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COMPACT AND LIGHT-WEIGHT DESIGN accidentally switching to the current side when con-

nected to a voltage circuit. However, no damage

The inside view of the oscillograph as shown in will result to the instrument if this mistake is made,
Fig. 2 gives an idea of the compact design. The since both the resistors and galvanometers are pro-
over-all dimensions are 8 x 111/2 x 11 in. and the tected by fuses.
total weight is approximately 22 lb. The instru- Both film and viewing screen are in position for use
ment is entirely self-contained and may be operated at all times. When it is desired to take a photo-
from a 110-volt 60-cycle lighting circuit without graph of any recurrent phenomenon, it is only neces-
auxiliary attachments. sary to press the "expose" button near the center
A top view of the panel, Fig. 7, shows how few of the panel. This button opens a shutter to the
controls are necessary to operate the oscillograph. camera, and at the same time, places an overvoltage
Each galvanometer has a single switch for selecting on the oscillograph lamp. Provision has been made
the desired multiplier or shunt resistor. The values to use either a standard cut film holder or pack with
marked on the panel give the approximate d-c volt- 21/4 x 31/4 in. film in a manner similar to that of an
ages and currents for a deflection of one inch. Both ordinary camera.
galvanometers may be used for measurements of Although this oscillograph is a research develop-
potentials up to 250 volts or currents up to 10 amp ment product, it will be made available in the near
without the use of external resistors. The control future in a form that will differ only in minor details
switches have a stop to prevent the operator from from the instrument described.

of nonlinear inductive impedance might be of value.

ties of applying the characteristics of such circuits to
the following practical problems:
or non inear ircuits 1. The design of a feeder voltage regulator having no moving parts.
2. The improvement of synchronous machine stability.
No claim is made to the discovery of any radically
Design of a feeder voltage regulator having new pnnciple, and the authors regard their work on
no moving parts, and a method no moving
ofparts, andameththe subject merely as an attempt to
something to the knowledge of possible newcontribute
ing alternator stability are discussed in this tions of an already established principle. The
article. Both schemes utilize nonlinear experiments have disclosed the fact that the non-
inductive circuits and were developed by linear inductive circuit can be applied to the above
I problems with some degree of success. The authors
the authors while they were undergraduate do not presume to estimate the commercial value of
students. these 2 schemes, but believe that some further
development of the ideas may be found practicable
in the future.

F. W. COOPER University of Coloradod, M P

ASSOCIATE A.I.E.E. Boulder, Cob. Having No Moving Parts
A feeder voltage regulator has been developed in a
college laboratory that has a number of advantages
HE principle of nonlinear inductive over existing types of voltage regulators. In the
circuits, in which the current is not directly propor- most recent of several stages through which this
tional to the applied voltage, has been known for a development has passed, the voltage regulator makes
long time, but has been applied commercially only use of the inductive nonlinear circuit of the 3-legged
comparatively recently. It was suggested to the reactor, and is controlled by gas or mercury vapor
authors that further investigation of the phenomenon hot cathode electronic tubes. The characteristics of
Essentially full text of a paper "The Application of Inductive Nonlinear this regul ator as regards load voltage, regulator
Circuits to Some Electrical Engineering Problems," presented before an A-I-E-E. efficiency, and effect on line power factor, are com-
joint meeting of the Denver (Colo.) Section and the University of Colorado
Branch, at Denver, Colo., April 29, 1932. This paper, written while the authors parable to those of other types of regulators. The
were seniors inl electrical engineering at the University of Colorado, was awarded regulator also has the advantages that there are no
the Institute's 1932 national prize for Branch paper. Not published inrly eqie,i
pamphlet form. moving parts, reasare not rqie,hunting i

