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**POLY PHASE INDUCTION MACHINES **

**INTRODUCTION**

- A polyphase induction motor is a singly-excited a.c. machine in the sense that it supplied power from a single ac source
- Its stator winding which is directly connected to a.c. source, and its rotor winding receives energy from stator by means of induction.
- Balanced polyphase current in polyphase winding produce a constant-amplitude rotating m.m.f wave. The stator and rotor m.m.f waves combine to give the resultant air-gap flux density wave of constant amplitude and rotating at synchronous speed.
- Since an induction motor can't run at synchronous speed, it is called asynchronous machine.

**CONSTRUCTIONAL REATURES****Stator**

- The stator of an induction. Motor (IM) consists of stator frame, stator core, polyphase (3 or 2-ø)distributed winding, two end covers, bearing etc. The stator core is a stack of cylindrical steel laminations which are slotted along inner periphery for 3-phase winding.

- Three coils aa', bb' and cc' represent the windings of the three phases a, b and c respectively. Three winding are space displaced by 120° electrical and may be connected in star or delta.

- Three-ø winding in the stator slots is uniformly distributed along the air-gap periphery.

**Remember:**

- The air gap between stator and rotor should be as small as possible, this will
- reduce the leakage flux between stator and rotor.
- gives better operating power factor of the IM.

**Rotor**

- The IM has two types of Rotors

- Squirrel two types of Rotors
- Wound rotor (Slip ring rotor)

**Squirrel cage rotor**

- Rotor windings consists of uninsulated conductor in the form of copper or aluminium bars embedded in semi-closed slots.
- Solid bars are short circuited by end rings of same material. These are welded, brazed or riveted with two end rings for better electrical connection.
- No external resistance can be inserted in the rotor circuit of a cage IM.

**Wound-Rotor**

- The rotor windings is uniformly distributed and is usually connected in star. The three leads form the star connection are then connected to three slip rings or collector rings mounted on but insulated from the shaft.
- The external resistors are inserted in series with the rotor winding for speed and starting torque control.

**Remember.**

- Wound rotor IM used where
- speed control is required
- High starting torque is required.

- In both the type the rotor slots are skewed for obtaining a quieter and smoother operation of the IM.

**I.M. AS A TRANSFORMER**

- Induction motor is similar to transformer in many features.
- The stator and rotor windings are in star and rotor winding is assumed to be open circuited. So that rotor current is zero and no electromagnetic torque is developed.
- application of three balanced phase voltages at line frequency f
_{1}to the stator winding causes the production of a rotating magnetic field. This rotating flux cuts both the stator and stationary rotor conductor at synchronous speed, emfs of line frequency f_{1}are induced in them. - Per phase value of induced emf E
_{1 }in stator winding

Here, N_{1} = stator series turns per phase

kw_{1} = stator winding factor

- Per phase value of emfs induced in the standstill rotor winding

N_{2} = rotor series turns per phase

kw_{2} = rotor winding factor

- The emf or voltage ratio

- Here N'
_{1}and N'_{2 }are called the effective member of the stator-series turns per phase and rotorseries turns per phase. it is similar to the voltage ratio of a transformer.

**Note:**

- A WRIM at standstill is similar t a transformer at no load.
- 3–Ø IM with its blocked rotor is similar to the short circuit of transformer
- Stator and rotor winding of IM possess leakage reactance and resistance similar to transformer.

**Difference between IM and Transformer**

- In IM motor, winding is distributed along the air gap periphery, in transformer primary and secondary windings being concentrated, require no winding factor and maximum value of core flux is used.
- In M no load current varies from 30 to 50% of full load current where as in transformer no load current varies from 2 to 6% of full load. This is because in IM mutual flux crosses the air gap between stator and rotor whereas in transformer mutual flux complete its path through low reluctance path of iron.

**ROTATING MAGNETIC FIELD**

- When balanced polyphase current flow in balanced polyphase windings, a rotating magnetic field is produced for a 3-f machine, the three windings are displaced from each other by 120° electrical space degree along the air-gap periphery.

- These windings are excited respectively by threephase balanced currents

- These currents in phase windings a, b, c set up three pulsating mmf of waves in the air gap. These mmfs are directed along the magnetic axis of phases a, b, c.
- The three mmfs F
_{a}' F_{b}and F_{c}can be expressed mathematically as

F_{a} = F_{m} cosα cos ωt

F_{b} = F_{m} cos (α – 120°) cos (ωt – 120°)

F_{c} = F_{m} cos (α – 240°) cos (ωt– 240°)

**Note:**

- Angle α is measured from the axis of phase a as shown in figure.
- The resultant mmf

F_{r}(α, t) = F_{a} + F_{b} + F_{c}

F_{r}(α, t) =

- Above equation represents a travelling mmf wave of constant amplitude 3/2 F
_{m}.

- The entire waveform is travelling along the air gap circumference at a constant angular ω = 2πf electrical radians per second (called synchronous speed) For a P-pole machine, the synchronous speed ω
_{m}.

**Remember:**

- If phase sequence of supply current is reversed (by inter changing any two supply terminals) the direction of rotation of magnetic field will be reverse.
- magnetic filed rotates at a speed N
_{s}with respect to the windings.

**PRINCIPLE OF OPERATION**

- If rotor is shorted it self then induced current are flowing in the rotor winding. The direction of these induced current according to the Lenz's law is such as to oppose very cause of its production. The cause of there production is the relative speed between stator field rotor conductor.
- To oppose the relative speed between them rotor also starts rotating in the same direction as magnetic field at a speed N
_{r}< N_{s}.

**Note:**

- The rotor speed always less than N
_{s}, as if rotor runs as N_{s}, there will be no relative motion, stator field and rotor conductor hence no induced emf, no induced current, no torque production hence no rotation.

**ROTOR FREQUENCY**

- At stand still, rotor conductors are being cut by rotating flux wave at synchronous speed ns, therefore frequency f
_{2}of the rotor emf and current is equal to the line frequency f_{1}. When rotor revolves at a speed of n_{r}rps in the direction of rotating flux wave, the relative speed between synchronously rotating flux and rotor conductors becomes (n_{s}–n_{r}) rps. - Frequency of rotor emf

- Slip,
- Rotor frequency,
- The frequency of the rotor emf and current in an induction motor is given by the product of slip s and the line frequency f
_{1}. It is for this reason that f_{2}is also called the slip frequency.

**ROTOR POWER**

- Per phase input to rotor,

P_{g} = E_{2} I_{2} cosθ_{2}

- Out or shaft torque

P_{g} = stator power input-stator I^{2} R loss–stator core loss

**LOSSES AND EFFICIENCY**

**Fixed Losses**

- These losses are composed of
- core loss
- bearing friction loss
- brush friction loss in wound-rotor induction motors (WRIMs) only
- windage loss.

**Variables Losses**

- These losses are composed of
- stator ohmic loss
- rotor ohmic loss
- brush contact loss for WRIMs only
- Stray load los

Power flow diagram for a 3-phase induction motor

- The efficiency of a 3-phase induction motor

Where

P_{sh} = shaft power

P_{f} = fixed losses = core loss + friction and windage losses

P_{oh} = stator and rotor ohmic losses + brush contact loss (if any)

**ANALYSIS OF THE EQUIVALENT CIRCUIT**

- In above figure R
_{c}is ignored, but loss represented by R_{c}, i.e. core-loss, must be accounted for along with friction and windage losses. - Steady-state performance parameters of the induction motor, such as current , speed, torque, losses etc. can be computed from the equivalent circuit of shown below figure.

- In above figure Z
_{f}is the per-phase impedance offered to the stator y the rotating air-gap field. Note that Z_{f}includes the reflected effect of rotor leakage impedance and the magnetizing reactance X_{m}.

- Impedance as seen by the stator applied voltage V
_{1}

Z_{1 }= r_{1} + jx_{1} + Z_{f}

- Stator current, I
_{1}= V_{1}/Z_{1} - Per-phase air-gap power.

**TORQUE-SLIP CHARACTERISTICS**

- By Thevenin's theorem, the circuit consisting of r
_{1}, x_{1}, X_{m}and source voltage V_{1}can be replaced by an equivalent voltage source V_{e}and an equivalent impedance as shown in figure.

Where

and

- Here is the voltage appearing across terminals a, b with the rotor circuit disconnected from these two points. Equivalent stator impedance
_{ }is the impedance viewed from terminals a, b towards the voltage source and with source voltage short circuited. - For most induction motors (x
_{1}+X_{m}) is much greater than r_{1}

and

Here X_{1 }= x_{1} + X_{m}, is the stator self-reactance per phase.

- Rotor current

- The total torque

Here m is the number of stator phase

where,

- Depending upon the value of slip an induction motor can have the following operating regions or modes.

