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1 Exercise 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect EXERCISE OBJECTIVE When you have completed this exercise, you will be able to demonstrate some of the effects of armature reaction and saturation in dc machines using the DC Motor/Generator. DISCUSSION OUTLINE The Discussion of this exercise covers the following points: Armature reaction Saturation effect DISCUSSION Armature reaction Previously, you saw that the rotation speed of a dc motor or generator is proportional to the armature voltage, and that the torque is proportional to the armature current. However, these two relationships no longer apply when the armature current considerably increases and exceeds its nominal value. This is because the magnetic field produced by the armature starts to negatively affect the magnetic field produced by the field electromagnet. The effect of armature reaction on the output voltage of a dc generator is illustrated in Figure 3-1. When the armature current equals zero, the flux in the dc generator is horizontal, the commutator perfectly rectifies the voltage induced in the armature winding, and the dc generator output voltage is maximum, as shown in Figure 3-1a. However, when the armature current does not equal zero, the magnetic fields produced by the armature and the field electromagnet add vectorially. The magnetic flux resulting from the interaction of both magnetic fields is no longer horizontal, as shown in Figure 3-1b, and the induced voltage is delayed. Since the instants of commutation have not changed, the average value of the rectified voltage (output voltage) is reduced. Along with producing a lower output voltage, commutation occurs at instants when the induced voltage is not zero, and thus, causes sparking at the brushes and commutator. This increases wear on the brushes and commutator. Another problem created by armature reaction is a decrease in the magnetic torque when the armature current increases. Festo Didactic

2 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Discussion Stator Stator Stator Stator N Fixed Armature S N Armature S Armature Fixed Resulting S N Commutation instants Commutation instants Induced voltage (V) Output voltage (V) (a) (b) Figure 3-1. Effect of the armature reaction on the generator output voltage. Figure 3-2a shows the effect of armature reaction on the output voltage-versusoutput current relationship of a separately-excited dc generator. The dotted line is the voltage-versus-current relationship for a theoretical dc generator (without armature reaction, i.e., ). The other curve is the actual voltage-versus-current relationship of the same generator, including armature reaction. As can be seen, armature reaction causes an additional decrease in the output voltage. This additional decrease becomes higher and higher as the output current increases. Figure 3-2b shows the effect of armature reaction on the torque-versus-current relationship of a separately-excited dc machine. The dotted line is the theoretical (linear) torque-versus-current relationship, i.e., without armature reaction. The other curve is the actual relationship including armature reaction. As can be seen, armature reaction causes the torque to cease increasing linearly with current ( or, depending on whether the dc machine operates as a motor or generator). 108 Festo Didactic

3 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Discussion Output voltage (V) Theoretical relationship (without armature reaction) Actual relationship including armature reaction Motor torque (Nm or lbfin) Theoretical relationship Actual relationship including armature reaction Output current (A) Current or (A) (a) Output voltage versus output current (b) Torque versus output current or Figure 3-2. Effects of the armature reaction. The most serious consequence of armature reaction is the increased wear on the brushes and the commutator caused by sparking. For small dc machines, commutation can be improved by shifting the position of the brushes, but this solution only applies to the exact operating point at which they are adjusted. If one wishes to change the direction of rotation or operate the dc machine as a generator, the brush position must be readjusted. To improve commutation, large motors include extra windings, called commutating windings, through which armature current flows. They are physically located so as to produce a magnetic field that causes a weak voltage to be induced in the armature coils being commutated. In this way, proper commutation is ensured independently of the value of the armature current, the direction of rotation, and the machine operation (motor or generator). Commutation can also be improved by using a permanent-magnet dc motor because it exhibits almost no armature reaction for values of current up to five times greater than the nominal armature current. This is due to the fact that a permanent magnet can create a very powerful magnetic field that is almost completely immune to being affected by another magnetic source. The magnetic field produced by the armature, therefore, has very little effect on the overall magnetic field in the machine. Another criteria which influences commutation is the inductance of the armature winding. When the armature inductance is too large, commutation is difficult because current flow cannot stop and reverse instantly in inductors having a large inductance. The permanent-magnet dc motor has the particularity of having a small armature inductance which ensures better commutation. For these reasons, the characteristics of permanent-magnet dc motors exceed those of separately-excited, series, and shunt motors. However, it is not possible to build large-size permanent-magnet dc motors. Festo Didactic

