rotor – .

The cylindrical-rotor construction is peculiar to synchronous generators driven by steam turbines and which are also known as turbo alternators or turbine generators. Steam turbines operate at relatively high speeds, 1500 and 3000 rpm being common for 50 Hz, accounting for the cylindrical-rotor construction, which because of its compactness readily withstands the centrifugal forces developed in the large sizes at those speeds. In addition, the smoothness of the rotor contour makes for reduced windage losses and for quiet operation.

Salient-pole rotors are used in low-speed synchronous generators such as those driven by water wheels. They are also used in synchronous motors. Because of their low speeds salient-pole generators require a large number of poles as, for example, 60 poles for a 100-rpm 50 Hz generator.

illustrates two and four pole cylindrical rotors along with a developed view of the field winding for one pair of poles. One pole and its associated field coil of a salient-pole rotor.The stator slots in which the armature winding is embedded are not shown for reasons of simplicity. The approximate path taken by the field flux, not including leakage flux, is indicated by the dashed lines in The field coils in are represented by filaments but actually (except for the insulation between turns and between the coil sides and the slot) practically fill the slot more nearly in keeping with fig.  

The stepped curve represents the waveform of the mmf produced by the distributed field winding if the slots are assumed to be completely filled by the copper in the coil sides instead of containing current filaments. The sinusoidal indicated by the dashed line represents approximately the fundamental component of the mmf wave.

The air gap in cylindrical-rotor machines is practically of uniform length except for the slots in the rotor and in the stator, and when the effect of the slots and the tangential component of H, which is quite small for the low ratio of air-gap length to the arc subtended by one pole in conventional machines, are neglected, the stepped mmf wave in  produces a flux-density space wave in which the corners of the steps are rounded due to fringing. The flux density wave form is therefore more nearly sinusoidal than the mmf waveform when the effect of the slots is neglected. However, saturation of the iron in the region of maximum mmf tends to flatten the top of the flux-density wave.


Excitation Systems for Synchronous Machines :-

A number of arrangements for supplying direct current to the fields of synchronous machines have come into use. Adjustments in the field current may be automatic or manual depending upon the complexity and the requirements of the power system to which the generator is connected.


Excitation systems are usually 125 V up to ratings of 50kW with higher voltages for the larger ratings. The usual source of power is a direct-connected exciter, motor- generator

 

 

 

 

 

 

set, rectifier, or battery. A common excitation system in which a conventional dc shunt generator mounted on the shaft of the synchronous machine furnishes the field excitation. The output of the exciter (i.e., the field current of the synchronous machine) is varied by adjusting the exciter field rheostat. A somewhat more complex system that makes use of a pilot exciter—- a compound dc generator—- also mounted on the generator shaft, which in turn excites the field of the main exciter. This arrangement makes for greater rapidity of response, a feature that is important in the case of synchronous generators when there are disturbances on the system to which the generator is connected. In some installations a separate motor-driven exciter furnishes the excitation. An induction motor is used instead of a synchronous motor because in a severe system disturbance a synchronous motor may pullout of synchronism with the system. In addition, a large flywheel is used to carry the exciter through short periods of severely reduced system
voltage.


Brushless Excitation System:-

The brushless excitation system eliminates the usual commutator, collector rings, and brushes. One arrangement in which a permanent magnet pilot exciter, an ac main exciter, and a rotating rectifier are mounted on the same shaft as the field of the ac turbogenerator is the permanent magnet pilot excitor has a stationary armature and a rotating permanent magnetic field. It feeds 400 Hz, three-phase power to a regulator, which in turn supplies regulated dc power to the stationary field of a rotating-armature ac exciter, The output of the ac exciter is rectified by diodes and delivered to the field of the turbo generator.


Brush less excitation systems have been also used extensively in the much smaller generators employed in aircraft applications where reduced atmospheric pressure intensifies problems of brush deterioration. Because of their mechanical simplicity, such systems lend themselves to military and other applications that involve moderate amounts of power.


The Action of the Synchronous Machine:-

Just like the DC generator, the behaviour of a Synchronous generator connected to an external load is not the same as at no-load. In order to understand the action of the Synchronous machine when it is loaded, let us take a look at the flux distributions in the machine when the armature also carries a current. Unlike in the DC machine here the current  peak and the emf peak will not occur in the same coil due to the effect of the power factor (pf) of the load. In other words the current and the induced emf will be at their peaks in the same coil only for upf loads. For zero power factor (zpf)(lagging) loads, the current reaches its peak in a coil which falls behind that coil wherein the induced emf is at its peak by nearly 90 electrical degrees or half a pole-pitch. Likewise for zero power factor (zpf)(leading) loads, the current reaches its peak in a coil which is ahead of that coil wherein the induced emf is at its peak by nearly 90 electrical degrees or half a pole-pitch. For simplicity, let us assume the resistance and leakage reactance of the stator windings to be negligible. Let us also assume the magnetic circuit to be linear i.e. the flux in the magnetic circuit is deemed to be proportional to the resultant ampere-turns – in other words we assume that there is no saturation of the magnetic core. Thus the e.m.f. induced is the same as the terminal voltage, and the phase-angle between current and e.m.f. is determined only by the power factor (pf) of the external load connected to the synchronous generator.


