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blocked rotor test on three phase induction motor


A large percentage of the electrical power generated in the world is consumed by induction motors, as these are the main drive motors used in the industries. Practicing engineers should be conversant with the performance characteristics. Equivalent circuit parameters of the machine should be known for predicting the performance. While motor designer calculates the parameters using design details, measured values are preferable for prediction.

The steady-state performance of a poly-phase induction motor can be obtained using per phase equivalent circuit.
The symbols are,
V1= input voltage per Phase
R1,X1= resistance and leakage reactance of the stator per phase
R2,X2= resistance and leakage reactance of the rotor per phase
Xm= magnetizing reactance
Rc= core loss resistance
I1, I2 =stator and rotor currents (referred to stator) per phase.
The developed torque is given as,
T=3(I2)2R2/(sωs) N-m

ωs=synchronous speed in radians/sec
ωr=rotor speed in radians/sec
s= slip.
The parameters could be determined by ‘no-load’ and ‘blocked-rotor’ tests, the former determines Rc and Xmwhile the latter yields R1, R2, X1, X2.
Following equations could be used

X1 = R1+jX1
X2 = R2/S+jX2
The Torque T=3(I2)2R2/s
Input power=3V1*I1*pf
Output power=(1-S) ωs

Per phase equivalent circuit of a poly phase induction motor

In blocked rotor test, rotor is not allowed to rotate so the speed of the rotor is zero r.p.m, slip corresponding to zero speed is unity. Now, increase the stator voltage till motor current reaches to its rated value. Note down the readings of voltmeter, ammeter, wattmeters and tachometer at different stator voltages.