FEBRUARY 1934 293

eliminated, operation is noiseless, and the regulator heavier current through the reactor and the reactive
probably would be cheaper to manufacture than feeder, thereby producing considerable voltage drop
existing types of induction regulators. between the supply end of the line and the load.
The regulator was developed from the funda- This was compensated for, however, by reducing the
mental characteristics of an iron-cored reactor which impedance of the coil A through the medium of an
has a changing voltage-current relation as saturation increased current through the secondary coil B. As
is approached. With a reactor composed of a single the load current increased, the resistance R was
coil wound on an iron core, as soon as the core begins varied by hand, so as to permit more current to
to saturate the effective impedance of the reactor flow in B, which, as has just been pointed out, would
decreases with increasing current. The similar effect reduce the voltage drop in A and offset the drop
occurs with 2 coils mounted on a closed iron core. through the feeder. The voltage drop in the reactor
This case is analogous to that of a 2-winding trans- requires the use of the booster transformer, which
former. The impedance of the primary decreases may be given a permanent setting.
with increasing secondary current. This reduction This form of regulation was entirely successful, as
takes place regardless of whether the secondary is shown by the curves of Figs. 3 and 4, which give
current is alternating current induced from the the results of regulation using both alternating and
primary coil, or is direct current applied to the direct current in coil B. The circuit has the dis-
secondary coil. advantage, however, of requiring hand operation of
This principle has been applied commercially in the rheostat R; moreover, the over-all power factor
what is known as the "3-legged" reactor, shown
diagrammatically in Fig. 1. With the outer coils
wound so that their magnetomotive forces balance 240 N zjz Ii [1 -0
each other, a small amount of direct current in the
central coil may control a much greater amount of <
e _____ f-n--
each other,
<A~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OA ND) 70iA-C CONTROL-
a-c power in the
a-c power asmal
outer coils. ofThis
amount current in has
direcarrangement the 0 OO A-C OR=L-
been used in modern theater lighting control equip- 20 I- GULA4 < -/ --- ---
ment, in relays, and as an amplifier. As will be l 2 4 5 6
shown later in this article, the same principle is used 'LOAD (KW) < REGULATOR
in the new regulator. -
2 3 4 5
MANUALLY CONTROLLED REGULATOR Fig. 3 (left). Manually operated reactor regulating
voltage at the end of a reactive feeder
One of the earlier arrangements of the voltage
regulator, although not by any means the first, is Fig. 4 (right). Over-all power factors obtained
that shown in Fig. 2. This circuit consisted of a with and without reactor-regulator in circuit
booster-connected transformer supplying power to
the motor through a step-down transformer and the
reactive line. The saturable reactor was connected of the system is slightly impaired at the higher loads.
Oscillograms of the source voltage, the load voltage,
A-C SOURCE 2200 VOLTS and the load current were taken at no load, half load,
and full load; these oscillograms show that prac-
LVOLT tically no distortion of the wave form is caused by
the use of such a regulator.
R Attention was next given to the possibility of em-
ploying some form of vacuum tube control of the
CURRENT INDUCTIVE direct current in the secondary, or control, circuit of
Fig. I (above). Sche-? FEED 1 (above.Scthe
reactor. Since a current of the order of 2 or 3
matic diagram of d-c $) n amp had to be handled, use of- the ordinary type of
controlled reactor d vacuum was out with
decided totube
experiment of thea gas
question, and itvapor
or mercury was
INDUCTION MOTOR filled hot cathode electronic tube. To this end, the
Fig. 2 (right). Booster transformer and saturable circuit shown in Fig. 5 was established. Essentially,
reactor regulating load voltage it consists of a booster-connected 2,200 to 220-volt,
single-phase transformer taking power from a 2,300-
volt line. The boosted voltage is then stepped down
in series with the secondary of the step-down trans- through another 2,200 to 220-volt transformer-which
former to reduce the boosted voltage to 220 volts at supplies power through the regulating reactor and
the motor terminals at no load. The voltage at the the reactive line to the load. The control coil B of
terminals of the 10-hp single-phase 220-volt induc- the reactor is connected across the supply end of the
tion motor was to be maintained constant by a feeder, in series with the rheostat R and the plate
change in the reactance of the reactor, as follows: circuit of the tulbe, which in this case was a type
As the motor- was loaded, it drew a heavier and FG-67 thyratron tube. After considerable expern-


mentation with various values of grid bias on the and the tube circuits, was connected directly to i
tube and with various settings of the rheostat R, it variable rheostat which shunted this middle coil.
was possible to effect entirely automatic regulation- The booster consisted of the high voltage coil on one
of the load voltage from no load to full load. The outer leg and the low voltage coil of the other outer
operation of the circuit was made to depend upon the leg. The low voltage coil of the central leg was used
as the control coil, and the regulating current was
adjusted by manual operation of the rheostat. The
VOLTS A-C Fig. 5. Reactor regulating effect produced here differs somewhat in
vo 1.I{ T u c o n t r o I I e d its origin from that in the single-core reactor used
11 , t<)v
t 4
by electron tubes,
a _u t I Iy
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AV ~~A load 50<30
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@v h ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Fischeme shown in Fig. 5, automatically regu-
gs. 6 (l eft) a nd 7 (right). Cu rves obtained with the
- I~~~~~ating voltage at the end of a reactive feeder

previously. In the other type of reactor, the reluc-

variation in the induced voltage of coil B occasioned tivity of the iron core was varied by varying the
by variation in the load current flowing through the amount of current in the secondary coil. In the new
primary coil A. system, however, the passage of additional current
The voltage at the supply end of the feeder was through the regulating coil on the center leg not
connected in series with coil B in order to obtain only increases the flux density in the outer legs, but
sufficient operating voltage for the plate circuit of the also decreases the amount of leakage flux from the
tube. In this manner, a range in plate voltage of outer legs passing through the center leg. The
from 560 volts at no load to 460 volts at full load system appeared to have such good possibilities thatv
was obtained. It should be noted that the tube had it was decided to attempt to make it automatic.
an inverse voltage-current characteristic in this par- Before developing the electronic tube control, shown
ticular circuit, the plate current apparently increas- in Fig. 8, automatic control was secured by a water
ing with decreasing plate voltage. Another point rheostat connected in the circuit of the center leg
worthy of note is that, despite the application of a
constant negative potential to the grid of the tube, 2,300
the grid voltage actually became less negative as the Fig. 8. Three- VOLTSA-C TO LOAD
plate current increased. This change in grid voltage leged reactor T--
is assumed to have been caused by a voltage drop controlled by 4 1 .
within the tube from grid to filament, produced by electronic tubes,.l
the plate current. Since the tube exhibited some regulating load tT
slight grid-potential plate-current control, this de- voltage 220 VLTSr tMAINJ S
crease in negative potential tended to increase the AUXILIARY AI REACTOR I
plate current and to assist the regulation. The REACTOR Blll ll
results obtained with this system were plotted, and |~~~-? L
are shown in Figs. 6 and 7. They indicate that a | RfX 3
satisfactory voltage regulator might be evolved in l
which the disadvantages of moving parts and con- -----
tacts would be absent, and in which there would be , b
no time-lag or hunting. 'Q2*XR}
of the reactor, and to which direct current was
Attention was next given to an arrangement in applied. With this arrangement, the setting of the
which the booster and regulator would be combined wvater rheostat was controlled by a solenoid in the
in a single unit. For thliS purpose the 3-legged core feeder circuit. The plunger of this solenoid rotated
of an old 13,200 to 220-volt, 3-phase transformer was a lever arm which changed the setting of the water
used, and circuits were established as shown in the rheostat, thereby changing the amount of current
upper left hand corner of Fig. 8, except that in the flowing in the control circuit of the reactor. This
early development the middle leg of the main reactor, regulator had a somewhat rising characteristic, but
instead of being connected to an auxiliary reactor any desired characteristic could have been obtained