4 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Discussion Saturation effect As you saw previously, the field current of a dc motor can be varied to modify the operating characteristics. For example, when is decreased, the speed increases even though the armature voltage remains fixed. However, the motor torque developed for a given armature current decreases. As a result, the motor output power remains the same because it is proportional to the product of speed and torque. Many times, it is desirable to have a motor that produces a maximum value of torque at low speed. To obtain such a motor, the strength of the field electromagnet must be increased (higher field current ), as well as the strength of the rotating electromagnet in the armature (higher armature current ). However, the armature current must be limited to prevent overheating. Furthermore, the field current must also be limited to prevent saturation. When one starts to increase the field current, constant increases proportionally. However, once the field current exceeds a certain value, saturation in the iron of the machine starts to occur. As a result, the strength of the field electromagnet no longer increases proportionally to the field current. Figure 3-3 illustrates how the torque produced by a dc motor increases when the field current increases and the armature current remains at a fixed value. Motor torque (Nm or lbfin) Saturation knee Fixed armature current Field current (A) Figure 3-3. Effect of saturation on the torque of a dc motor. As can be seen, the curve of the torque versus the field current flattens out for higher values of. The extra increase in torque for additional increases in field current becomes smaller once the saturation knee is exceeded. Higher values of field current also produce more heating in the motor. Usually, the nominal value of the field current is chosen to be just at the beginning of the saturation knee to obtain as much torque as possible with a field current that is as low as possible. This same characteristic can be visualized using a dc motor as a generator because the stronger the field electromagnet, the higher the induced voltage at a given speed, and the higher the output voltage. Figure 3-4 shows the relationship between the output voltage and field current for a fixed speed. 110 Festo Didactic

5 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Procedure Outline Output voltage (V) Fixed rotation speed Field current (A) Figure 3-4. Effect of saturation on the output voltage of a dc generator. PROCEDURE OUTLINE The Procedure is divided into the following sections: Effect of the armature reaction on the output voltage of a dc generator Set up and connections Effect of the armature reaction on torque Effect of the saturation on torque Additional experiment (optional) Effect of the armature reaction on the torque developed by a dc motor. PROCEDURE High voltages are present in this laboratory exercise. Do not make or modify any banana jack connections with the power on unless otherwise specified. Effect of the armature reaction on the output voltage of a dc generator In this section, you will perform calculations with data obtained in Exercises 2-1 and 2-3. You will use the results of these calculations to draw on Graph G232-1 the theoretical output voltage-versus-output current relationship of the separately-excited dc generator used in Exercise 2-3. This will allow you to illustrate the effect of armature reaction on the output voltage of a dc generator. 1. Record in the following blank the armature resistance of the DC Motor/Generator measured in Exercise 2-1. Armature resistance 2. Refer to graph G232-1 obtained in Exercise 2-3. This graph shows the output voltage-versus-output current relationship of a separately-excited Festo Didactic

6 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Procedure dc generator operating at a fixed speed. Record the no-load generator output voltage (voltage obtained when the dc generator output current ) in the following blank (this voltage is recorded in data table DT232). This voltage is equal to the voltage induced across the armature winding of the dc generator ( ). = V 3. Calculate the dc generator output voltage for each of the output currents indicated in Table 3-1 for your local ac power network, using the following equation: Table 3-1. DC generator output currents. Local ac power network Voltage (V) Frequency (Hz) DC generator output current (A) When A, V When A, V When A, V When A, V 4. Use the dc generator output voltages and currents obtained in the previous step to plot on graph G232-1 the theoretical output voltage-versus-output current relationship of the separately-excited dc generator. 112 Festo Didactic

7 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Procedure Compare the theoretical and actual voltage-versus-current relationships plotted on graph G Does this demonstrate that the armature reaction causes an additional decrease in the output voltage as the output current increases? Yes No Set up and connections In this section, you will mechanically couple the DC Motor/Generator to the Four- Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply and set up the equipment. 5. Refer to the Equipment Utilization Chart in Appendix A to obtain the list of equipment required to perform the exercise. Install the equipment in the Workstation. a Before performing the exercise, ensure that the brushes of the DC Motor/Generator are adjusted to the neutral point. To do so, connect a variable-voltage ac power source (terminals 4 and N of the Power Supply) to the armature of the DC Motor/Generator (terminals 1 and 2) through current input I1 of the Data Acquisition and Control Interface (DACI). Connect the shunt winding of the DC Motor/Generator (terminals 5 and 6) to voltage input E1 of the DACI. In LVDAC-EMS, open the Metering window. Set two meters to measure the rms values (ac) of the armature voltage and armature current at inputs E1 and I1 of the DACI, respectively. Turn the Power Supply on and adjust its voltage control knob so that an ac current (indicated by meter I1 in the Metering window) equal to half the nominal armature current flows in the armature of the DC Motor/Generator. Adjust the brush adjustment lever on the DC Motor/Generator so that the voltage across the shunt winding (indicated by meter E1 in the Metering window) is minimal. Turn the Power Supply off, close LVDAC-EMS, and disconnect all leads and cable. Mechanically couple the DC Motor/Generator to the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply using a timing belt. Before coupling rotating machines, make absolutely sure that power is turned off to prevent any machine from starting inadvertently. 6. Make sure that the main power switch of the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply is set to the O (off) position, then connect its Power Input to an ac power wall outlet. 7. On the Power Supply, make sure that the main power switch and the 24 V ac power switch are set to the O (off) position, and that the voltage control knob is set to 0% (turned fully counterclockwise). Connect the Power Supply to a three-phase ac power outlet. 8. Connect the Power Input of the Data Acquisition and Control Interface (DACI) to the 24 V ac power source of the Power Supply. Festo Didactic

