Tom Bishop, P.E.
EASA Senior Technical Support Specialist
This article addresses electrical testing and inspection of installed 3-phase squirrel cage motors. The main purposes of testing installed electric motors are condition assessment for continued service or to diagnose suspected faults. The emphasis here will be on diagnostic electrical testing and interpretation, as well as physical inspection key points. Note: Most of the tests and inspections described in this article can also be performed on 3-phase wound rotor motors, and induction and synchronous generators.
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