:FEBRUARY 1934 295

by changing the design of the solenoid and water through the coil B of the auxiliary reactor, thereby
rheostat. decreasing the impedance of the secondary coil A,
which decrease in impedance permits more current
MORE SATISFACTORY EQUIPMENT EVOLVED to flow through the center coil of the 3-legged reactor.
This increase in current in the center coil, as pointed
It was next decided to apply electronic tube control out in previous discussions of this reactor, reduces
to the 3-legged regulator, as shown in Fig. 8. In this the impedances of the outer coils and the voltage
combination the control current was not passed drop through them, thereby raising the load voltage.
directly through the center coil of the reactor, but The transformer T1 is so connected that any decrease
through coil B of an auxiliary reactor, the other coil in the load voltage will make the grids less negative
of which was connected in series with the center coil during the half cycles when their respective anodes
of the main reactor. The control current for the are positive, thereby allowing the plate current to
auxiliary reactor was obtained by rectification from flow and reduce the impedance of the 3-legged re-
the load end of the line. For rectification, 2 elec- actor, which in turn raises the load voltage, as just
tronic tubes were used, and their plate-filament explained.
circuits were connected to the line through a one-to- It is seen from the foregoing discussion that the
one ratio center-tapped transformer, in order to attempt to produce a voltage regulator having no
obtain full-wave rectification. The control of the moving parts has been successful. The circuit
tube plate current was effected by means of the cir- operated satisfactorily at light loads, but the limited
cuit enclosed in the dotted rectangle at the lower capacity of the tubes available prevented complete
right-hand corner of Fig. 8. The operation of the tests of the system under full load conditions. It
circuit is as follows: The tube plate current passes was necessary therefore to return to manual opera-
through the tube as an arc, the starting of which tion of the control circuit in making tests of the
may be controlled by the grid. Once started, how- efficiency and other important characteristics of the
ever, it cannot be further controlled by the potential 3-legged regulator, but this in no way invalidates the
on the grid, but may be stopped by reducing the possibilities of the system. Manual operation of the
anode voltage to zero, as is done periodically when regulator was accomplished by connecting the coil B
an alternating potential is applied to the plate- to a d-c generator, and varying the current by a
filament circuit. Under such conditions, the tube rheostat in this circuit.
operates with intermittent arc discharge, the average The curves of Fig 9 and 10 show the important
current of which is controlled by the grid voltage. characteristics of the 3-legged voltage regulator. It
The simplest method of operating a tube of this type is seen that they are comparable to those of other
is to impress alternating voltage on the anode and types of regulators, and in addition the circuit has
any desired voltage on the grid. The critical grid the following important advantages:
voltage which will start the discharge is a function 1. Absence of moving parts.
of the instantaneous value of the anode voltage. As 2. Relays are not required.
long as the grid voltage is more negative than this
critical value, no current will flow in the plate circuit.3
Whenever the grid voltage becomes less negative 4. Noiseless in operation.
than crtical value plate current
the critclvlelt e con-
starts and Probably would be cheaper to manufacture than existing types
tinues for the remainder of the half cycle. Its value, oi induction regulators.
thath crren strtsadcn

once it starts, is limited only by the resistance of the

circuit or load, and consists of pulses. The average
current over any period will be equal to the area 11 The Improvement of
covered by the pulses divided by the time.
The circuit enclosed by the dotted rectangle in Synchronous Machine Stability
Fig. 8 is termed a voltage-sensitive bridge, and makes
use of the phenomenon of nonlinear resistance. Much has been written in the past few years on the
The bridge (see "Hot Cathode Thyratrons," by subject of power system stability, and many pro-
A. W. Hull, Gen. Elec. Rev., v. 32, 1929, p. 213-23 posals have been made which aim to keep an alter-
and 390-9) was made up of dissimilar resistances, of nator synchronized with its load when the power
which 2 opposite sides were slide-wire rheostats
limit of the system has been approached.
obeying Ohm's law, and the other 2 sides were tung-
It will be remembered that when a synchronous
sten filament lamps which deviate from that law,
motor is being loaded from an infinite bus, the rotor
and whose equilibrium current varies as the square
of the machine drops back behind its true synchro-
root of the applied voltage. Since the resistances
nous position by an angle depending upon the value
follow different laws, evidently there can be only
of the load, the internal reactance of the machine, and
one value of terminal voltage which will allow the
the field excitation. Finally, when the load has
points a and b to have the same potential, and hence
reached a high enough value, the angular displace-
allowv no current to flow through the primary trans-
ment is increased to its critical value, and the ma-
former T1. This voltage is defined as normal voltage,
chine drops out of synchronism, even though the
At this voltage the tubes are so nearly balanced that
supply voltage is maintained constant. The critical
it is not certain whether they will operate or not;
load at which the machine drops out of step can be
actually they operate about half the time. Whenmaterially increased by increasing the field excita-
they do operate, they feed more direct current tion.


