Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Transformers and Drives - sizing and harmonics

  1. Oct 24, 2013 #1

    Is it true that when using transformers and three-phase drives/VFDs for induction motors, the transformer's power needs to be much higher (e.g. +40%) than the drive's in order to avoid increased harmonics (or even other problems)?

    If you know any official standard, paper or recommendation regarding the matter of sizing transformers vs drives, please share.

    Thank you.
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 24, 2013 #2
    It is a very generalized question - there is a pretty big range in quality of VFD and the types / amount of filtering that can be applied. -- So the "needs" question could be "may need" - However, every installation or application is different.
    Regardless 40% seems like a lot, but depending on who you got your info from - they may have learned that spec'ing a 40% larger transformer is insurance against problems, and has worked in the past without looking at the causes or doing real engineering.
  4. Oct 24, 2013 #3
    So there is no paradigm with reliable recommendations or relevant discoveries?
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook