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ENERGY CONVERSION ONE

(Course 25741)

CHAPTER FIVE
SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS
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SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS
Phasor Diagram of Equivalent Circuit
• Voltages in Syn. Gen. are ac & expressed in
phasor which have both magnitude and angle,
therefore need to be presented in 2 dimensional
plot.
• KVL relation of one phase can be plotted in
terms of phasor voltages through this 2
dimensional plot named phasor diagram
• which show the relationship between different
voltages and currents

SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Phasor Diagram of Equivalent Circuit • Figure below show the phasor diagram when supplying a load at unity power factor • EA differs from Vφ by resistive & inductive voltage drops. all referenced to Vφ which arbitrarily assumed at an angle of 0◦ .

SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Phasor Diagram of Equivalent Circuit • Phasor diagram when generators operating at lagging & leading power factors .

Vφ is lower for lagging loads & higher for leading loads • In real synchronous machines. a larger internal voltage EA required for lagging loads than for leading loads • Therefore a larger field current required with lagging loads to get same terminal voltage EA=Kφω • Alternatively for a given IF and load current . XS normally much larger than RA & often neglected in qualitative study .SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Phasor Diagram of Equivalent Circuit • Note: at specific phase voltage & armature current.

…) • Any source employed should have an almost constant speed regardless of load • If it were not constant. a steam turbine.SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Power and Torque • A synchronous generator is a synchronous machine used as generator • converts mechanical energy to 3 phase electrical energy • Source of mechanical energy is prime mover (a diesel engine . the power system frequency would wander .

Power flow Diagram .SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Power and Torque • Not all mechanical power going to a synchronous generator becomes electrical power the difference between input & output power represent losses.

SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Power and Torque • input mechanical power is shaft power in generator • Pin=Тprime-mover ωm (Тprime-mover ≡ Tapp in text book) • Pconv=Tgenerated ωm = 3EA IA cos γ (γ angle between EA and IA) (Tgenerated ≡Tind in text book) • Difference between Pin and Pconv in generator represents mechanical. core. and stray losses of machine .

SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Power and Torque • Real elect. a useful relation can be derive to approximate output power of Gen. output power of syn. Gen. . in line quantities: Pout=√3 VT IL cosθ in phase quantities: Pout=3 Vφ IA cosθ reactive power output: Qout=√3 VT IL sinθ Qout=√3 Vφ IA sinθ ignoring armature resistance RA (XS>>RA).

SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Power and Torque • Generator Equivalent circuit for Δ connection .

SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Power and Torque • To derive that useful equation. phasor diagram employed . when stator resistance ignored.

EA). At this angle sinδ=1  Pmax=3Vφ EA / XS (1) .SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Power and Torque • The vertical segment bc is EA sinδ or XS IA cosθ  IA cosθ = EA sinδ / XS • Substituting this in equation of Pout  P = 3Vφ EA sinδ / XS • since resistances assumed zero. can supply occurs when δ=90◦. the torque angle • Maximum power that Gen. Gen. depends on angle δ (between Vφ.Pout) • Above equation shows power produced by a Syn. losses not included in this equation (& it is both Pconv .

• Real or practical Gen. Gen. real power output directly proportional to IA cosθ and EA sinδ • These are useful for plotting phasor diagram of Syn. never get close to this limit • Full load torque angles of 15 to 20◦ are typical angle of real machines • If Vφ assumed constant.SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Power and Torque • Maximum power in last equation called “static stability limit” of Gen. as load changes .

torque developed in a Gen. angle δ between EA and Vφ is same as angle between BR and Bnet . can be expressed as: • Тind= k BR X BS • Tind=k BR X Bnet • Magnitude of torque in this equation is: • Тind=kBRBnet Sinδ • δ: angle between rotor and net magnetic fields • Since BR produces voltage EA. and Bnet produces voltage Vφ.SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Power and Torque • From chapter 4.

Gen. while the equation in last chapter expressed it in terms of magnetic quantities . is derived (employing Pconv= Tind ωm) and Equation (1): Tind=3Vφ EA sinδ/(ωm XS) (2) • This equation gives torque in terms of circuit parameters.SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS Power and Torque • Alternative expression for this torque in syn.

Synchronous reactance 3. Gen.Armature resistance • To determine these parameters.Field current gradually increased in steps. the first step is to do open-circuit test 1.SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS MEASUREMENT of MODEL PARAMETERS • Equivalent circuit of synchronous generator contains 3 quantities that must be determined to describe behavior of a real Syn. 1.relation between field current & flux (IF & EA) 2. and terminals disconnected from loads.Generator is turned at rated speed. field current set to zero 2. and terminal voltage measured at each step along the way .

Vφ= EA and thus construct a plot of EA or VT versus IF • This plot is open circuit characteristic (OCC) of Gen. for any given IF can be determined • typical characteristic shown  .SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS MEASUREMENT of MODEL PARAMETERS • Leave terminals open IA=0. internal generated voltage of Gen. • With this characteristic.

SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS MEASUREMENT of MODEL PARAMETERS • Note : in this characteristic. as If increases first curve is almost perfectly linear until some saturation observed at high field current • Unsaturated iron in frame of synchronous machine has a reluctance several thousand times lower than air-gap reluctance  at first all mmf is across air gap and resulting flux increase is linear • When iron saturate reluctance of iron increase profoundly and flux increases more slowly with a similar increase in mmf • Linear section of OCC called air-gap line .

armature current IA or line current IL measured as IF increased 4.adjust field current to zero 2.such a plot named short circuit characteristic (SCC) • It is a straight line .SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS MEASUREMENT of MODEL PARAMETERS • Second step is to perform a short circuit test 1.short circuit terminals of generator through a set of ammeter 3.

since employing the equivalent circuit developed in this section: IA= EA/(RA+jXS) • Phasor diagram shown: • Flux density vectors shown: .SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS MEASUREMENT of MODEL PARAMETERS • It is a straight line.

OC/ IA (3) • if EA and IA known for given situation. synchronous reactance XS can be found .SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS MEASUREMENT of MODEL PARAMETERS • Bnet is very small since almost BR and BS cancels • The machine is unsaturated and SCC is linear • The magnitude of current: IA= EA / √[RA ^2+jXS ^2] • internal Impedance of machine ZS=√RA^2+XS^2=EA/IA • Since XS>>RA above relation reduces: XS≈ EA/IA =Vφ.

measure short circuit current flow IA.measure internal voltage EA open circuit test at the specific field current (OCC) 2.Find XS using the approximate equation (3) .SC at the same field current (SCC) 3.SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS MEASUREMENT of MODEL PARAMETERS • Approximate method for determining synchronous reactance XS : 1.

where machine is unsaturated at all field currents • Therefore at high field currents (that core is saturated in OC) EA measured from OCC at a specific If ≠ EA measured at same If under short-circuit conditions • This makes resulting value of XS only approximate .SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS MEASUREMENT of MODEL PARAMETERS • Concern: • the EA is determined from OCC where machine is partially saturated for large field currents • While IA is determined form SCC .

so it should be calculated at approximate load on machine • Plot of approximate XS as function of If shown  .u can be found at any If in linear portion of OCC • Approximate Xs varies with degree of saturation of OCC.SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS MEASUREMENT of MODEL PARAMETERS • However. unsaturated synchronous reactance XS. answer found by this method is accurate up to the saturation point • So.

however this doesn’t help since the error due to saturation has much larger effect in Xs .SYNCHRONOUS GENERATORS MEASUREMENT of MODEL PARAMETERS • It is important to know winding resistance as well as synchronous reactance • Resistance can be approximated by applying dc voltage to winding while machine is stationary & measuring the resultant current flow • use of dc voltage means reactance of windings will be zero in measurement • However. this is not perfect since ac resistance is larger than dc resistance due to skin effect • Measured value of resistance can be inserted in impedance equation to improve determination of synchronous reactance.