**Motoring Mode: (0 < s ≤ 1)**

- In this mode, the Rotor rotates in the direction of rotating field produced by the stator currents and slip varies from 1 at standstill to zero at synchronous speed.

**Generating Mode: (s<0)**

- An IM will operate in this region only when its stator terminals are connected to constantfrequency voltage source and its rotor is driven above synchronous speed, by prime mover.
- If stator is disconnected from voltage source and rotor is drive above synchronous speed by prime mover no generating action would take place.

**Braking Mode: (s >1)**

- This mode, can be obtained by driving the rotor, with prime mover, opposite to the direction of rotating field.
- Slip more than 1 is obtained by bringing the rotor to a quick stop by braking action, called plugging.
- For obtaining plugging, any two stator leads are interchanged. With this the phase sequence is reversed and the direction of rotating magnetic field becomes suddenly opposite to that of the rotor rotation.
- The electromagnetic torque Te acting opposite to rotor rotation, produces the braking action.
- Thus the motor can be quickly brought to rest by plugging, but the stator must be disconnected from the supply before rotor can start in the other direction

**Maximum Internal Torque**

- Also called as stalling torque, pull-out torque or breakdown torque T
_{em}. - Torque would be maximum. When power delivered to r
_{2}/s is maximum. - When impedance r
_{2}/s becomes equal to the magnitude of impedance seen by r_{2}/s towards the voltage source V_{e}, the power absorbed by r_{2}/s will be maximum. - Condition for maximum internal torque

where X = x_{2} + X_{e}

- The slip s
_{mT}at which maximum torque occurs

- Maximum torque

**Remember:**

- The slip at which maximum torque occurs is directly proportional to the rotor resistance r
_{2}, but indicates that maximum torque T_{em}is independent of r_{2}. - If r
_{2}is increased by inserting external resistance in the rotor circuit of a woundrotor induction motor, the magnitude of maximum internal torque is unaffected but the slip at which it occurs is affected proportionally.

Induction motor torque-slip curves with different values of rotor-circuit resistances

**Observations:**

- T
_{em}is directly proportional to the square of stator voltage. - T
_{em}is reduced by an increase in stator resistance_{1}. - T
_{em}is reduced by increasing in stator leakage reactance x_{1}and rotor leakage reactance x_{'z.} - For obtaining higher value of maximum torque the air gap is kept as small as possible. A small air allows more flux to be mutual between stator and rotor windings.

**Observations:**

- The speed of motor can be controlled by varying rotor circuit resistance but maximum torque remains unaffected
- The starting torque can be varied by changing the rotor circuit resistances
- The line current taken by the motor shall also vary with rotor circuit resistance.
- The power factor at starting is also affected by rotor circuit resistance.

For obtaining better performance of the IM starting torque is increased by inserting a suitable external resistance in the rotor circuit at starting.

**Starting Torque**

- Starting torque

- To get maximum starting torque, the rotor-circuit resistance must be increased to
- New value of rotor-circuit resistance can be obtained by inserting external resistance equal to in the rotor circuit at the time of starting.

**Motor Operation Near Synchronous Speed**

- When slip is small, r
_{2}/s becomes quite large

**Motor Torque in Terms of T _{em}**

Since r_{1} or R_{e} neglected

r_{2} = s_{mt }X (∵R_{e }= 0) slip for maximum torque substitute value of r_{2} in above equation

or

**POWER-SLIP CHARACTERISTICS**

- The total internal mechanical power developed

- Slip at which power developed is maximum

- Maximum power,

- P
_{mm}depends on rotor resistance r_{2}whereas T_{em}does not. - At starting, slip s= 1 and internal mechanical power developed P
_{m}is zero - When slip s = 1, the air-gap power transferred from stator to rotor is I
^{2}_{2}r_{2}and this all appears as ohmic loss in the rotor circuit and, therefore, the mechanical power developed P_{m }is zero.

However,

**Remember:**

- power P
_{m}during plugging is returned to the supply.

As slip s is more than 1 during plugging, shows that P_{m} is negative. Whereas T_{e} is positive during plugging or braking region

**power-slip curve for an induction machine**

- In order to get maximum power output from an induction generator. The rotor must be driven at a speed

**EQUIVALENT CIRCUIT PARAMETERS**

The equivalent circuit parameters of induction motors can be determined from the following test.**No-load (or running light test)**

- The induction motor is made to run at no load at rated voltage and frequency. per phase values of applied stator voltage V
_{nl}' input current I_{nl }and input power P_{nl}are recorded. - The no-load slip snl is very small, therefore, r
_{2}/s_{nl}in figure is very large as compared to X_{m}. In view of this resultant of parallel of branches jX_{m }and is almost equal to jX_{m}.