Similarly, a synchronous generator can be caused It might be thought that an ordinary vibrating
to pull out of step with its load, if the power avail- type generator voltage regulator would take care of
able to drive the generator is sufficient. The amount the matter of increased excitation; however, should
of load which a generator will carry successfully the power factor of the system rise, the voltage of the
without falling out of step with the system is also alternator also would rise, owing to the magnetizing
dependent upon the internal reactance of the ma- effect of the armature reaction. Thus the regulator
chine, and upon its field excitation. would remain inoperative during such an emergency.
Generator power limit or system stability problems
do not necessarily arise during the normal operation
of a system; however, an emergency may result from
the automatic switching out of a generating unit, or FIELD ARMATURE
from the tripping out of an entire power plant. TO LOAD

Such an occurrence throws additional loads on the CHOKE

remaining generators of the system, so that any one CHOKE
of them may possibly be forced to operate at or very DARLYC
close to its maximum power limit. If the load
imposed should happen to exceed the power limit Fig. 11 (left). Alternator with an auxiliary d-c
of such a machine, it will fall out of step with the winding on the stator
rest of the already heavily loaded machines, with
the result that they also will drop their loads, and Fig. 12 (right). Alternator stator connected to
the whole system will break down. receive d-c component

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A METHOD OF INCREASING STABILITY constant. This is, indeed, not a new principle; it
has been repeatedly stressed in the writings of men
If there were some method by which the power who are recognized authorities on the subject of
limit of a synchronous alternator could be tem- stabilitr. The actual application of the principle,
porarily increased so as to carry it over the emer- however, is not easy.
gency, the stability of the- power system could be
materially improved. It is a recognized fact that APPLICATION OF THE NONLINEAR CIRCUIT
to increase the powlder limit of a generator, the excita-
tion musit be increased, but at the same time the The characteristics of the nonlinear inductive
voltage muIst be kept constant. This has the effect circuit make it readily adaptable to the solution of
of operating the machine higher up on the saturation this problem. Referring to Fig. 11, let us suppose
curve. Several methods have been proposed to that an alternator is equipped with an auxiliary stator
bring about the desired effect. It has been sug- winding through which varying amounts of direct
gested, for instancesthat the alternator terminals current may be passed. In series with this auxiliary
be shunted with large reactors. This has the effect winding is a heavy choke coil which will prevent the
of lowering the power factor on the generator, so passage of any alternating currents which may be
that the field current must be increased in order to induced in it. Ordinarily, there is no current flowing
maintain normal voltage. In this way the machine in the auxiliary winding, but when an emergency
is forced to operate higher on the saturation curve, arises and the load increases close to the critical value,
and its power limit is materially increased. It is a relay will act to force direct current through the
seen that this has the effect of apparently increasing auxiliary winding. The presence of this direct
the air-gap of the generator, or of stiffening the current will lower the reactance of the main stator
coupling. This proposal is sound, and tests in the winding by increasing the degree of saturation of the
laboratory confirm the theory. However, no one core, and at the same time the field current will have
as yet has tried to build such a reactor for, say, a to be increased in order to maintain the flux necessary
50,o0o-kva alternator. for constant terminal voltage. The net effect of

