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Inverter Duty Three-Phase Motor Windings

  • June 2024
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Tom Bishop, PE
EAS A Senior Technical Support Specialist 

With the advent of solid-state electronic variable frequency drives (VFDs) in the late 1980s, it was found that the windings of motors used on VFDs failed more frequently than when powered by a utility (sine wave) supply. By the turn of the century, motor manufacturers had gained a better understanding of how VFDs affected motor windings, and motor manufacturers and suppliers of winding materials had developed materials and methods to improve the reliability of motor windings supplied from VFDs. The general term for the windings is “inverter duty.” In this article, we will describe the materials and methods associated with inverter duty windings.

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