8 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Procedure Turn the 24 V ac power source of the Power Supply on. 9. Connect the USB port of the Data Acquisition and Control Interface to a USB port of the host computer. Connect the USB port of the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply to a USB port of the host computer. 10. Connect the equipment as shown in Figure 3-5. Use the fixed dc voltage output of the Power Supply to implement the fixed-voltage dc power source. I1 and I2 are current inputs of the Data Acquisition and Control Interface (DACI). Notice that no electrical load is connected to the generator output. a If your local ac power network voltage is 120 V, use the 40-A current range on the Data Acquisition and Control Interface for current input I1. Prime mover DC Motor/ Generator armature DC Motor/ Generator shunt winding DC Motor/ Generator rheostat Figure 3-5. Separately-excited dc generator coupled to a prime mover. 114 Festo Didactic

9 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Procedure 11. On the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply, set the Operating Mode switch to Dynamometer. This setting allows the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply to operate as a prime mover, a brake, or both, depending on the selected function. Turn the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply on by setting the main power switch to the I (on) position. 12. Turn the host computer on, then start the LVDAC-EMS software. In the LVDAC-EMS Start-Up window, make sure that the Data Acquisition and Control Interface and the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply are detected. Make sure that the Computer-Based Instrumentation function is available for the Data Acquisition and Control Interface module. Select the network voltage and frequency that correspond to the voltage and frequency of the local ac power network, then click the OK button to close the LVDAC-EMS Start-Up window. a If your local ac power network voltage is 120 V, set the Range of current input I1 to 40 A in the Data Acquisition and Control Settings window of LVDAC-EMS. 13. In LVDAC-EMS, open the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply window, then make the following settings: Set the Function parameter to CW Constant-Speed Prime Mover/Brake. This setting makes the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply operate as a clockwise prime mover/brake with a speed setting corresponding to the Speed parameter. Set the Pulley Ratio parameter to 24:24. The first and second numbers in this parameter specify the number of teeth on the pulley of the Four- Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply and the number of teeth on the pulley of the machine under test (i.e., the DC Motor/Generator), respectively. Make sure that the Speed Control parameter is set to Knob. This allows the speed of the clockwise prime mover/brake to be controlled manually. a Set the Speed parameter (i.e., the speed command) to 0 r/min. Notice that the speed command is the targeted speed at the shaft of the machine coupled to the prime mover, i.e., the speed of the DC Motor/Generator in the present case. The speed command can also be set by using the Speed control knob in the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply window. 14. In LVDAC-EMS, open the Metering window. Set two meters to measure the dc generator output current (I1) and field current (I2). Click the Continuous Refresh button to enable continuous refresh of the values indicated by the various meters in the Metering application. Festo Didactic