FEBRUARY 1934 297

this operation is equivalent to an increase in the air- dealt with are per phase and per unit. As an exam-
gap of the machine, so that a stiffer generator, with ple of the use of the per unit notation, consider some
a correspondingly higher power limit, results. of the constants of the alternator used in these
It was not necessary to have a generator with an experiments, and which was rated 15 kva 230 volts,
auxiliary winding in order to investigate the merits 37.6 amp per phase.
of the above theory. By connecting an alternator as Normal plhase voltagc = 133 volts = 1.0 per uniit
Normal phase current = 37.6 amp = 1.0 per unit
80 1 11 I Normal phase resistance = 133 = 3.53 ohms = 1.0 per umit
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equation for tan a given above indicates
6C0_ _ ;L%-fQ
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A- MP RC clearly how the magnitude of the load angle depends
-%S0M __ _
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fv upon
ture-axis 3 factors: load,
the synchronous power factor,
reactance, andthe
assuming quadra-
~~~~~~~~~~~~23 12N I1 RZ
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EL 1 age to be maintained constant. Since the effect of
_ _ e _ _ I__ . INSTATDR_ X,q in the numerator of the above fraction is much
.3(3_0_ A;/ W;;; O C _ 2 _4 12 2 greater than its effect in the denominator, anything
20 7 O_ _ LOAD (NW) that could be done to decrease Xq presumably would
decrease the load angle a thereby increasing the
0 _ [ - I stability of the machine and raising the power limit.
_ __ _
.60.8 1.0
Fig. 14 (a6ove). Curves This fact is demonstrated rather strikingly
thoeiaofFg ,s by the
0 02
(Xq) showing the effect upon
stator component of a d-c
the theoretical curves of Fig. 13, in which a is plotted
against x, for various values of 0 and P, e being
Fig. 13 (a6ove). Theoretical load-angle vs. load charac- maintained constant at 1.0.
curve for an alternator, ob- teristics of a 3-phase 15-kva
tained from the equation of 230-volt 60-cycle 6-pole al-
tan a given in the article. ternator. Corresponding field
Values of parameters are current curves when operating
"per unit" at 192 volts, also are shown

shown in Fig. 12, a d-c component was passed through

2 phases of the Y-connected stator winding. This
arrangement was tried out with satisfactory results,
which will be further discussed later in this paper.
From the vector diagram of a loaded alternator
having salient poles (see p. 939 of "Synchronous Alternator operating with no d-c component in stator winding
Machines," by R. E. Doherty and C. A. Nickle,
A.I.E.E. TRANS., v. 45, 1926, p. 912-42) the following
equation may be derived
tan a = e2 + Pxe tan 0
a = electrical angle by which the terminal voltage of the machine
lags behind the quadrature axis; it is termed the load-angle, or
torque-angle, and is a measure of the displacement of the rotor from
its true synchronous position, i. e., the displacement of the pole from
the phase axis
P = total electric power, expressed as a fraction of the normal, or
"rated" power of the machine
xq = quadrature-axis synchronous reactance, expressed as a fraction
of the normal reactance of the machine per phase; where normal
phase reactance is defined as the ratio of rated phase voltage to
rated phase current Alternator operating with 8 amp direct current in 2 phases oF
e = terminal voltage, expressed as a fraction of the normal terminal stator winding
voltage (i. e., "rated terminal voltage") Fig. 15. Oscillograms of terminal voltage of alter-
O = power-factor angle, the angle by which the phase current is nator, operating at 160 volts
displaced from the phase voltage
In this equation, the quantities are defined in what TESTS ON AN ACTUAL MACHINE
is known as the "per unit" notation, rather than
being expressed in percentages, or in absolute quan- Experimental verification of the above theory was
tities, such as ohms. Such procedure makes for con- next sought, and it was decided to measure the direct
siderable simplification in computations based upon and quadrature synchronous reactances of the 15-kva
equations relating to these various machine constants. 230-volt 6-pole alternator, by means of the slip
Hereinafter, unless otherwise stated, all quantities method, both with and without direct current


flowing in the stator. Oscillograms were taken of adjusted to 110 volts and the stroboscope connected
line voltage and phase current with the machine thereto. This resulted, of course, in a terminal
