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# Basic electrical engineering

UNIT-2
Q-1: what is a generator?
Ans: Generator is a machine which converts mechanical energy in to electrical energy.
Q-2: State the principle by which generators convert mechanical energy to
electrical energy.
Ans: It works on the principle of electromagnetic induction.
Whenever a conductor is moved within a magnetic field in such a way that the
conductor cuts across magnetic lines of flux, voltage is generated in the
conductor.
The AMOUNT of voltage generated depends on
(1) the strength of the magnetic field,
(2) the angle at which the conductor cuts the magnetic field,
(3) the speed at which the conductor is moved, and
(4) the length of the conductor within the magnetic field.
Q-3: What is the polarity of the generated voltage?
Ans: The POLARITY of the voltage depends on the direction of the magnetic
lines of flux and the direction of movement of the conductor. To determine the
direction of current in a given situation, the LEFT-HAND RULE FOR
GENERATORS is used. This rule is explained in the following manner.
Extend the thumb, forefinger, and middle finger of your left hand at right
angles to one another, as shown in figure 1-1. Point your thumb in the direction
the conductor is being moved. Point your forefinger in the direction of magnetic
flux (from north to south). Your middle finger will then point in the direction of
current flow in an external circuit to which the voltage is applied.
Left-hand rule for generators.
Q-4: Draw sketch of an Elementary Generator ?
Ans:
Q-5: Give the sectional view a D.C.Generator ?
Ans:
Construction of a dc generator (cutaway drawing).
Q-6: What are the main parts of a d.c.generator?
Ans: Following are the principle parts of a d.c.generator
1. Magnetic frame or Yoke.
2. Pole cores & pole-shoe.
3. Pole coils or field coils.
4. Armature .
5. Armature conductors or Windings.
6. Commutator.
7. Brushes & Bearings.
8. Legs or support stand.

Q-7: What is a Yoke?
Ans: The outer most frame is called yoke.
It serves double purpose.
1. it provides mechanical support for poles .
2. it provides less reluctance path for the flow of flux.
Q-8: What is stator & rotor?
Ans: Stator is the stationary part of the machine.
Where as rotor is the rotating part of the machine.
Q-9: What is an Armature?
Ans: The rotating part of a d.c.generator which is a assembly of
conductor,commutator & the shaft is called as an armature.
Q-10: State the purpose of slip rings.
Ans: The ends of the armature loop are connected to rings called SLIP RINGS.
They rotate with the armature. The brushes, with wires attached to them, ride
against these rings. The generated voltage appears across these brushes which is
then given to the external circuit.
Q-11: What is a Commutator?
Ans:

