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Why use inverter and not correct ac source to ac drive directly?

  1. Feb 25, 2012 #1
    Hi all, I have a question with regards to why should we use an ac-dc, dc -dc, dc-ac converter to an ac drive? Why not connect an ac source through a transformer directly to the ac drive? Isn't it the same? What equations can prove that the use of converter is a better choice?
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  3. Feb 25, 2012 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Are you talking about a variable frequency drive? They are used so you can vary the speed of an AC motor. Otherwise they are typically connected "across the line'.
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