How to measure inductance of a three phase

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THE INTERNATIONAL POWER QUALITY RESOURCE
__________________________________________________________________________________ISO 9001:2000 Certification
How to measure inductance of a three phase reactor
By Wayne Walcott
The basic equation that defines the inductance relation is shown using the accompanying
schematic:
Inductance in Henrys = VM(1-3)/AM(1-3) x 2 x Π X 60 Hertz
The test setup consists of a variable high current 3 phase 60 hertz supply with meters for
voltage and current connected as shown. The test reactor is connected in wye.
Adjust the current to be within the reactor’s fundamental current range. The qualification tests
should be done at reactor fundamental amps. Be sure to supply at least 50% of the reactor
current rating so that the reactor core is active; a RL-03503 is designed to produce 1.2 mH +/10% inductance at 35 amps. A 17 amp test could be enough to determine approximate
inductance. Apply the measured voltage and currents into the above equation to determine the
inductance of each leg of the reactor.
At 35 amps a voltage of 15.8 would be measured across each coil. Factory qualification test
At 17 amps a voltage of 7.7 would be measured across each coil.
Calculation results using above equation equal 1.2 mH for the 35 amp test is +/- 10%.
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