A commutator is a physical rectifier which converts alternating voltage to
pulsating dc voltage .
A single-loop generator with each terminal connected to a segment of a
two-segment metal ring is shown in figure . The two segments of the split metal
ring are insulated from each other. This forms a simple COMMUTATOR. The
commutator in a dc generator replaces the slip rings . This is the main difference
in their construction. The commutator mechanically reverses the armature loop
connections to the external circuit. This occurs at the same instant that the polarity
of the voltage in the armature loop reverses.
Q-12: What is commutation?
Ans: Commutation is the process by which a dc voltage output is taken from an
armature that has an ac voltage induced in it. .As commutator mechanically
reverses the armature loop connections to the external circuit. This occurs at the
same instant that the voltage polarity in the armature loop reverses. A dc voltage
is applied to the load because the output connections are reversed as each
commutator segment passes under a brush. The segments are insulated from each
other.
Q-13: How field strength can be varied in a dc generator?
Ans: Nearly generators use electromagnetic poles instead of the permanent
magnets used in our elementary generator. The electromagnetic field poles consist
of coils of insulated copper wire wound on soft iron cores, as shown in figure 1-6.
The main advantages of using electromagnetic poles are
(1) Increased field strength and
(2) A means of controlling the strength of the fields. By varying the input voltage,
the field strength is varied. By varying the field strength, the output voltage of the
generator can be controlled.
Four-pole generator (without armature).
Q-14: What is a Field Winding?
Ans: The windings which provided on the poles for excitation are called as field
windings.
Field Windings On A Pole Piece.
Q-15: What is armature winding?
Ans: The conductors are connected to commutator in a definite manner is
known as armature windings.
Q-16: What are the types of armature windings?
Ans: There are two types of windings.
a) Lap winding
b) Wave winding.
The winding are lapped over one another & which are used for high current &
low voltage applications is known as lap winding.
The winding which are in the form of a wave & are used for low current & high
voltage applications is known as wave winding.
This is shown by the fig below.
Q-17: What is a parallel path?
Ans: The number of conductors per pole are connected in series . such type of
series conductors are connected across two brushes which constitutes the parallel
path. It is represented by A.
For a lap winding number of parallel paths = number of poles- P
For a wave winding number of parallel paths = 2 always irrespective of number
of poles.
Q-18: What is field excitation?
Ans: When a dc voltage is applied to the field windings of a dc generator,
current flows through the windings and sets up a steady magnetic field. This is
called FIELD EXCITATION.
Q-19: What is self excitated generator?
Ans: A generator that supplies its own field excitation is called a SELF-
EXCITED GENERATOR. Self-excitation is possible only if the field pole pieces
have retained a slight amount of permanent magnetism, called RESIDUAL
MAGNETISM. When the generator starts rotating, the weak residual magnetism
causes a small voltage to be generated in the armature. This small voltage applied
to the field coils causes a small field current. Although small, this field current
strengthens the magnetic field and allows the armature to generate a higher
voltage. The higher voltage increases the field strength, and so on. This process
continues until the output voltage reaches the rated output of the generator.
Q-20: What is armature reaction?
Ans: The current-carrying conductors produce magnetic fields. The
magnetic field produced by current in the armature of a dc generator affects the
flux pattern and distorts the main field. This distortion causes a shift in the neutral
plane, which affects commutation. This change in the neutral plane and the
reaction of the magnetic field is called ARMATURE REACTION.
Armature reaction.
Q-21: What are Armature losses?
Ans: In dc generators, as in most electrical devices, certain forces act to decrease the
efficiency. These forces, as they affect the armature, are considered as losses and
may be defined as follows:
1.
2
I R
or copper loss in the winding.
2. Eddy current loss in the core.
3. Hysteresis loss (a sort of magnetic friction).
Q-22: What causes copper losses & how it can be minimized?
Ans: The power lost in the form of heat in the armature winding of a generator is
known as COPPER LOSS. Heat is generated any time current flows in a
conductor. Copper loss is an I
2
R loss, which increases as current increases. The
amount of heat generated is also proportional to the resistance of the conductor.
The resistance of the conductor varies directly with its length and inversely with
its cross sectional area.
Copper loss is minimized in armature windings by using large diameter wire.
Q-23: What are eddy currents?
Ans: The core of a generator armature is made from soft iron, which is a conducting
material with desirable magnetic characteristics. Any conductor will have currents
induced in it when it is rotated in a magnetic field. These currents that are induced
in the generator armature core are called EDDY CURRENTS.
Q-24: What are eddy current losses?
Ans: The power dissipated in the form of heat, as a result of the eddy currents, is
considered a loss.
Q-25: How can eddy current be reduced?
Ans: Eddy currents, just like any other electrical currents, are affected by the
resistance of the material in which the currents flow. The resistance of any
material is inversely proportional to its cross-sectional area. Figure 1-11, view A,
shows the eddy currents induced in an armature core that is a solid piece of soft
iron.
Figure below, view B, shows a soft iron core of the same size, but made
up of several small pieces insulated from each other. This process is called
lamination. The currents in each piece of the laminated core are considerably less
than in the solid core because the resistance of the pieces is much higher.
(Resistance is inversely proportional to cross-sectional area.) The currents in the
individual pieces of the laminated core are so small that the sum of the individual
currents is much less than the total of eddy currents in the solid iron core.
Eddy currents in dc generator armature cores.
Q-26: What is a Hysteresis Loss?
Ans: Hysteresis loss is a heat loss caused by the magnetic properties of the
armature. When an armature core is in a magnetic field, the magnetic particles of
the core tend to line up with the magnetic field. When the armature core is
rotating, its magnetic field keeps changing direction.
The continuous movement of the magnetic particles, as they try to align
themselves with the magnetic field, produces molecular friction. This, in turn,
produces heat. This heat is transmitted to the armature windings. The heat causes
armature resistances to increase. This results in losses.
Q-27: How Hysteresis Loss can be minimized?
Ans: To compensate for hysteresis losses, heat-treated silicon steel laminations
are used in most dc generator armatures. After the steel has been formed to the
proper shape, the laminations are heated and allowed to cool. This annealing
process reduces the hysteresis loss to a low value.
Q-28: What is a Field Excitation?
Ans: When a dc voltage is applied to the field windings of a dc generator,
current flows through the windings and sets up a steady magnetic field. This is
called FIELD EXCITATION.
Q-29: What is a separately excited d.c.generator?
Ans: This excitation voltage can be supplied by an outside source, such as a
battery. Hence it is called as separately exited.
Q-30: What are the three types of self excited dc generators?
Ans: Self-excited generators are classed according to the type of field
connection they use. There are three general types of field connections
a) SERIES-WOUND
b) SHUNT-WOUND (parallel), and
c) COMPOUND-WOUND.
COMPOUND-WOUND Generators are further classified as cumulative-
compound and differential-compound.
Q-31: What is a D.C.MOTOR?
Ans: A d.c.motor is a machine which converts electrical energy to mechanical energy.
Q-32: What is the Principle of Operation of d.c.motor?
Ans: The operation of a dc motor is based on the following principle:
A current-carrying conductor placed in a magnetic field, perpendicular to the lines
of flux, tends to move in a direction perpendicular to the magnetic lines of flux.
Q-33: State the right-hand rule for motors.
Ans: There is a definite relationship between the direction of the magnetic field,
the direction of current in the conductor, and the direction in which the conductor
tends to move. This relationship is best explained by using the RIGHT-HAND
RULE FOR MOTORS .
To find the direction of motion of a conductor, extend the thumb,
forefinger, and middle finger of your right hand so they are at right angles to each
other. If the forefinger is pointed in the direction of magnetic flux (north to south)
and the middle finger is pointed in the direction of current flow in the conductor,
the thumb will point in the direction the conductor will move.
Stated very simply, a dc motor rotates as a result of two magnetic fields
interacting with each other.
Q-34: What are the differences between the components of a dc generator and a dc
motor?
Ans: A dc motor consists of the same components as a dc generator. In fact,
most dc generators can be made to act as motors, and vice versa.
Q-35: What factors determine the direction of rotation in a dc motor?
Ans: The direction of rotation of a dc motor depends on the direction of the
magnetic field and the direction of current flow in the armature. If either the
direction of the field or the direction of current flow through the armature is
reversed, the rotation of the motor will reverse.
Q-36: What is a Back EMF?
Ans: The emf or the voltage generated in the armature windings of a motor
which opposes the supply voltage always is called as Back emf or Counter emf.
Q-37: What causes counter emf in a dc motor?
Ans: While a dc motor is running, it acts somewhat like a dc generator. There is
a magnetic field from the field poles, and a loop of wire is turning and cutting this
magnetic field. As the loop sides cut the magnetic field, a voltage is induced in
them, the same as it was in the loop sides of the dc generator. This induced
voltage causes current to flow in the loop. This voltage developed in the opposite
direction as that of supply voltage is called as back emf.
Q-38: What is the load on a dc motor?
Ans: Motors are used to turn mechanical devices, such as water pumps,
grinding wheels, fan blades, and circular saws. For example, when a motor is
turning a water pump, the water pump is the load. The water pump is the
mechanical device that the motor must move. This is the definition of a motor
Q-39: What is the main advantage of a series motor?
Ans: In a series dc motor, the field is connected in series with the armature. The
field is wound with a few turns of large wire, because it must carry full armature
current.
This type of motor develops a very large amount of turning force, called
torque, from a standstill. Because of this characteristic, the series dc motor can be
used to operate small electric appliances, portable electric tools, cranes, winches,
hoists, and the like.
Q-40: What is the main advantage of a series motor?
Ans: The speed of d.c.series motor varies widely between no-load and full-load.
Series motors cannot be used where a relatively constant speed is required under
A major disadvantage of the series motor is related to the speed
characteristics. The speed of a series motor with no load connected to it increases
to the point where the motor may become damaged. Usually, either the bearings
are damaged or the windings fly out of the slots in the armature. There is a danger
to both equipment and personnel. Some load must ALWAYS be connected to a
series motor before you turn it on.
Q-41: What advantage does a shunt motor have over a series motor?
Ans: A shunt motor is connected in the same way as a shunt generator. The
field windings are connected in parallel (shunt) with the armature windings.
Once you adjust the speed of a dc shunt motor, the speed remains
relatively constant even under changing load conditions. One reason for this is
that the field flux remains constant.
A constant voltage across the field makes the field independent of
variations in the armature circuit. If the load on the motor is increased, the motor
tends to slow down. When this happens, the counter emf generated in the
armature decreases. This causes a corresponding decrease in the opposition to
battery current flow through the armature. Armature current increases, causing the
motor to speed up.
The conditions that established the original speed are reestablished, and
the original speed is maintained.
Conversely, if the motor load is decreased, the motor tends to increase
speed; counter emf increases, armature current decreases, and the speed
decreases.
In each case, all of this happens so rapidly that any actual change in speed is
slight. There is instantaneous tendency to change rather than a large fluctuation in
speed.
Q-42: What is a Starter & What is the necessity of a Starter?
Ans: A starter is a series resistance connected in series with the armature
conductors.
Because the dc resistance of most motor armatures is low (0.05 to 0.5
ohm), and because the counter emf does not exist until the armature begins to
turn, it is necessary to use an external starting resistance in series with the
armature of a dc motor to keep the initial armature current to a safe value.
As the armature begins to turn, counter emf increases; and, since the
counter emf opposes the applied voltage, the armature current is reduced. The
external resistance in series with the armature is decreased or eliminated
as the motor comes up to normal speed and full voltage is applied across the
armature.
Q-43: What is a Transformer & On what principle does it operates?
Ans: Transformer is a Static device which transfers electrical power from one
circuit to another circuit magnetically at a constant frequency.
In a two winding transformer it works on the principle of mutual induction but in
a single winding transformer it works on self induction.
Q-44: What are the primary parts of a transformer?
Ans: Transformer mainly consists of
a) Core
b) Windings
core