- The no-load reactance X
_{nl}Seen from the stator terminals

X_{nl }=x_{1} + X_{m} = X_{1}

- Stator no-load impedance and stator no-load resistance,

and

- The rotational losses P
_{r}(friction, windage loss and core loss) are usually assumed constant and can be obtained from the relation

where m is the number of stator phases and r_{1 }is the phase stator resistance.

**Blocked-rotor Test**

- Used to calculate leakage impedance of impedance motor.
- The rotor shaft is blocked by external means. Now balanced polyphase voltages at rated frequency are applied to the stator terminals through a polyphase variac.
- The applied voltage is adjusted till rated current flows in the stator winding. Per phase values of applied voltage V
_{br}' input current (= rated current) I_{br}and the input power P_{br}are recorded. - Current I
_{br}may be affected by rotor position, in view of this the rotor should be held in a position that gives I_{br }equal to the mean of maximum and minimum current values. - Measure the d.c. resistance per phase of the stator winding soon after this test and multiply it by 1.1 to 1.3 in order to obtain the per phase effective stator resistance r
_{1}.

- The blocked-rotor impedance,

- The blocked-rotor resistance,

- Blocked-rotor reactance,

- Usually the magnetizing reactance X
_{m}>> rotor leakage reactance X_{2},/X_{m}is negligibly small and this gives

X_{br} = x_{1 }+ x_{2}

- For wound-rotor induction motors, x
_{1}is assumed equal to x_{2,}i.e. x_{1}= x_{2 }= 1/2 X_{br.} - Once x
_{1}is known, the other parameters can be found by the following equations. - The stator magnetizing reactance is

X_{m} = X_{nl} – X_{1}

- Blocked-rotor resistance R
_{bf }as seen form th stator terminals

- Per phase rotor resistance,

**Remember:**

- Friction and windage loss can be computed from the no-load test.
- Under normal operation of the induction motor, the rotor core-loss is usually negligible.
- The power input to the induction motor at noload has to supply the stator copper loss, core loss and friction and windage loss.
- The d.c. resistance of the stator winding is measured and its per phase effective value r
_{1}is calculaed from the relation r_{1}= (1.1 to 1.3) d.c. resistance of one phase). - As the motor speeds up, the rotor frequency decreases and with it the rotor core-loss decreases accordingly. Under normal running rotor, the slip is small (0.02 to 0.05), the rotor frequency is also very small.

**STARTING 3-ø IM Remember:**

- A
**3-ø**induction motor has positive finite starting torque. **3-ø**induction motor is a self-starting motor and begins to rotate on its own when connected to a - f source.- A
**3-ø**induction motor takes high starting current if started at full voltage. In order to limit this high starting current to reasonable values, some methods are adopted for starting of**3-ø**induction motors.

**Starting of Squirrel-Cage Motor**

**Direction-on-line (Across-the-line) Starting**

- The motor takes low-power factor starting current of 5 to 7 times its full-load current, depending upon its size and design. Such large currents of short duration don't harm the rugged squirrel cage motor, but the high currents may cause objectionable voltage drop in the power supply lines feeding the induction motor. These large voltage drops cause undesirable dip in the supply line voltage; consequently the operation of other equipments connected to the same supply line is effected considerably.
- If the supply system is of sufficient power capacity and the low-power factor starting-current surges don't cause objectionable voltage dips in the supply line voltage, then the direct-on-line starting should be preferred.
- Let I
_{st }and I_{fl}be the per-phase stator current drawn from the supply mains corresponding to starting and full-load conditions respectively

- Equation is valid in case rotor resistance remains constant. Actually, rotor resistance varies with the frequency of rotor current; at starting rotor frequency is 50 Hz and a full load it is only a few hertz.
- If no-load current is neglected, then I
_{st}× effective stator turns = I_{2st}× effective rotor turns

or I_{st}= I_{2st }(effective rotor to stator turns ratio)

- If V
_{1}is the per phase stator voltage and Z_{sc}is the standstill per phase leakage impedance referred to stator then per phase short-circuit current at standstill (or at starting) is,

- For direct switching,

**Stator Resistor (or Reactor) Starting**

- In this method, a resistor or a reactor is inserted in between motor terminals and the supply mains.

