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Electric Motor Absorbed Power Estimation - Fitting Curves

Power Factor

The power factor data shown below:

power factor

fits a curve of the form:

pf = a - b · ec·log(1-x/100)



The efficiency data shown below:


can be transformed to a straight line graph by plotting percentage load over efficiency against percentage load, a follows

per Load over Efficiency

It can be seen from the above graph that the value of the function at no load is missing; but can be calculated from

x/η = √3·V·INL·cosφ

Because this curve is a straight line it can be parametised by a simple linear regression routine.

So we now have functions for power factor and efficiency in terms of percentage motor load and we can use these in

P = η·√3·V·I·cosφ

to estimeate the absorbed power.

Online Calculations

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