Windings
Windings are classified into,
a) Primary winding: The windings connected to the supply side of the transformer.
b) Secondary winding: The windings connected to the load side of the transformer
Q-45: How transformers are classified & What are they ?
Ans: Depending on the construction of the core transformer is classified into two types,
a) Core type
b) Shell type
I
m
V
p
E
p
E
s
= V
s

m
A) Core type B) Shell type

Q-46: What is Step-up & Step-down transformer?
Ans: Let, N
1
is the number of turns on the primary side.
And N
2
is the number of turns on the secondary side,
Then ,
if N
1
> N
2

if N
1
< N
2

if N
1
= N
2

## It is called one to one transformer.

Q-47: What is an Ideal transformer?
Ans: A transformer is said to be an ideal one in which
a) The resistance of windings are neglected.
b) There is no leakage flux &
c) There are no iron losses in the core.
Q-48: What is a transformer on load?
Ans:
I
m
+ I
p
V
p
E
p
E
s
V
s
I
s

m
Q-49:What is the efficiency of a transformer.
Ans: Efficiency of a transformer at a particular load and power factor is
defined as
Output
Input

The output and input are measured in the same unit, either Watt or
Kilowatt.
As the transformer is a static device, it has no mechanical losses. That is
why its efficiency is high. A better way of expressing its efficiency is
Output
where
Output Losses

+
losses = W
i
+ W
c
Input Losses
Input

## Q-50: What is Regulation of transformer?

Ans: When a transformer is loaded, its secondary terminal voltage
falls(for lagging power factor) provided the supplied voltage V
1
is held constant.
The variation in secondary terminal voltage from no-load to full load is called the
voltage regulation of the transformer.
i.e., regulation =
0 2 2
V - V
Where
0
V
2
= No load secondary terminal voltage
V
2
= Full load secondary terminal voltage.
therefore % Regulation =
0 2 2
0 2
V - V
100
V