10 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Procedure Effect of the armature reaction on torque In this section, you will set the field current of the separately-excited dc generator. You will vary the output current of the dc generator from zero to twice its nominal value to obtain the necessary data to plot a graph of the torque applied to the dc generator s shaft versus the dc generator output current. This will allow you to demonstrate the effect of armature reaction on the torqueversus-current relationship of a dc machine. 15. In LVDAC-EMS, open the Data Table window. Set the Data Table to record the dc generator output current and field current (indicated by meters I1 and I2 in the Metering window), as well as the dc generator rotation speed and torque (indicated by the Speed and Torque meters in the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply window). 16. In the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply window, start the CW Constant-Speed Prime Mover/Brake by clicking the Start/Stop button or by setting the Status parameter to Started. Turn the Power Supply on by setting the main power switch to I (on). 17. On the DC Motor/Generator, set the Field Rheostat knob so that the dc generator field current (meter I2) is equal to the value given in Table 3-2 for your local ac power network. Table 3-2. Field current and maximum dc generator output current. Local ac power network Voltage (V) Frequency (Hz) Field current (ma) Maximum dc generator output current (A) By using the Speed parameter in the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply window, gradually increase the prime mover speed to increase the dc generator output current (meter I1) from 0 A to the maximum value indicated in Table 3-2 for your local ac power network, in about 10 steps. For each current setting, record the dc generator output current and field current, as well as the dc generator speed and torque in the Data Table. The output current exceeds the rated armature current of the DC Motor/Generator while performing this manipulation. It is, therefore, suggested to complete the manipulation within a time interval of 5 minutes or less. 116 Festo Didactic

11 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Procedure 19. When all data has been recorded, stop the prime mover by setting the Speed parameter in the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply window to 0 r/min. Stop the CW Constant-Speed Prime Mover/Brake by clicking the Start/Stop button or by setting the Status parameter to Stopped. Turn the Power Supply off by setting its main power switch to the O (off) position. (Leave the 24 V ac power source of the Power Supply turned on). In the Data Table window, confirm that the data has been stored. Reverse the polarity of the torque values recorded in the data table to obtain the torque applied to the dc generator s shaft. Save the data file under filename DT311, and print the data table if desired. 20. In the Graph window, make the appropriate settings to obtain a graph of the torque applied to the dc generator s shaft as a function of the dc generator output current. Name the graph G311, name the x-axis DC generator output current, name the y-axis Torque applied to the dc generator s shaft, and print the graph if desired. Can we say that the variation in torque is linear when the dc generator output current exceeds the nominal armature current of the DC Motor/Generator? Yes No In the Data Table, clear the recorded data. Effect of the saturation on torque In this section, you will vary the field current of a separately-excited dc motor from zero to approximately 175% of its nominal value, while maintaining a fixed armature current, to obtain the necessary data to plot a graph of the motor torque versus the field current. This will allow you to demonstrate the effect of saturation in dc machines. 21. Modify the connections to obtain the separately-excited dc motor circuit shown in Figure 3-6. Use the variable dc voltage output of the Power Supply to implement the variable-voltage dc power source. E1, I1, and I2 are voltage and current inputs of the Data Acquisition and Control Interface (DACI). Use the Resistive Load module to implement resistor. Connect the three resistor sections of the Resistive Load module in parallel, and set the levers of all toggle switches to the I (on) position. Using a connection lead, short circuit resistor for now, as indicated by the dashed line in Figure 3-6. a Use the 4-A current range on the Data Acquisition and Control Interface for both current inputs I1 and I2. In the Data Acquisition and Control Settings window of LVDAC-EMS, make sure that the Range of current inputs I1 and I2 are set to 4 A. Festo Didactic

12 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Procedure + DC Motor/ Generator armature Two-quadrant, constant-torque brake DC Motor/ Generator shunt winding DC Motor/ Generator rheostat Figure 3-6. Separately-excited dc motor coupled to a brake. 22. On the DC Motor/Generator, turn the Field Rheostat knob fully clockwise. 118 Festo Didactic

13 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Procedure 23. In the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply window, make the following settings: Set the Function parameter to Two-Quadrant, Constant-Torque Brake. This setting makes the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply operate as a two-quadrant brake with a torque setting corresponding to the Torque parameter. Make sure that the Pulley Ratio parameter is set to 24:24. Make sure that the Torque Control parameter is set to Knob. a Set the Torque parameter to the maximum value (3.0 Nm or 26.5 lbfin). This sets the torque command of the Two-Quadrant, Constant-Torque Brake to 3.0 Nm (26.5 lbfin). The torque command can also be set by using the Torque control knob in the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply window. In the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply window, start the Two-Quadrant, Constant-Torque Brake by setting the Status parameter to Started or by clicking the Start/Stop button. 24. In the Metering window, make sure that the meters are set to measure the dc motor armature voltage (E1), armature current (I1), and field current (I2). Make sure that the Data Table is set to record the dc motor armature voltage (E1), armature current (I1), and field current (I2), as well as the dc motor speed and torque (indicated by the Speed and Torque meters in the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply window). On the Power Supply, make sure that the voltage control knob is set to 0%. Turn the Power Supply on by setting the main power switch to I (on), then adjust its voltage control knob so that the dc motor armature current (indicated by meter I1) is equal to 50% of the nominal value. Record the dc motor armature voltage, armature current, and field current, as well as the dc motor speed and torque in the Data Table. Festo Didactic

