Motor insulation considerations for variable speed AC drives

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 88, No. 988, 1995

R.H. Rehder and M.E. Stutt, Peterborough Engineering Laboratory, GE Canada Inc., Peterborough, Ontario

The mining industry is taking advantage of the increased performance resulting from the use of variable speed AC drives for large motors. This technology provides increased efficiency under the variable speed and torque requirements of such drives as mine hoists, conveyors, and air moving equipment. The technology does introduce voltage spikes on the voltage wave form that stress the insulation system to a greater degree than would occur with a constant voltage source. These voltage spikes must be considered in the design of the insulation system used for these motors.
Mots Clés: Equipment, AC drives, Mine hoists, Conveyors, Air moving equipment.