Line Reactors 1kW - 1100kW
Product Code: 25299
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Line Reactor - 1kW - 1100kW
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What is a line reactor?
A line reactor (also referred to as a "choke") is a variable frequency drive (VFD) accessory that consists of a coil of wire that forms a magnetic field as current flows through it. This magnetic field limits the rate of rise of the current, thus reducing harmonics and protecting the drive from power system surges and transients. There are two primary types of reactors used in variable frequency drives: AC & DC. When an AC reactor is placed between the power system and the drive, it is referred to as an AC line reactor. When a DC reactor is inserted into the DC link of a variable frequency drive, it is known as a DC link reactor.
Should I Install One?
Both AC and DC reactors limit harmonic currents. However, AC reactors have the significant advantage of protecting the entire VFD from power system surges and transients since they are placed between the power system and the incoming power terminals at the drive. Reactors can prevent overvoltage trips, increase the reliability and life span of the VFD, improve total power factor, and reduce nuisance tripping.
Drive Protection - Line Reactors
In situations where you have inverter drives located very close to the incoming facility power source, such as a substation, they may be susceptible to any incoming spikes and other transients. This is because there may not be enough impedance (in the form of transformers, power feeders, and the like) to help counteract these transient voltage spikes. This situation can damage the front end (diode section) of the drives or cause nuisance overvoltage tripping on the system. Installing a 5% impedance line reactor at the input to each drive helps counteract line spikes, keeping them from tripping or damaging the drives.
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