Considerations for using VFDs with standard motors
Motors that meet the requirements of NEMA: MG1 Part 31 are designed for use with variable-frequency drives (VFDs). Motors that meet the requirements of NEMA: MG1 Part 30 may be suitable for inverter duty if appropriate measures are taken such as line conditioning. End users desiring speed and/or torque control often procure and install VFDs to modify existing applications where a standard-induction motor is in place. Frequently, they try to control costs by using the existing motor. There are a few areas of concern involving misapplication of a standard induction motor.
Topics covered include:
- Speed-torque characteristics
- Shaft currents