Q-51: What is an Auto-Transformer?
Ans: This is also called as variac. It is the transformer with only one winding.
The secondary winding forms a part of the primary winding.
Q-1: Explain how a D.C.generators converts mechanical energy into electrical
energy. With suitable diagrams explain the principal parts of a
D.C.generator. -10 marks-
Ans: Principle of working :
The generator operates on the principle of the production of dynamically induced
EMF i.e. whenever flux is cut by the conductor, dynamically induced EMF is
produced in it according to the Faradays laws of electromagnetic induction,
which will cause a flow of current in the conductor if the circuit is closed.
For production of dynamically induced EMF, a magnetic field, a conductor and
motion of conductor with respect to field are necessary. In D.C. generators the
field is produced by the field magnets which are stationery. Permanent magnets
are used for large machines to create magnetic flux. The conductors are situated
on the periphery of the armature being rotated by the prime-mover.
Construction: Figure 6.7 shows various parts of D.C. machine.
It consists of mainly two parts:
(1) Field system and (2) Armature
1. Field system: It is a stationary part & its function is to produce the necessary
flux. It consists of the following parts: a) Yoke b) Pole core & pole shoe and c)
Field coils.
a) Yoke: It is a cast iron (for small machines) or cast steel (for large machines)
protective frame & houses all the parts of the generator. It is cylindrical in shape.
Its functions include (i) It provides mechanical support and (ii) It carries the
magnetic flux.
b) Pole core & pole Shoe: Pole core is made of cast steel 9wrought iron or steel
alloy) laminations. It is fixed to the yoke.
It is provided with the pole shoe for the following reasons:
i) To distribute the flux uniformly in the air gap.
ii) To reduce the reluctance path by a large cross sectional area.
iii) To support field coils.
c) Field coils or Exciting coils: Filed coils are insulated copper wire, wound round
the poles and carry D.C.
Function of poles & field coils : As field coils carry D.C. the poles become
magnetized and produce the necessary flux. This process is called as Excitation or
Energization.
2. Armature : It is a rotating part and its shaft is mechanically coupled with a
prime mover such as turbine or diesel engine etc. It consists of the following
parts.
I. Armature Core,
II. Armature conductors or winding,
III. Commutator,
IV. Brushes and
V. Bearings.
I. Armature Core: It is a cylindrical drum shaped body. It is made of high
permeability silicon steel laminations. The outer surface is provided with slots.
II. Armature Conductors or Windings: These are insulated copper conductors
placed in armature slots.
Function of armature core and armature conductors: As armature rotates in the
magnetic field, the armature conductors cut the magnetic flux and an EMF is
induced in it according to the Faradays Laws of EMI.
III. Commutator: It is of cylindrical structure and is made of wedge shaped
segments of hard drawn copper, insulated from each other by thin layers of mica.
Each wedge shaped segment is connected to the armature conductor by means of
a copper strip (riser).
Function of the Commutator: The nature of current is induced in the armature
conductor is alternating. The Commutator collects alternating current from the
armature conductors & converts into unidirectional current (i.e. direct current)
IV. Brushes: Brushes are made of carbon and are in the shape of rectangular
block. They are housed in brush holders. The function of the brushes is to collect
current from the commutators and supplies to external load circuit.
V. Bearings: For smooth rotation of armature, bearings are used. Usually ball
bearings are used. For heavy duty machines, roller bearings are used. Bearings
packed in lubricating oil for smoother operation and to reduce bearing wear.
Q-2: With usual notations obtain the expression for EMF generated in a
D.C.generator. -5 marks-
Ans: Let Z = Total number of armature conductors.
= Useful flux per pole in Weber.
N = Speed of the armature in revolutions per minute (r.p.m)
P = Number of poles
A = Number of parallel paths.
The flux cut by a conductor in one revolution = P=d.
The time taken by the conductor to make one revolution = 60/N Sec=dt.
Hence, the E.M.F induced in one conductor = d/dt =P/60/N=pn/60 volts.
The E.M.F induced per parallel path = E.M.F induced per conductor x number of
conductors per parallel path.
= pn/60 x Z/A
E = znp / 60A volts.
The above equation represents E.M.F Equation of a D.C. generator.
Q-3: What is back EMF? Explain its significance. -5 marks -
Ans: When the armature current(Ia) it rotates in a magnetic field, cuts the flux
and hence an emf is induced in it according to Faradays laws of electromagnetic
induction, whose direction is given by Flemings right hand rule.
It is in opposition to the supply voltage and hence termed as back e.m.f(Eb)
Back em f is given by
Eb=V-Ia Ra
Ia=V-Eb/Ra
From the equation
if the mechanical load on the motor is reduced, then the armature speed
increases, Eb increases and hence Ia decreases.
if the mechanical load is applied on the motor, then the armature speed decreases,
Eb decreases and hence Ia increases.
Q-4: Derive an expression for the torque developed in a D.C motor.
-6 marks-
Ans: Torque is the turning movement about an axis it is equal to the product of
the force and the radius at which it acts.
Consider the armature of the DC motor to have a radius r and let F be the force
acting tangential to its surface as shown in the fig(1).
The torque exerted by the force F on the armature is given by,
T
a
= F X r Nm
The work done by this force F, in one revolution is given by,
W = Force x distance covered in one revolution
=F x 2r Wsec
The power developed by he armature = Work done in one second
=F x 2r x number of revolutions per second
=F x 2rxN/60
=2N/60(Fxr)
=2NT
a
/60 watts
we know that, the electrical equivalent of the mechanical power developed by the
armature of the D.C motor is equal to EI.
2NT
a
/60=E
b
I
a
=ZNP/60A x I
a
= 1/2 X ZI
a
(P/A)Nm
=0.159ZI
a
(P/A) Nm
T
a
=0.0613ZI
a
(P/A)Kgm. This eqn. Represents torque eqn. of the D.C motor.
The above equation gives the gross torque developed by the armature,
which includes iron losses and mechanical losses of the motor . the actual
torque available at the shaft to do useful work , which is known as shaft
torque or useful torque T
SH
,IS LESS THAN T
a
by an amount of torque
which is equivalent to iron losses and mechanical losses in the dc motor .
Therefore T
sh
= T
a
T
L
Where T
sh
=

Shaft torque or useful torque.
T
a
=

Armature torque
T
L
= Torque lost due to iron losses and mechanical losses.
The useful torque or shaft is given by
2 NT
SH

Output of motor in watts = _____________
60
Output of motor in watts
Therefore T
sh
= ________________________ Nm
2 N / 60
The output of the motor is usually expressed in H.P.

T
sh
= output in H.P. 735.5 Nm
Q-5: What are the different types D.C. motor? -8 marks-
Ans: With respect to winding connection to the armature, d.c.motor is been classified
into 3 types. They are ,
1. Series motor
2. Shunt motor
3. compound motor
Compound motor can be further classified in to two
a) Cumulative compound
b) Differential compound
1. Series motor: fig(1) shows the series Field winding, which is connected in series with
the armature. it has many no turns of fine wires with high resistance.
2. Shunt motor: fig(2) shows the shunt Field winding, which is connected in parallel with
the armature. It has less no turns of fine wires with low resistance.
3.compound motor:FIG(3) shows, It is the combination of shunt and series windings.

