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# POWER FACTOR CORRECTION

Presented by: Katlego Mohlala : 920316383
and
: Stalin M Ndlovu : 200603148

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1. Objective ............................................................................................................................. 3
2. Power Factor Correction ...................................................................................................... 3
3. Requirements ...................................................................................................................... 3
4. Apparatus ............................................................................................................................ 4
5. Method ............................................................................................................................... 4
6. Results and Calculations ...................................................................................................... 5
7. Discussion ......................................................................................................................... 10
8. Conclusion ......................................................................................................................... 10

Table of figures
Figure 1: circuit before correction ................................................................ 4
Figure 2: simplified circuit before correction ............................................... 4
Figure 3: Phasor diagram at lagging power factor (before correction) .......... 6
Figure 4: Measured power factor (time delay) ............................................. 7
Figure 5: Phasor diagram after power factor correction ................................ 8
Figure 6: measured voltage and current after correction ............................... 9

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1. Objective
To perform power factor correction on a circuit with resistor and inductors.
2. Power Factor Correction
The topic of power factor correction is similar to that of matching a transmission
line; it is of at most importance to match the transmission line such that there are
no reflections from the load back to the source. While power factor correction
looks at the situation from the current point of view. Industrial loads consist of
heavy inductive machines and long cables. Due to the inductive nature of the
circuit reactive power will results because the more the inductance the more
current required for the same power that can be delivered by a none inductive
Z
total
= R+jX
l
; impedance of the circuit.
Ө=arctan
Xl

=pf; power factor angle.
If pf<1 lagging (inductor dominates).
Pf=1; unity (equal compensation between inductor and capacitor i.e. no reactive
power).
The lack of a good power factor can result in huge losses in both the equipment
and the transmission lines in power systems, this can be a huge economical strain
for any Power distribution utility like Eskom
3. Requirements
- To design a circuit with a lagging power factor.
- To correct the power factor of the circuit close to unity.

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4. Apparatus
- 2 Isolators
- LCR meter
- Multi-meter
- The orange box
- Oscilloscope
5. Method
Input voltage: 40V
Input frequency 50Hz

Figure 1: circuit before correction

Figure 2: simplified circuit before correction

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6. Results and Calculations
Theoretical (determined by using circuit parameters)
O Z =
O + =
+ =
÷
=
0
9 . 34 13 . 406
5 . 232 3 . 333
Im
40
Z
j Z
JX R Z
pedance Total
V V
l
rms in

Current drawn by components.
mA
Z
V
I
in
in
0
0
0
9 . 34 5 . 98
9 . 34 13 . 406
0 40
÷ Z =
Z
Z
= =
Power factor angle
82 . 0 9 . 34 cos cos = ÷ = = u pf
Lagging

The power factor is however large but this does not stop us correcting power
factor. We are looking at a practical purpose and we aimed for unity.
- From the power factor angle we can decrease the current drawn by the
inductor by increasing the power factor as close to unity as possible. This
was for experimental purpose thus we can aim for unity “ideal situation”.

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Complex Power

Figure 3: Phasor diagram at lagging power factor (before correction)

( )
VA S
VAR Q
W P
VA j S
VA S
VI S
jQ P S
o
o
9 . 34 94 . 3
256 . 2
323 . 3
256 . 2 232 . 3
9 . 34 0985 . 0 40
*
Z =
=
=
+ =
Z =
=
+ =
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Measured power factor

Figure 4: Measured power factor (time delay)

=

× ° =
.

× ° = . °
Power factor was calculated to be: pf=cos39.6
0
=0.77 lagging
The difference between the theoretical calculation and the actual measured power
factor is 0.05. the difference is quite small and we can neglect it.
Power factor correction
Required capacitance for correction
Ideally we want the power factor to be 1, thus we correct our power factor to 0.95
lagging. This will give a new angle between the voltage and current.
o
new
2 . 18 95 . 0 cos
1
= =
÷
u
At this new power factor we can approximate the capacitive effect that will be
introduced in the circuit to compensate for the impressed current in the inductors.

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The resulting capacitive reactive power is as follows:
VAR Q
W P P
mA
V
S
I
VA S
VA j S
F j
fZ
j C
but
S
V
Z
VAR Q Q Q
VAR Q
Q
P
c
new
new
in
new
new
new
new
c
c
new c
new
new
new new
193 . 1
232 . 3
3 . 20
3 . 20 25 . 86
0 40
3 . 20 45 . 3
3 . 20 45 . 3
193 . 1 232 . 3
4 . 2
2 . 1341 50 2
1
2
1
2 . 1341
193 . 1
40
193 . 1 063 . 1 256 . 2
063 . 1
2 . 18 tan 232 . 3
tan
0
0
0
0 *
0
2
*
2
0
=
= =
=
÷ Z =
Z
÷ Z
= =
Z =
+ =
=
× ×
÷ = ÷ =
O = = =
= ÷ = ÷ =
=
=
=
u
u
t t
u u

Figure 5: Phasor diagram after power factor correction

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Measured power factor after correction

Figure 6: measured voltage and current after correction
The time delay between voltage and current was measured to be 1.12ms

=

× ° =
.

× ° = . °
Pf=cos20.2
0
=0.94

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7. Discussion

From the above results it can be seen that;
 When correcting the power factor the time delay between the current and
voltage is reduced.
 The reduced time delay reduces the phase angle i.e. as the phase angle
approaches zero the power factor approaches unity.
 The current is always lagging the voltage this is of significant importance
as it reduces distortions.
 In power factor correction for a single phase circuit as in figure1 it can be
shown that there is a reduction in the current drawn by the circuit when a
capacitor is introduced in parallel to the load. This was achieved as the
current dropped from 98.5mA to 86.25mA

8. Conclusion

The objective of power factor correction is to attain a power factor close to unity.
The importance of this power factor is to remove all the reactive energy which is
oscillatory. In our design and experiment for power factor correction we corrected
the power factor to 0.94 instead of unity in order to keep little reactive energy for
stability.