Armature Reaction:-2

In order to understand more clearly let us consider a sketch of a stretched-out synchronous machine which shows the development of a fixed stator car rying armature windings, and a rotor carrying field windings and capable of rotation within it. The directions of the currents and the flux distribution are when the emf induced in the stator coils is the maximum. The coil links no resultant flux but is in the position of greatest rate of change of flux. The coil position shown is also that for maximum current when the current is in phase with the voltage: i.e for a pure resistive load.

 

The current in the coil has no effect on the total flux per pole, but causes a strengthening on one side and a weake-ning on the other side of the pole shoes. Thus the armature conductors find themselves in the circumstances illustrated, and a torque is produced by the interaction of the main flux φm with the current in the conductors. The torque thus produced is seen to be opposed to the direction of motion of the rotor – the force on the conductors is such as to push them to the left and by reaction to push the rotor to the right (as the armature coils are stationary). The rotor is rotated by a prime mover against this reaction, so that the electrical power, the product EI, is produced by virtue of the supply of a corresponding mechanical power. Thus it is evident from the distortion of the main flux distribution that electrical energy is converted from mechanical energy and the machine operates as a generator. An unidirectional torque is maintained as the stator conductors cut N-Pole and S-Pole fluxes alternately resulting in alternating emfs at a frequency equal to the number of pole-pairs passed per second and the currents also alternate with the emf. The assumption that the conditions represent co-phasal emf and current is not quite true. The strengt hening of the resultant flux on the right of the poles and an equivalent amount of weakening on the left effectively shift the main field flux axis against the direction of rotation, so that the actual e.m.f. E induced in the armature winding is an angle δ behind the position E0 that it would occupy if the flux were undistorted as shown in the adjacent phasor diagram pertaining to this condition of operation. Thus the effect of a resistive (unit power factor (upf)) load connected to a synchronous generator is to shift the main field flux axis due to what is known as cross-magnetization.

The action of a synchronous machine operating as a motor at unit power factor (upf). Just like a DC motor, a synchronous motor also requires an externally-applied voltage V in order to circulate in it a current in opposition to the induced e.m.f. E. The coil is shown in the position of maximum induced emf and current, but the current is oppositely directed to that. Again the m.m.f. of the coil does not affect the total flux in the common magnetic circuit, but distorts the distribution in such a way as to produce a torque in the same direction as the motion. The machine is a motor by virtue of the electrical input VI causing a torque in the direction of motion.

The flux distortion causes a shift of the flux axis across the poles, so that the actual e.m.f. E is an angle δ ahead of the position E0 that it would occupy if the flux were undistorted as shown in the adjacent phasor diagram, pertaining to this condition of operation.

Next let us consider this generator to be connected to a purely inductive load so that the current I in the coils lags behind the e.m.f. E by 90 electrical degrees i.e. corresponding to a quarter-period, in time scale. Since the coil-position is represents that for maximum e.m.f., the poles would have moved through half a pole-pitch before the current in the coil has reached a maximum  is obvious that the ampere-turns of the stator coils are now in direct opposition to those on the pole, thereby reducing the total flux and e.m.f. Since the stator and rotor ampere-turns
act in the same direction, there is no flux-distortion, no torque, and hence no additional mechanical power. This circumstance is in accordance with the fact that there is also no electrical power output as E and I are in phase quadrature. The phasor
Eo represents the e,m.f. with no demagnetizing armature current, emphasizing the
reduction in e.m.f. due to the reduced flux.

Likewise, when this generator is connected to a purely capacitive load i.e the current I in the coil leads the emf E by 90 electrical degrees, the conditions are such that the armature AT and the field AT will be assisting each other.

When the generator supplies a load at any other power factor intermediate between unity and zero, a combination of cross- and direct-magnetization is produced on the magnetic circuit by the armature current. The crossmagne-tization is distorting and torque-producing; the direct-magnetization decreases (for lagging currents) or increases (for leading currents) the ampere-turns acting on the magnetic circuit as in affecting the main flux and the e.m.f. accordingly.

For a motor the torque is reversed on account of the current reversal, and the directmagnetizing effect is assisting the field ampere-turns for lagging currents. The action of the armature ampere-turns as described above is called armature-reaction. The effect of the armature reaction has a far-reaching influence on the performance of the synchronous motor, particularly as regards the power factor at which it operates and the amount of field excitation that it requires.