Fig (1)
Fig(2)
Fig (3)
Q-6: Explain the speed / load characteristics of DC shunt and series motor.
-6 marks-
Ans: N/I
Characteristics of Shunt motor :
The equation for the back E.M.F. E
b
is given by,
A 60
ZNP
E
b

b
E
N
as the other quantities are constant.
For D.C. shunt motor, is constant
N E
b
V- I
a
R
a
When the load on the machine increases the speed will decreases. But the
drop of IaRa is very small compare to voltage and hence the decrease of speed as
the armature current increases is also small. The variation of speed with respect to
load as shown in fig .
N/I
Characteristics of Series motor :
We know that
( )
b a a se
E V I R R
N

+
From the equation, we find that as the load on the motor increases, there are two
factors which influence the speed of the motor.
(i) I
a
(R
a
+ R
se
) increases and hence the speed decreased.
(ii) The flux also increases due to which the speed decreases.
But it has been observed that the decrease of speed due to the first factor is
negligibly small as compared to the decrease in speed due to the second factor.
Hence for all practical purpose, we can say,
1
a
N but I

a
I
1
N
From the above characteristics we observe that, as the load increases, the
speed decreases over a wide range. Hence a D.C., series motor is considered as a
variable speed motor. At no load, Ia is very small and hence the speed will be
dangerously very high as per equation given by N 1 / Ia. Hence D.C. motor is
started without any load on it, the speed is very high and it may run out of the
foundation due to the centrifugal forces setup. Hence DC series motor never be
Q-7: Write the characteristics of d.c series motor & its application. -6
marks-
Ans: 1. Armature Torque v/s Armature Current (T
a
/ I
a
) or Electrical
Characteristics
For series motor, T
a

I
a
2
(because flux a
I
) Therefore as I
a
increases, T
a
increases as square of I
a
Hence the curve is a parabola, represented by od
After the situation
*
of poles, flux remains constant
a a
TI
Hence the curve is a straight line, represented by db,
(As T
sh
< T
a
; T
sh
is represented by a dotted line)
Observation: Hence a d.c series motor exerts huge starting torque.
As T
a

I
a
2
;series motor can be started with heavy mechanical load.
2. Speed v/s Armature current ( N/I
a
)
In general back e.m.f is given by
b
b
b
60
E 60A
N =
Zp
KE 60

E
N

b
NZ P
E
A
A
whereK
Zp

If change is E
b
is small and can be ignored
N

## and for series motor,

a
I
Therefore as I
a
increases increases and hence speed decreases or vice versa.
Observation:
1. A series motor should never be started without mechanical load. Because if
mechanical load is not applied, then I
a
is small, then is amall and hence speed
increase to a dangerous value.
2. Series motor is a variable speed motor.
3. Speed v/s Armature Torque (N / T
a
) or Mechanical Characteristics
It is noticed from the above characteristics, when speed is high, torque is small
and vice versa.
In short
1. High starting torque
2. Variable speed and
Applications
1. Traction work (i.e. Electrical trains)
2. Cranes and Hoists
3. Conveyors and
4. Rapid transit system.
Q-8: What are the characteristics of d.c shunt motor & its
applications.
-6 marks-
Ans:
1. Armature Torque v/s Armature urent (T
a
/ I
a
) or Electrical
characteristics.
For shunt motor, T
a

I
a
(because flux =approximately constant) Therefore as I
a
increases, T
a
increases proportionally, Hence the curve is a straight line.
(As T
sh
< T
a
; T
sh
is represented by a dotted line)
Observation:
As starting load requires heavy starting current, d.c shunt motor should never be
started on heavy loads, i.e. shunt motor exerts medium starting torque.
1. Speed v/s Armature current (N / I
a
)
In general back e.m.f. is given by
60
60
60
b
b
b
b
NZ P
E
A
E A
ZP
KE A
whereK
Zp
E
N

For shunt motor, flux

## remains approximately constant (as I

sh
is approximately
constant)
b
N = E
If change in E
b
is small and can be ignored, then speed should remain
approximately constant. But, in practice E
b
= V- I
a
R
a
Volt.
Therefore as I
a
increase, armature resistance drop (I
a
R
a
) increases and hence E
b
decreases. As E
b
decreases the speed decreases and hence the curve slightly
droops.
Observation:
Shunt motor is considered as constant speed motor.
2. Speed v/s Armature Torque (n / T
a
) or Mechanical characteristics
It is noticed from the above characteristics, as T
a
increases, speed slightly decreases.
In short
1. Medium starting torque
2. Approximately constant speed or slightly drooping speed and
Applications
1. Driving constant speed line shafting
2. Centrifugal and Reciprocating pumps
3. Lathes and
4. Fans and blowers.
Q-9: What is the necessity of Starter?
-5 marks-
Ans: Back e.m.f. is given by
E
b
= V I
a
R
a
I
a
= Terminal voltage, Volt
R
a
= Armature resistance,
b
a
a
V E
I
R

## When the motor is at rest, E

b
= 0
Hence if full voltage is applied across the armature, it draws I
a
because R
a
is very
small. This excessive armature current will blow out the fuses and dangerous to
the armature circuit.
With external or starting resistance R in armature circuit,
b
a
a
V E
I
R R

