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- 1. Synchronous Generators Workshop on Basic Electrical Engineering, held at VVCE, Mysuru, on 30-April-2016 R S Ananda Murthy Associate Professor Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore 570 006 R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 2. Learning Outcomes After completing this lecture the student should be able to – Describe the principle of operation of an alternator. Describe different types of construction of alternators. List the advantages of rotating ﬁeld type of alternators. State the reasons for distributing armature conductors in slots. State the meaning of pitch factor, distribution factor, and winding factor in respect of armature winding of alternators. Find the frequency of the generated E.M.F. Calculate the generated E.M.F. in the alternator taking into account distribution factor and pitch factor. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 3. Photographs of Practical Generators Horizontal shaft type, typically driven by diesel engine. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 4. Photographs of Practical Generators Vertical shaft type, typically driven by water turbine. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 5. Photographs of Practical Generators Horizontal shaft, turbo-alternator, driven by steam turbine. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 6. Principle of Operation of Synchronous Generator A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2 Stationary Armature Rotating Field Coil D.C. Supply S N A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2 Stator Rotor When the poles on the rotor, driven by prime mover, move past the stator conductors, due to the relative motion of conductors with respect to the poles, the magnetic ﬂux lines are cut by the conductors and voltage is induced in them. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 7. Salient Pole and Cylindrical Rotor Types . Cast Steel Frame Armature Core N N S S N S Salient Pole Construction Cylindrical Rotor Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . If prime move speed is low as in case of water turbines, salient pole type is preferred. If the prime mover speed is high as in case of steam turbines, cylindrical rotor is preferred. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 8. Advantages of Rotating Field Construction The coil connections can be made easily and securely on the stator than on the rotor. If the armature winding is placed on the rotor, then, three slip rings would be required where as if the poles are placed on the rotor, only two slip rings designed to carry low power for the ﬁeld winding are required. Transferring large armature power through brush and slip ring causes them to wear out frequently which is prevented if the armature is stationary. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 9. Advantages of Rotating Field Construction As the generated voltage is 11 kV or above, armature winding requires thicker insulation which is difﬁcult to design if the armature is on the rotor. Field winding is lighter than armature winding and therefore it is preferable to place it on the rotor. In very big synchronous generators, forced hydrogen cooling of armature winding is employed which can be conveniently implemented if the armature is stationary. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 10. Reasons for Using Distributed Winding Armature winding in practical generators is uniformly distributed in many slots for the following reasons — It is difﬁcult to put all the conductors of a phase winding in one or two slots. Distributed winding reduces harmonics in the generated voltage and makes the waveform closer to sinusoidal shape. Distributed winding helps in more uniform heat distribution and cooling and thus helps in preventing insulation failure due to excessive heat in the winding. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 11. Photograph of Stator Winding Stator winding of a generator in a hydro-electric power plant. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 12. Armature Winding Coils P Q P Q Full Pitched Coil Short Pitched Coil A1 A2 A1 A2 Overhang Coil Span Coil Side In practical generators, short pitched coils are used to minimize the length of overhangs and also to reduce harmonics in the generated voltage. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 13. Pitch Factor (Kp) of Armature Winding Due to short pitched coil, the magnitude of E.M.F. induced e will be slightly reduced when compared to a full pitched coil. For a short pitched coil, the pitch factor is deﬁned as Kp = Voltage generated in a short pitched coil Voltage generated in a full pitched coil (1) Formula for Kp is Kp = cos β 2 (2) where β is the angle in electrical degrees by which the coil is short pitched as shown in the previous slide. Typically Kp is about 0.9 in a practical generator. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 14. Distribution Factor (Kd) of Armature Winding For a distributed winding, the distribution factor, Kd is deﬁned as Kd = Voltage induced in a distributed winding Voltage induced in a concentrated winding (3) Kd is given by Kd = sin(mα/2) msin(α/2) (4) where α is known as slot angle and m are given by α = 180 S/P and m = S 3P where S is total number of slots, P is number of poles. Typically Kd is about 0.9 for a practical generator. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 15. Frequency of Generated E.M.F. When a conductor moves past a pair of poles, one cycle of sinusoidal voltage is completed. If P = total number of poles in the machine, then, Number of cycles per revolution = P 2 (5) If N = R.P.M. of the motor, then, the rotor makes N/60 R.P.S. Hence, the frequency of the induced E.M.F. is given by f = P 2 × N 60 = PN 120 Hz (6) R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 16. Equation for Induced E.M.F. in an Alternator If P = number of poles in the machine, and Φ = ﬂux per pole, magnetic ﬂux cut by a conductor in one revolution of the rotor = PΦ. If N is the R.P.M., then, time taken by the rotor to make one revolution = 60/N seconds. Therefore, Flux cut per second by a conductor = PΦ 60/N But average induced E.M.F. in a conductor = ﬂux cut per second. Therefore Average induced E.M.F. in a conductor = PΦN 60 R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 17. Equation for Induced E.M.F. in an Alternator If T = total number of turns connected in series per phase, and since each turn will have two conductors, we have Z = Total number of conductors in series per phase = 2T. So, Average E.M.F. induced per phase = |Eav | = PΦN 60 ·2T The air gap ﬂux in the generator will have more or less sinusoidal distribution. Then, the induced E.M.F. in each phase will also be sinusoidal. For a sinusoidal waveform we have Form Factor = |Eph| |Eav | = 1.11 where Eph = R.M.S. value of the induced voltage per phase. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 18. Equation for Induced E.M.F. in an Alternator Therefore, the R.M.S. voltage induced per phase is |Eph| = 1.11× PΦN 60 ×2T = 2.22PΦNT 60 (7) But the frequency of the induced E.M.F. is given by f = PN 120 =⇒ 2f = PN 60 Substituting this in Eq. (7) we get |Eph| = 4.44ΦfT Volts R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 19. Equation for Induced E.M.F. in an Alternator In a practical machine the armature winding is evenly distributed in the slots and short pitched coils are used. Due to this, the induced E.M.F. is slightly reduced by a factor Kw where Kw = KpKd is known as the winding factor. So, the induced E.M.F. in an actual machine is given by |Eph| = 4.44ΦfTKw Volts (8) Since the three coils in the armature winding of a practical generator are always star connected, the line voltage at the terminals of the synchronous generator is given by |E| = √ 3×|Eph| (9) R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators
- 20. License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. R S Ananda Murthy Synchronous Generators

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