- Only a fraction x (less than 1) of the supply voltage appears across the stator terminals. This reduces the per-phase starting current I
_{st}drawn by the motor from the supply mains. As the motor speeds up the reactor is cut out in steps and finally shortcircuited when the motor speed is near to its operating speed. - Per-phase voltage is reduced to xV
_{1}. - The per-phase starting current

or

**Auto-transformer starting**

- A fraction xV
_{1}of the supply voltage V_{1}is applied to the stator terminals at the times of starting, by means of an auto-transformer.

- After the motor has accelerated near to its operating speed, auto-transformer is disconnected and full line voltage is applied to the induction motor by connecting it directly across the supply mains.
- Per-phase starting current in motor windin

- If no-load current of auto-transformer is neglected, then per phase output VA of autotransformer must be equal to its per phase input VA

Ist. V_{1} = xV_{1 }(xI_{sc})

- Per-phase starting current from the supply mains

I_{st} = x^{2}. I_{sc}

- Motor starting current per-phase is reduced only to x times the direct switching I
_{sc}; but the perphase starting from the supply mains is reduced to x_{2 }times the direct switching I_{sc}

- For an induction motor, torque μ (voltage)
^{2}

**Remember:**

- In auto transformer starting, both starting current and torque are reduced by same factor.

**Star-delta Starting**

- This method of starting is used for motors designed to operate normally in delta.

- The stator phases are first connected in star by throwing the triple pole double throw (TPDT) switch to position 1 and after steady-state speed has reached, TPDT is thrown over to position 2, there by connecting the stator winding in delta.
- Let V
_{L}be the line voltage. Then per phase motor starting current I_{st}with stator winding in star - Starting line current with direct switching would be equal to

- With star-delta starter, the starting current from the mains is one-third of that with direct switching in delta

- Star-delta also reduces the starting torque to onethird of that produced by direct switching in delta.
- With star delta-starter, a motor behaves as if it were started by an auto-transformer starter with x1/√3 i.e. with 58% tapping

**Speed Control of Induction Motor**

- The rotor speed of an induction motor is given by

From above, it is seen that speed can be changed by a change in frequency f, number of poles P or slip s.

V → xV

x < 1

T → x^{2}T

R_{1}x_{1} = 0

at low slip

To maintain same T_{fl}

if s' = 2s

⇒ V^{2}s = V'^{2} (2s)

⇒ V' = 1/√2V

⇒ I'_{2} = sV/R'_{2}

⇒

for the same load torque its speed is to be decreased by reducing the voltage, 1/√2 if slip is double by reducing the stator voltage times. The full load current is increases by a factor √2. That create excessive stress, moreover torque reduces drastically. (Narrow range of speed control)

**Rotor resistance control: (only for SRIM)**

R'_{2} = R'_{20 }+ R_{ext}

wide range of speed control

- The only disadvantage of this method is that, the slip power is to be wasted in external resistor. So efficiency is poor however, if slip power is return to the supply, efficiency is improve that scheme is called slip power recovery scheme.

**Frequency Control**

i.e.

**V/f Control**

constant

Stator impedance R_{1}, x_{1}, ≌ 0

nominal voltage V_{0} is rated nominal frequency f_{0}

Speed

rotor reactance

Slip for maximum torque

at nominal V_{0} ,f_{o}

Wide range of speed control if

f > f_{0}

V = V_{0}

**COGGING**

- The phenomenon of magnetic locking between stator and rotor teeth is called cogging or teeth locking.
- If stator slots are equal to rotor slot or integral multiple of rotor slot then magnetic locking occurs.
- Due to this phenomenon 3-f cage induction motor fails to start. While full voltage is applied.
- The reluctance of the magnetic path is minimum when the stator and rotor teeth face each other Under this condition there is magnetic locking between stator and rotor teeth,
- The variation in reluctance as a f unction of space is pronounced and results in strong alignment forces at the instant of starting.

- Let at the time of starting stator teeth and rotor teeth are aligned. When the rotor tries to rotate, reluctance in the path of flux increases hence flux trying to keep stator teeth and rotor teeth align to follow low reluctance path.
- If starting torque is very small then alignment force per pole is more than the starting torque, then cogging phenomena will. occur. Alignment force < T
_{st}.

**Remember:**

- The cogging phenomena occurs in SCIM as starting torque is low.
- To avoid cogging phenomena such combination of stator and totor slots are avoided.
- Cogging can also be reduced by using skewed rotor.