+
This starting resistance is gradually decreased. As the motor gains speed,
develops back e.m.f which then regulates I
a
.
Q-10: Explain the working of a three point starter with a neat diagram.
-10 marks-
Ans: For a D.C. motor we know that the armature current is given by
Ia = V-Eb / Ra
When motor is at rest Eb = 0
Ia = V/Ra.
The armature resistance Ra is very small and is usually of the order of
0.5 for a 5HP, 220V motor. If a voltage of 220V is applied to the motor, the
starting current that flows through the armature is given by,
Ia = 220/0.5 = 440A.
This is current is very large compared to the rated current of the motor which is
given by I
= 5 x 735.5 / 220 = 16.72 A.
The large current of 440 A that flows through the armature will blow out he fuses
or damage the commutator, brushes and the armature winding. Hence a starter is
necessary for a D.C. motor.
A starter for a D.C., motor is nothing but a resistance connected in series
with the armature during starting and which is gradually cut out, so that, the motor
picks up its rated speed. When the motor is running, back E.M.F is developed and
the armature current will be within the limits and the starting resistance is not
required.
A three point starter with its internal wiring is shown . A,B and C are the
three terminals of he starter, to which external connections are made. Rs is the
starting resistance, which is divided into various sections of equal resistances and
these sections are connected to brass studs 1,2,3n. The +ve line of the supply is
connected to the point A. the field winding is connected to point B, along with a
variable resistance R, ;which is used to control the speed of the motor. The +ve
terminals A of the armature is connected to point C.
To start the motor, the supply switch is closed and the starting brass arm L
is moved the right. As soon as the brass arm touches the stud number 1 of the
starting resistance Rs, it also touches the brass arc, thus giving supply to the shunt
field winding as well as to the armature. The motor starts rotating. The starting
arm is moved gradually on the remaining studs till the starting resistance is
completely cut out. The speed of the motor gradually increases and almost
reaches the rated speed. If the rated speed is not reached, then the resistance R
which is in series with the shunt field winding is slowly varied to bring the motor
to the rated speed. As long as the motor is running and the supply is on, the brass
arm L is held in the ON position by the electromagnet E, which keeps the soft
iron piece which is attached to the arm, attracted to it. When he motor is running
at its speed, the starting resistance is completely cut out of the armature circuit.
There are two protective devices in the starter. One is the electromagnet E,
which is also known as the HOLD ON COIL. When the power is failed and the
motor is running condition, the electromagnet E is de-energized and the spring S
attached to the other end of the brass arm, pulls it back to OFF position. When the
power supply is resumed again. The electromagnet E also prevents the motor
from reaching dangerously high-speed, when the field circuit is opened by
chance, when the motor is running.
The other protective device is the electromagnet M which is known as the
OVER LOAD RELEASE. As long as the motor is drawing rated current and less,
the arm D is not attracted by M. But when the current increases beyond the rated
value, M attracts D, thereby short circuiting the electromagnet E. The
electromagnet E gets de-energized and hence the arm L is pulled back to OFF
position.
Q-11: Write the construction and working principal of a
transformer.
10marks-
Ans: It consists of two separate coils or windings called primary and
secondary placed on the core. The core is made up of silicon steel laminations,
which are assembled to provide a continuous magnetic path with minimum air
gap. core is laminated to reduce the eddy current loss, each lamination is insulated
from each other large rating transformers are kept in a suitable container, which
serves two purposes-provides insulation between transformer and tank and
cooling purpose. bushing are used to bring out the terminals of windings from the
tank.
A single phase transformer work on the principal of mutual induction b/w two
magnetically coupled coils when the primary winding is connected to an
alternating voltage of rms value V1 volts ,an alternating current flows through the
primary winding and sets of an alternating flux links not only primary winding
but also the secondary windings. Therefore an emf E1is induced in the primary
winding & an emf E2 is induced in the secondary winding.
e1 & e2 are given by ,
1 1
d
e N
dt

2 2
d
e N
dt

and hence transformation ratio is given by,
1
2
E
E

1 2
2 1
N I
N I

=K
where k is the transformation ratio.
Q-12: Derive the EMF equation of a transformer.
-6 marks-

Ans: When an alternating voltage v
1
= V
m
sint of rms value
1 / 2 m V V
is applied to the primary winding of the transformer the alternating
current flowing through the primary winding produces an alternating flux which
links both primary & secondary winding ,hence an emf e1 is induced in the
primary winding e2 is induced in the secondary winding.
1 1
d
e N
dt

## as the primary induced emf & 2 2

d
e N
dt

as the secondary
induced emf.
Let sin m t be the flux which links both primary & secondary windings.

d(msint)
e1= -N1
dt
N1mcost

N1msin(t - 90)
= 2fN1msin(t - 90)
e1= Em1sin(t - 90)

Where E
m1
is the maximum value of emf is induced
1 2 1 Em fN m
The rms value emf induced is
( )
( )
2 1 1
1
2 2
1 4.44 1 1
, 2 4.44 2 2
fN m Em
Em
E f mN
lllly E f mN

Divide eq2 by eq1 gives,
2 2
1 1
2 4.44
1 4.44
E f mN N
K
E f mN N

## As the power transferred from primary to secondary is same

1 1 2 2 E I E I & hence,
2
1
2 1
1 2
E I N
K
E I N

where K is the transformation ratio.
Q-13: Give the constructional details of the core & shell type
transformer.-6 marks-
Ans: Depending upon the arrangement of the coil or winding on the limbs of
the transformer it is classified into
1.core type
2.shell type
1.core type : Core is rectangular and is stacked by L section lamination it has two
limbs and one window .core is surrounded by the winding ,primary and secondary
windings wound over two limbs.
It has one magnetic path and is used for high voltage ratings.because of its simple
construction maintaince is very easy since most of winding is visible so easy to
insulate and repair .

