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PARALLEL OPERATION OF
ALTERNATORS
Citharthan D
Assistant Professor
Christ the King Engineering College
Coimbatore, India
If we need to operate the alternator in parallel we need to synchronize the
alternators.
Condition for synchronizing:
The ...
A1 A2
ZS ZS
Local circuit
Consider alternator A1 produces an
e.m.f E1 whereas alternator A2
produces an e.m.f E2.
With res...
Let us consider two abnormal conditions on no-load
1)Change in prime mover
2)Change in Excitation
Suppose there to be no external load if machine 2 for some reason
accelerates (by its prime mover), its e.m.f. will draw a...
When Zs = Resistance Circulating current (Ic) will be in phase with the resultant EMF (Er)
E1
2∂
E2Er
Ic (circulating cur...
When Zs= inductive Circulating current (Ic) will lags the resultant EMF (Er)
E1
2∂
E2Er
Ic
almost
in phase
with E2
}Synch...
Since alternator A2 supplies current it gradually lags whereas alternator A1
acting as a motor gradually leads.
E1
2∂
E2
E...
Thus the presence of more resistance in the generators will
resist or oppose their synchronous operation. More reactance
i...
2) Change in Excitation (on no load)
With respect to the load, their e.m.fs
are normally in phase: with respect to
the loc...
If excitation of alternator 1 is increased then magnitude of E1 will be more than that
of E2
E2
E1 Er
Isy (circulating cur...
Hence cos φ1 (phase 1) is reduced and cos φ2 (phase 2) is increased.
Thus changes in KW loading of the two alternator is n...
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  1. 1. PARALLEL OPERATION OF ALTERNATORS Citharthan D Assistant Professor Christ the King Engineering College Coimbatore, India
  2. 2. If we need to operate the alternator in parallel we need to synchronize the alternators. Condition for synchronizing: The source (generator or sub-network) must have equal 1. line voltage 2. Frequency 3. Phase sequence 4. Phase angle 5. Waveform to that of the system to which it is being synchronized. Waveform and phase sequence are fixed by the construction of the generator and its connections to the system. So the voltage, frequency and phase angle must be controlled each time a generator is to be connected to a grid.
  3. 3. A1 A2 ZS ZS Local circuit Consider alternator A1 produces an e.m.f E1 whereas alternator A2 produces an e.m.f E2. With respect to the load, their e.m.fs are normally in phase: with respect to the local circuit their e.m.fs are in phase-opposition as shown in below fig. E1 E2 So there will not be any circulating current ( since resultant e.m.f is zero) E1 E2 Circulating current (Ic) = Er/2Zs Analysis of Synchronized Alternators A1 and A2 on no load
  4. 4. Let us consider two abnormal conditions on no-load 1)Change in prime mover 2)Change in Excitation
  5. 5. Suppose there to be no external load if machine 2 for some reason accelerates (by its prime mover), its e.m.f. will draw ahead of machine 1. Consider the resulting Phase difference is 2∂. E1 2∂ E2Er 1) Change in Prime mover input (On no Load)
  6. 6. When Zs = Resistance Circulating current (Ic) will be in phase with the resultant EMF (Er) E1 2∂ E2Er Ic (circulating current) almost Quadrature to E1 and E2)
  7. 7. When Zs= inductive Circulating current (Ic) will lags the resultant EMF (Er) E1 2∂ E2Er Ic almost in phase with E2 }Synchronizing power This synchronizing power makes the alternator A2 to work as generator and A1 as motor. i.e alternator A2 supplies current to alternator A1
  8. 8. Since alternator A2 supplies current it gradually lags whereas alternator A1 acting as a motor gradually leads. E1 2∂ E2 E2 ∂ E1 (During Transition) (At steady state condition Er= 0 , Hence no circulating current )
  9. 9. Thus the presence of more resistance in the generators will resist or oppose their synchronous operation. More reactance in the generators can cause good reaction between the two and help the generators to remain synchronism in spite of any disturbance occurring in any one of the generators. From phasor diagram , total synchronizing power, Maximum synchronizing power and synchronizing torque can be calculated
  10. 10. 2) Change in Excitation (on no load) With respect to the load, their e.m.fs are normally in phase: with respect to the local circuit their e.m.fs are in phase-opposition as shown below. A1 A2 ZS Local circuit E2 Circulating current (Ic) = Er/2Zs E1 E2 I1 I2
  11. 11. If excitation of alternator 1 is increased then magnitude of E1 will be more than that of E2 E2 E1 Er Isy (circulating current) Isy - lagging current for E1 which will produce demagnetizing effect and will try to reduce the emf E1. Isy - leading current for E2 which will produce Magnetising effect and will try to increase the emf E2. Hence circulating current will try to make the two generated emf equal at no load.
  12. 12. Hence cos φ1 (phase 1) is reduced and cos φ2 (phase 2) is increased. Thus changes in KW loading of the two alternator is negligible but reactive power KVAR1 from the alternator is increased whereas KVAR2 supplied by second alternator is decreased which can seen from power triangle.
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