Behavior of a loaded Synchronous Generator:-

The simple working of the synchronous machine can be summed up as follows: A synchronous machine driven as a  generator produces e.m.f.’s in its armature windings at a frequency f = np. These e.m.f.’s when applied to normal circuits produce currents of the same frequency. Depending on the p.f of the load, field distortion is produced, generating a mechanical torque and demanding an input of mechanical energy to satisfy the electrical output. As the stator currents change direction in the same time as they come from one magnetic polarity to the next, the torque is unidirectional. The torque of individual phases is pulsating just like in a single-phase induction machine – but the torque of a three-phase machine is constant for balanced loads.

      For the cylindrical rotor machine the fundamental armature reaction can be more

 

convincingly divided into cross-magnetizing and direct-magnetizing components, since the uniform air-gap permits sinusoidal m.m.f s to produce more or less sinusoidal fluxes. a machine with two poles and the currents in the three-phase armature winding produce a reaction field having a sinusoidally-distributed fundamental component and an axis coincident, for the instant considered, with that of one phase such as A A. The rotor windings, energized by direct current, give also an approximately sinusoidal rotor m.m.f. distribution. The machine is shown in operation as a generator supplying a lagging current. The relation of the armature reaction m.m.f. Fa to the field m.m.f. The Fa sine wave is resolved into the components Faq corresponding to the cross-component and Fad corresponding to the direct-component, which in this case demagnetizes in accordance with, Fad acts in direct opposition to Ft and reduces the effective m.m.f. acting round the normal magnetic circuit. Faq shifts the axis of the resultant m.m.f. (and flux) backward against the direction of rotation of the field system.

 

 

 


Open-circuit and Short-circuit Tests :-

The effect of saturation on the performance of synchronous machines is taken into account by means of the magnetization curve and other data obtained by tests on an existing machine. Only some basic test methods are considered. The unsaturated synchronous impedance and approximate value of the saturated synchronous impedance can be obtained form the open-circuit and short-circuit tests.

In the case of a constant voltage source having constant impedance, the impedance can be found by dividing the open-circuit terminal voltage by the short circuit current. However, when the impedance is a function of the open-circuit voltage, as it is when the machine is saturated, the open-circuit characteristic or magnetization curve in addition to the short-circuit characteristic is required.

The unsaturated synchronous reactance is constant because the reluctance

 

 

 

of the unsaturated iron is negligible. The equivalent circuit of one phase of a polyphase synchronous machine is for the open-circuit condition and for the short circuit condition. Now Eaf is the same in both cases when the impedance Zs. Where Eaf is the open-circuit volts per phase and Isc is the short-circuit current per phase.


Open-circuit Characteristic:-

 

 

To obtain the open-circuit characteristic the machine is driven at its rated speed without load. Readings of line-to-line voltage are taken for various values of field current. The voltage except in very low-voltage machines is stepped down by means of instrument potential transformers. The open-circuit characteristic or no-load saturation curve. Two sets of scales are shown; one, line to-line volts versus field current in amperes and the other per-unit open-circuit voltage versus per-unit field current. If it were not for the magnetic saturation of the iron, the open-circuit characteristic would be linear as represented by the air-gap line. It is important to note that 1.0 per unit field current corresponds to the value of the field current that would produce rated voltage if there were no saturation. On the basis of this convention, the per-unit representation is such as to make the air-gap lines of all synchronous machines identical.


Short circuit Test:-

 

 

The three terminals of the armature are short -circuited each through a current measuring circuit, which except for small machines is an instrument current transformer with an ammeter in its secondary. A diagram of connections in which the current transformers are omitted.


The machine is driven at approximately synchronous (rated) speed and measurements of armature short-circuit current are made for various values of field current, usually up to and somewhat above rated armature current. The short-circuit characteristic (i.e. armature short circuit current versus field current). In conventional synchronous machines the short-circuit characteristic is practically linear because the iron is unsaturated up to rated armature current and somewhat beyond, because the magnetic axes of the armature and the field practically coincide (if the armature had zero resistance the magnetic axes would be in exact alignment), and the field and armature mmfs oppose each other.


Unsaturated Synchronous Impedance:-

The open circuit and short-circuit characteristics are represented on the same graph. The field current oa produces a line-to line voltage oc on the air- gap line, which would be the open-circuit voltage if there were no saturation. The same value of field current produces the armature current o’d and the unsaturated synchronous reactance is given by

 

When the open-circuit characteristic, air-gap line, and the short-circuit characteristic are plotted in per-unit, then the per unit value of unsaturated synchronous reactance equals the per-unit voltage on the air-gap line which results from the same value of field current as that which produces rated short-circuit (one-per unit) armature current. In this would be the per-unit value on the air gap line corresponding to the field current og.

 

 

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