2.shell type : core is made of E and I form of stamping .core has three limbs and
two windows and hence winding are surrounded by the core. Both primary and
secondary winding wound over the same central limbs .
It has two magnetic paths and is used for low voltage ratings.as most of the
winding are enclosed by the core it is difficult to maintained.
Q-14: What are the different losses in a transformer? On what factor do
they depend? How are they minimized? -10
marks-
Ans: Transformer being a static machine does not contain any rotating part so there are
no mechanical losses ,there are only electrical losses associated with the device
namely
1. Iron loses or core losses.
2. Copper loses or
2
I R
loss.
` 1. Iron loss: it occurs in iron portion i.e., core of the transformer, this comprises
1. Eddy current loss
2. Hysterisis loss
Eddy current losses (We): this occurs due to the flow of eddy currents .the
empirical formula for this loss is

2 2 2
e W Bm f t vwatts
Where B
m
is the maximum value of flux density in core in Weber /m2.
f=frequency in Hz
v=volume of the core in m3
t= thickness of the lamination
=constant, depends on the materials used for making the core .
to keep the eddy current loss as small as possible ,the core has to be made of thin
laminations and they have to be insulated from one another by coating them with
varnish.
Hysteresis loss (Wh): this loss occurs because the core of the transformer is
subjected to cycles of magnetization. The expression for hysteresis loss is
W
h
= B
m
1.6
f v watts.
Where, =constant.

## Iron loss= eddy current loss+ hysterisis loss

= W
e
+ W
h
The iron loss depends on B
M
, frequency of the supply, thickness of laminations, &
volume of the core. As long as supply voltage is constant flux density B
M
&
frequency are constant.
Therefore the iron loss is considered to be constant loss at all
2. Copper Loss: This loss is due to the resistances R
1
& R
2
of the primary &
secondary windings respectively.
Total copper loss = copper loss in the primary + copper loss in the secondary.

2
2 2
1 2
1 2
2 2 1
1
1 1 2
2
2 2
1
1 2
2 2
1
01 2 02
I R I R
R I
I R I [ K]
K I
R
= I [R ]
K
I R ORI R
+
+
+

Q
Where,
R
01
= equivalent resistance referred to primary =
2
1 2
R
R
K
+
R
02
= equivalent resistance referred to secondary =
2
1 2
R K R +
Since copper loss vary as the square of the currents I
1
& I
2

hence it is called variable loss .Total loss in a transformer is sum of constant &
variable loss.

Q-15: Explain why the core of a transformer is laminated? State why silicon
steel is selected for the core of the transformer. -4
marks-
Ans: The core of the transformer is made of silicon steel which has a
high relative permeability & low hysteresis coefficient which reduces the
hysteresis losses occurring in the transformer.
The core is laminated to reduce the eddy current losses. The core of the
transformer is either square or rectangular in shape . it has 2 parts , the vertical
portion on which coils are wound is called as the limb of the transformer. The top
& bottom horizontal portion is called as the yoke of the core.

Q-16: Define the efficiency of a transformer. - 4
marks-
Ans: Efficiency of a transformer at a particular load and power factor is
defined as
Output
Input

The output and input are measured in the same unit, either Watt or Kilowatt.
As the transformer is a static device, it has no mechanical losses. That is why its
efficiency is high. A better way of expressing its efficiency is
Output
where
Output Losses

+
losses = W
i
+ W
c
Input Losses
Input

Input Losses
Output
1
Losses
Input

Input = Output + Loses or Output = Input
Losses
Q-17: What is the condition for maximum efficiency?
-10 marks-
Ans: Let, the efficiency be given by
1 (1)
Losses
Input

where Losses = Iron loss + Copper Loss
Considering the primary side,
Let, V
1
= Primary voltage (or Supply voltage) Volt
I
1
= Input current, Ampere
Cos
1

Power factor and
R
01
= Equivalent resistance of transformer as referred to primary,
Iron loss = W
i
Watt
Copper loss = W
c
= I
i
2
R
01
Watt
Primary Input = V
1
I
1
cos
1

Watt
Substituting for losses and input in equation (1);
2
1 01
1 1 1
2
1 01
1 1 1 1 1 1
1 01
1 1 1 1 1
(
1
cos
1
cos cos
1
cos cos
i
i
i
I R W
V I
I R W
V I V I
I R W
V V I

1 +

1

]

Differentiate equation (2) both sides with respect to I
1
1 01
1 1 1 1 1 1
01
2
1 1 1 1 1
1
cos cos
0
cos cos
i
i
I R W d d
d dI V V I
R W d
or
d V V I

1

1

]
+

For max efficiency,
0
d
d

I.e.,
01
2
1 1 1 1 1
01
2
1 1 1 1 1
2
1 01
2
2 01
0
, .,
i
i
i
i
R W
VCOS V I COS
W R
V I COS VCOS
W I R
i e W I R
+

Or Iron loss = Copper loss.
Hence this is the condition for maximum efficiency.
Output current corresponding to maximum efficiency is
2
02
i
W
I
R

## Output KVA for maximum efficiency is,

ironloss
Q-18: What is Voltage Regulation of a transformer?
-3 marks-
Ans: When a transformer is loaded, its secondary terminal voltage falls
(for lagging power factor) provided the supplied voltage V
1
is held constant.
The variation in secondary terminal voltage from no-load to full load is called the
voltage regulation of the transformer.
i.e., regulation =
0 2 2
V - V
Where
0
V
2
= No load secondary terminal voltage
V
2
= Full load secondary terminal voltage.
therefore % Regulation =
0 2 2
0 2
V - V
100
V

Q-29: Find the number of turns required on the HT side of 415 / 240 Volt,
50 Hz 1 phase transformer. If the cross- sectional area of the core is 25 cm
2
and maximum flux density is 1.3 Weber / m
2
.
6
marks-
Ans: Voltage:415 /230 V f = 50 Hz
Primary/Secondary A = 25 cm
2
= 25 x 10
-4
m
2
High Tension (HT)/Low Tension (LT)
B = 1.3 Weber / m
2
E.M.F. equation for primary or HT side is given by
E
1
= 4.44 f B
m
A N
1
N
1

