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Calculating voltage drops in cables with vectors?

  1. Oct 11, 2013 #1

    If i Have a 3x400VAC system, and I want to calculate the voltage drop over the cable "vectorially" - or what you call it :) - how do I do this?

    I have tried this method:
    [itex]\Delta[/itex]U.conductor=I.1*Z.cable1+I.2*Z.cable2+etc. and then I will have to find the new voltage ->

    When I'm calculating this with angles, I actually get a higher voltage, after the voltage drop :D
    The voltage drop is cause by a electrical motor starting.

    In school we learn it this way:
    [itex]\varphi[/itex].motor=80 degrees

    But that is not with vectors.

    Hope you understand?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2013
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  3. Oct 11, 2013 #2


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    I'm pretty weak with respect to power factor stuff, but sin and cos are intimately tied to the vector quantities.

    Acosβ represents the X component and Asinβ the Y component of a vector of magnitude A at angle β (usually called real and imaginary parts).

    If you want to add two vectors you can add their respective X parts and Y parts to determine the new X and Y parts of the resulting vector.

    You can probably go through the equations you posted and see where the vector math is happening.
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