**CRAWLING**

- Certain combination of stator and rotor slots (not necessarily integral multiple) leads to certain space harmonics in mmf wave. e.g. if 5
^{th}and 7^{th}space harmonics are present in mmf wave due to certain combination of slots S_{1 }and S_{2}. - Fictitious number of poles corresponding to 5th harmonics P5 = 5P Speed of rotating field due to 5th harmonics

electrical angle corresponding to 5th space

- For fundamental space displacement of three windings, B Lags A by 120°, C lags A by 240°. Three phase

- The space sequence, corresponds to 5
^{th}harmonic is reversed that of fundamental, hence 5th harmonics field rotates in the opposite direction to that of fundamental field. - 5
^{th}space harmonics field rotates in the opposite direction to that of fundamental at N_{s}/5 i.e. backward rotating field at N_{s}/5.

For 7^{th }harmonics:

- 7
^{th}harmonics field rotates in the same direction of fundamental at (N_{s}/7).i.e. forward starting field at (N_{s}/7).

- Due to the presence of seventh harmonics in flu> torque, the load torque curve intersects the moto torque-speed characteristic at point A. Since the seventh harmonic flux torque curve has negative slope.
- Due to this, the motor torque falls below the load torque. At this stage the motor will not accelerate up to its normal speed but will remain running at a speed which is nearly (1/7) of its normal speed and operating point would be A.
- This tendency of the motor to run at a stable speed low as 1/7th of the normal speed Ns and being unable to pickup its normal speed is known as crawling of the motor.
- Crawling can b reduced be reducing fifth and 7th harmonics. This can be done by using a chorded (or short pitched) winding.

- Due to the presence of harmonics there is additional stable region at a speed near N
_{s}/7. In torque speed characteristics for a particular load torques as shown the motor runs stably at reduced speed N_{1}/<<N_{0 }very less than rated N_{o}.

**Note:**

- Corresponding to triplen harmonics 3,9,15,21, The windings is not balanced means difference is not 120°. Hence they will not generate any rotating field.

**Remember:**

- Cogging and crawling are much less prominent in wound rotor motors because of there higher starting torques

**DEEP BAR ROTOR**

- A cage rotor with deep and narrow bars. A bar may be assumed to be made up of number of narrow layers connected in parallel. which are shown in figure

Good running performance

- The SRIM is superior to SCIM as external resistance can be added to improve starting performance and to improve the running performance. The external resistance is remove so high rotor resistance at starting , low rotor resistance in running.

frequency induced current in rotor f_{2} = sf slip frequency

at starting i.e. s = 1, f_{2} = f = 50 high s = 0.02, f_{2} = sf

= 2Hz small rotor bar can be assumed as a combination of strips

- Top most layer element is linked with minimum leakage flux and therefore, its leakage inductance is minimum on the other hand, the bottom strip links with maximum leakage flux, therefore its leakage inductance is maximum
- The resulting large cross-sectional area makes the rotor resistance quite small resulting in a good efficiency at low slips.
- The flux linking with the strips decreases progressively from lower strip to top strip

- Due to the difference in the reactance, the current flowing through the strips increases progressively from bottom strip to top strip. This effect is dominant at the time of starting. Hence at starting Ø
_{2}is higher and starting current distribution in non uniform. Current progressively decreases from top to bottom, hence effective resistance is higher at the time of starting. Total leakage flux of rotor with deep bar design is some what higher than the normal design and hence leakage reactance, x_{2}-with deep bar rotor design.

**DOUBLE CAGE ROTOR**

- For obtaining high starting torque at low starting current, Upper strip cross-sectional area is smaller than that of lower stip.
- Cross section area of upper and lower cages are separated by their air constriction flux.

- From figure the leakage flux linking the inner cage winding is much larger than that of the upper cage winding, and the lower winding therefore, has a greater self inductance.

x_{l} > x_{u} at starting f_{2} – l_{l} < l_{u}

at the time of starting the reactance of lower bar is large as compare to that of upper bar hence starting current flows mainly to the upper bar, that is high resistance. Effective resistance of rotor at the time of starting ≌ R_{pu}

- In the running condition at low frequency the mismatch in reactance is negligible and hence rotor current flows through both bar.

- At starting the voltage induced in the rotor is same as the supply frequency (f
_{2}= f_{1}). Hence, the leakage reactance of the lower-cage winding = 2πfL is much larger than that of the outer-cage winding Therefore most starting current is flowing in the outer-cage winding which offers low-impedance to the flow of current.

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