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Resistive load bank testing for generator

  1. May 13, 2009 #1
    Ok, so here's my scenario/question. I am a technician that works on generators and does load bank testing on them. I'm having a debate with my boss about power factor and IF i'm wrong--I would like to understand why.
    Today I load banked a generator that was rated at 25kVA and could run at 120/240 single phase, 120/208 3 phase, or 277/480 3 phase. I was running the generator on the 480 setting and, according to the data plate, the max amps at 480 is 30.1. The power factor on the data plate says .8, however the load bank is purely resistive and has a pf of 1.0. So, I put 30.1 amps on it and the generator couldn't take it. My boss told me that I was overloading the generator and that i need to factor in the .8 power factor, but my thinking is--the load is a 1.0 so i need to forego the pf and run it at what the data plate says. Who is right and who is wrong? a little explanation of pf would be helpful. thanks.

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  3. May 14, 2009 #2
    He is right. Generally in generators we face the two group limitation, mechanical and electrical limitation. In your description you just concentrate to machine electrical characteristics whereas you should check the mechanical performance of machine too.
    Seemingly, the active power capacity of your machine is 25/0.8 = 20 KW, if it is right, you can drive a resistive load with maximum current of 24 A (20000/1.73*480) not 30.1 A.

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  4. Oct 29, 2009 #3
    Resistive load bank for testing generators

    We have developed a resistive load bank 30 KWatts in our setup based on readings we have taken on different loads with different generators and maximum current rating observed was 36 Amperes at 0.8 Pwr Factor. Therefore, we designed our load bank catering to the maximum current being drawn by the load and developed our load bank with a capacity of 45 Amperes (which is 20 % over and above the observed current).

    Now, the user is objecting on our design on the premise that we have designed our load bank as purely resistive bank of loads without appreciating the fact that our developed load bank design is already catering the maximum current rating.

    Kindly offer your comments whether there are going to be any parameters which will remain un-checked if our load bank is connected to a generator having same specifications (i.e 30 KVA).

    Best regards

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