rotating at slightly less than synchronous speed. voltage of 192 volts.
The values of direct and quadrature synchronous At first the machine was loaded in the ordinary
reactances under the 2 conditions were as follows: manner, and observations were made of the following
No Direct Current in Stator quantities for each load: load in kilowatts, terminal
Direct-axis synchronous reactance, Xd = 2.88 ohms = 0.82 per unit
Quadrature-axis synchroniotus reactanlce, xq = 1.90 ohnis = 0.54 per

Wfithi 8.5 Amnp Direct Cuirrent in 2 Plhases of lthe Stator Wtindinig - -L

Direct-axis synchronous reactance, Xd 2.32 ohms = 0.66 per Ullit Q .
= _A,O
Qttadrature-axis synchronous reactance, xq = 1.67 ohms = 0.47 per *i2Z_

While the proportionate reduction in was not a

great as that in Xd, nevertheless, it xq was deemed
2 4 S 8 io -lIi MOTOR
sufficient to justify the next experiment, an investi- D-C CURRENT IN STATOR (AMP)
gation of the effect of the direct current upon the Fig.17(left). EffectoFad-cstatorcomponentupon
load-angle a with a view to substantiating the the pull-out load oF alternator operating at 160 volts
theoretical deductions.
The next test consisted of a load run of the same Fig. 18 (right). Automatic scheme for Feeding direct
alternator at a terminal voltage of 192 volts (0.835 current into the stator of an unstable alternator
per unit), with observations of the load angle being
made by means of a glow tube stroboscope shining
voltage (constant at 192 volts), field current, and
load angle. The procedure was then repeated with
a direct current of 8.5 amp flowing through 2 phases
of the stator winding. A comparison of the results
of the 2 tests may be made upon reference to Fig. 14.
It is seen that for the same given load, the torque
angle was considerably less when direct current was
present in the stator than when the machine was
operating in the ordinary way. It should also be
noted that there was a marked increase in the field
current for the same terminal valtage, which, it will
be remembered, was the desideratum for increased
It might be thought that the direct current in the
stator would distort the voltage wave, or cause such
Alternator operating with no direct current in stator unbalance in the stator as to produce heavy induced
currents in the field circuit. The oscillograms of the
terminal voltage of all 3 phases, both with and with-
out direct current, shown in Fig. 15 indicate but slight
distortion in the voltage wave; while those of phase
voltage, phase current, and field current in Fig. 16
(taken at a slight overload), show that only a slight
a-c ripple is produced in the field circuit. This latter
fact is all the more noteworthy because the machine
used has no damper winding on the field structure.
As further proof of the efficacy of the method, the
pull-out load of the machine was measured for
_ _ various amounts of direct current in the stator,
ranging from 0 to 8 amp. Here, again, it was im-
Alternator operating with 8.5 amp direct current in 2 phases practicable to operate at normal voltage, because
of stator the d-c motor driving the alternator was incapable
Fig. 16. Oscillograms of terminal voltage, armature of carrying the loads involved without overheating.
current, and field current when loaded It was decided, therefore, to operate at 160 volts.
The results of this test are shown in the curves of
Fig. 17, in which pull-out load and field current
on a marked disk attached to the shaft of the machine required for constant voltage are plotted against
and a circular scale mounted on the frame. The use stator direct current. It may be seen that with no
of a terminal voltage of 192 was necessitated by the direct current in the stator the load limit was 10.48
fact that the stroboscope used had to be operated kw and that a field current of 4.1 amp was needed to
from the terminals of the machine under test and at maintain 160 volts at this load. When the d-c
a voltage of 110 volts. To obtain these conditions, component in the stator was raised to 8 amp, how-
the voltage from line to neutral on the machine was ever, the load limit rose to 15.6 kw, and the corre-

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sponding field current to 6.5 amp; an increase in dip the upper contact of the water rheostat into the
pull-out load of 48.6 per cent and an increase in water, thereby allowing direct current to flow into
field current of 58.5 per cent. the stator of the alternator. The application of the
direct current increased the degree of saturation of
AUTOMATIC CONTROL APPLIED the stator core and tended to reduce the terminal