1
m
4
1
E
4.44fB A
415
575.19
4.44 50 1.3 (25 10 )
N = 575

Note: In this problem, V
1
= E
1
= 415 V, because the transformer is on no load
Q-30: A 125 kVA transformer has primary voltage of 2000 V at 60 Hz.
Primary turns are 182 and secondary turns are 40. Calculate neglecting
losses; (1) No load secondary e.m.f; (2) Full load primary and secondary
current; (3) Flux in core.
- 6 marks-
Ans: Rating = 125 kVA
V
1
= 2000 Volt
f = 60 Hz
N
1
= 182
N
2
= 40
Turns ratio K =
2
1
2
1
2 1
N 40
=
N 182
E
AlsoK =
E
40
2000
182
= 439.56volt
E KE
(2) To find I
1
or I
2
I
1
=
1
kVA1000
V
1251000
=
2000
= 62.5A
Given that losses can be neglected; i.e. the given transformer is an ideal
transformer.
Then,
2
1
1
2
I I
=
K I
I
I =
K
62.5
=
40
182
= 284.37 A
(3) To find flux in the core ( m

)
e.m.f equation for primary is given by
1 m 1
1
m
1
m
E = 4.44f N Volt
E
=
4.44fN
2000
=
4.4460182
= 0.0412Wb = 41.2mWb
Q-31: In a 25 kVA, 2000 / 200 V transformer, the iron and full load copper
losses are 350 W and 400 W respectively. Calculate the efficiency at UPF at
full load & half full load. (Find also copper loss for maximum efficiency).
10 marks-

Ans: Rating = 25 kVA
Voltage: 2000 / 200
Iron loss = W
i
= 350 Watt
Copper loss = W
c
= 400 Watt
Efficiency of a transformer is given by
Output
=100
Input
To calculate efficiency at UPF and full load
Output at UPF and full load = (kVA x 1000)x Cos =(25 x 1000) x 1 =
=25000W
Input = Output + Losses
Where Losses = Iron loss + Copper loss = 350 + 400 = 750W

25000
=100
25750
= 97%

## To Calculate efficiency at UPF and half full load

Output at UPF and half full load =
kVA1000 251000
cos =1=12500W
2 2
_ _

, ,
and Input = Output + Losses
where Losses = Iron loss + Copper loss
Iron loss = 350 W (This remains constant)

Copper loss at half full load =
2 2
1 1
F.Lloss = 400 =100W
2 2
Losses = 350 +100 = 450W
Input =12500 + 450 =12950W
12500
=100
12950
= 96.52%
_ _

, ,

## Condition for maximum efficiency is Copper loss = Iron loss

i.e. Copper loss = 350 W
Q-32: A 600 kVA single phase transformer has an efficiency of 92% both
at full load and half load at UPF. Determine its efficiency at 75% of full
load at 0.9 power factor lag. -10
marks-
Ans: Rating: 600 kVA
FL

UPF
Efficiency at half full load =
h
= 92%
At first, Iron loss and Copper loss are to be determined:
FL
Output
=
Input
Output at full load & UPF = kVA x Cos = 600x 1 = 600 kW
Input =
FL
Output 600
= = 652.173kW
0.92

## Losses = Input Output = 652.173 600 = 52.173 kW

Let, X = Iron loss and Y = FL Copper loss
X+ Y = Losses
i.e X + Y = 52.173 kW
Output
=
Input
Output at half full load & UPF =
h
600
= 300kW
2
Output 300
Input = = = 326.086kW
0.92
Losses = Input - Output = 326.086- 300 = 26.086kW
Let X = Iron loss and
Copper loss at half full load =
2
2
1
F.LCoopperloss
2
1
= Y = 0.25Y
2
X+0.25Y = Losses
_

,
_

,

## i.e. X + 0.25 Y = 28.086 kW .(2)

Solving equations (1) & (2)
X + Y = 52.173
X = 0.25Y = 26.086
(Substracting
0.75Y = 26.087
eqn (2) from (1))
Or Y = 34.78
i.e. Copper loss = 34.78 kW
Substituting for Y in equation (1)
X + 34.8 = 52.173
Or X = 17.39
i.e Iron loss = 17.39 kW
To find efficiency at 75% full load and p.f = 0.9
Output = (0.75) kVA x p.f = (0.75) 600 x 0.9 = 405 kW
Copper loss = (0.75)
2
x 34.78 = 19.56 kW
Iron loss = 17.39 kW
Input = Output + Losses = 405 + 19.56 + 17.39 = 441.95 kW
Input 405
= = = 91.63%
Output 441.95

Q-33: A 50 kVA transformer has an efficiency of 98% at full load 0.8 p.f.
and 97% at full load 0.8 p.f. Determine the full load Copper loss and
Iron loss. Find the load at which maximum efficiency occurs and also
maximum efficiency.
10 marks-
Ans: Range: 50 kVA
FL
h
FL efficiency = 98%
Efficiencyat1/2full - load = = 97%

p.f = 0.8
At first, Iron loss and Copper loss are to be determined:
FL
Output
=
Input
Output at full load & 0.8 = kVA x Cos = 50 x 0.8 = 40 kW
FL
Output 40
Input = = = 40.816kW
0.98
Losses = Input Output = 40.816 40 = 0.816 kW
Let, X = Iron loss and Y = FL Copper loss

X + Y = Losses
i.e. X + Y = 0.816 kW
Output
=
Input
Output at half full load & 0.8 =
40
= 20kW
2
Input =
k
Output 20
= = 20.61kW
0.97

## Losses = Input Output = 20.61 20 = 0.61 kW

Let, X = Iron loss
and Copper loss at half full load =
2 2
1 1
F.LCopperLoss = Y = 0.25Y
2 2
_ _

, ,

X + 0.25 Y = Losses
i.e X + 0.25 Y = 0.61 kW .(2)
Solving equation (1) & (2)
X + Y = 0.8.816
X+0.25Y = 0.61
(Substractingeqn(2)from(1)
0.75Y = 0.206
i.e Copper loss = 0.2746 kW = 274.66 W
Substituting for Y in equation (1),
X + 0.27466 = 0.816
Or X = 0.54133
i.e Iron loss = 0.5413 kW = 541.33 W
To find load at which maximum efficiency occurs
Load (i.e. output kVA) for maximum efficiency
Ironloss