14 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Procedure 25. Decrease the field current by steps, as indicated in Table 3-3 for your local ac power network. For each current setting, readjust the voltage control knob of the Power Supply so that the armature current remains equal to 50% of the nominal value, then record the dc motor armature voltage, armature current, and field current, as well as the dc motor speed and torque in the Data Table. a To decrease the field current first use the Field Rheostat knob on the DC Motor/Generator only. Once this button has reached the fully counterclockwise position, insert resistor into the circuit to be able to further decrease field current to the lowest values in Table 3-3, using the following steps: On the Power Supply, set the main power to the O (off) position. (Leave the 24 V ac power source of the Power Supply turned on). Insert resistor into the circuit by removing the lead short-circuiting this resistor. On the Power Supply, set the main power to the I (on) position. Set the resistance of resistor (by changing the settings of the toggle switches on the Resistive Load module) and the field rheostat knob on the DC Motor/Generator to decrease field current to the lowest values indicated in Table 3-3. The field current exceeds the nominal value of the DC Motor/Generator in this manipulation. It is therefore suggested to perform this manipulation within 10 minutes. Table 3-3. Field currents of the separately-excited dc motor. Local ac power network Voltage (V) Frequency (Hz) Field current (ma) On the Resistive Load module, set the resistor value to the maximum value indicated in Table 3-4 for your local ac power network. On the DC Motor/Generator, turn the Field Rheostat knob fully counterclockwise, readjust the voltage control knob of the Power Supply so that the armature current remains equal to 50% of the nominal value, then record the dc motor armature voltage, armature current, and field current, as well as the dc motor speed and torque in the Data Table. a Appendix C of this manual lists the switch settings and connections to be performed on the Resistive Load module in order to obtain the various resistance values. 120 Festo Didactic

15 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Procedure Table 3-4. Maximum resistance value for. Local ac power network Voltage (V) Frequency (Hz) () Stop the DC Motor/Generator by setting the voltage control knob of the Power Supply to 0% and the main power switch of the Power Supply to the O (off) position. (Leave the 24 V ac power source of the Power Supply turned on). In the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply window, set the Torque parameter to 0.0 Nm (0.0 lbfin), then click the Start/Stop button in this window to stop the Two-Quadrant, Constant-Torque/Brake. In the Data Table window, confirm that the data has been stored. Save the data table under filename DT312, and print the data table if desired. 28. In the Graph window, make the appropriate settings to obtain a graph of the dc motor torque as a function of the field current. Name the graph G312, name the x-axis Field current, name the y-axis Motor torque, and print the graph if desired. Observe graph G312. How does the dc motor torque vary as the field current increases? Briefly explain what happens when the field current exceeds the nominal value. a The nominal value of the field current for your local ac power network is indicated in Table 2-1 of Exercise 2-1. a If you want to perform the additional experiments, skip the next step, then return to it when all additional manipulations are finished. Festo Didactic

16 Ex. 3-1 Armature Reaction and Saturation Effect Conclusion 29. On the Power Supply, make sure that the main power switch is set to the O (off) position, then turn the 24 V ac power source off. Close the LVDAC-EMS software. Turn the Four-Quadrant Dynamometer/Power Supply off. Disconnect all leads and return them to their storage location. Additional experiment (optional) Effect of the armature reaction on the torque developed by a dc motor You can observe the effect which armature reaction has on the torque-versuscurrent characteristic of a separately-excited dc motor. To do so, refer to graph G212. This graph shows the torque-versus-current characteristic of the separately-excited dc motor used in Exercise 2-1. Observe that the torqueversus-current characteristic is no longer linear for high armature currents. CONCLUSION In this exercise, you saw that armature reaction in dc machines causes the output voltage of a generator to decrease rapidly as the armature current increases. You observed that motor torque is also affected in the same manner. You saw that the torque ceases to increase linearly with the field current when the iron in the dc machine begins to saturate. If you performed the additional experiment, you observed that armature reaction affects the torque-versus-current characteristic of a separately-excited dc motor. REVIEW QUESTIONS 1. What is the most serious consequence of armature reaction in dc machines? 2. How does armature reaction affect the output voltage of a dc generator? 3. How does armature reaction affect the torque of a dc motor? 4. Why does a permanent-magnet dc motor have better commutation than a conventional dc motor? 5. Do the brushes on a dc machine having commutating windings have to be readjusted for different operating points? 122 Festo Didactic

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