voltage, but a vibrating type regulator (not shown)
An arrangement was then set up by means of would act immediately to bring up the field current
which it was hoped to apply the direct current to the above normal for that voltage, so that the alternator
stator automatically whenever the need for it might would be in an over-excited state without any rise in
arise. In Fig. 18 is shown the loaded alternator with voltage having taken place. The apparatus oper-
3 Y-connected current transformers in the lines. ated satisfactorily, and was, of course, so adjusted
The secondaries of these transformers were con- that no direct current was applied until the machine
nected to the stator of a small 3-phase induction was dangerously near to its load limit. Only at such
motor. The greater the load current, the greater a time would the upper contact dip into the water
would be the torque on the rotor of the induction rheostat to produce the desired effect. It may be
motor. This torque acted in a counter-clockwise noted that the system is effective regardless of the
direction against the pull of the spring S. As the power factor, and regardless of any unbalance in the
load increased, the induction motor would turn and load.

Berlin Institute of Technology, and because in a

clec rical r lsures search of the literature relating to Lichtenberg and
Toepler figures (some of which is reviewed in this
v es in A r
paper) no very satisfactory explanation was found
on a for the relation between the sizes of the positive and
on Plates in Air negative figures, the relation of the velocities of
growth of the 2, and the increase in size of the figures
as a function of time. Completion of the experi-
A recent investigation into the behavior of mental work was made possible by a stipend from
the "Verein Deutscher Ingenieure."
Lichtenberg figures and streamers extending Summarized briefly, the more important findings
out from an electrode resting on a glass of these experiments are as follows: Lichtenberg
plate coated on the opposite side with tin figures and streamers going out from an electrode
foil is reported in this paper. The new data
resting on a glass plate coated on the other side 315
tin foil grow with an average radial speed of 20 towith
ogered throw considerable light
throw considerable light on the
km per second, or even more. The instantaneous
formation and characteristics of these in- speed of growth decreases with increasing size of the
teresting figures. figure. The speed is dependent, for a given voltage
surge, on the dielectric constant and thickness of the
plate. Any variation of these that increases the
By capacitance per unit area of the plate causes an
I increase in the speed of growth and vi,e versa. A
ASSOCIATENAIEE. Tech. PdSIdeno given vanation of the dielectric constant or thick-
ness of the plate produces a greater change in the
speed of growth of negative figures than in that of
positive figures. The per cent variation in speed of
HE 2 SETS OF PHENOMENA growth for figures
given variation
of either
of the
polarity, resulting from a
plate constants, decreases with
known as Lichtenberg figures and Toepler's "Gleitfun- increasing magnitude of the applied voltage surge.
ken" or "spreading discharges" are closely related in The maximum current intake (for 2 figures in paral-
that they originate in the same manner and the latter is lel) has been observed to he 45 amp at 60 kv (maxi-
only a further developed form of the former. Both mum value of voltage surge) and 120 amp at 85 kv.
phenomena have been studied extensively and varl- In one case the effective capacitance of 2 figures
ous explanations of them have been offered,,5 in parallel varied from an initial value of practically
but the new data offered in this paper throw con- zero to about 8,000 cm in 3 X 10-7 sec, causing a
siderable light on the formation and characteristics reduction in the maximum value of the applied volt-
of these interesting figures. This work was under- age wave of 25 per cent; the reduction in the rate of
taken at the instigation of Professor Matthias of the rise of the voltage for the same case was 30) per cent.
Full text of a paper recommended for publication by the A.I.E.E. committee on The behavior of the figures supports the theory that
electrophysics. Manuscript submitted April 28, i933; released for publication thprnial
Sept. 28, i933. Not published in pamphlet form. temovement of electrons alone is pncplyre-
1. For references, see bibliography at end of paper. sponsible for their formation.