PCIC Conference – ANSI vs. IEC Short Calculations and Arc Flash Studies

The 65th Annual IEEE-PCIC Conference will be held this year in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 24-26.

This year I will have both my “IEEE hat” and “IEC hat” on and join a couple of colleagues in presenting a technical paper comparing the use of ANSI vs. IEC short circuit calculations as part of an arc flash study.  The official title is: “Comprehensive Overview and Comparison of ANSI vs. IEC Short Circuit Calculations: Using IEC Short Circuit Results in IEEE 1584 Arc Flash Calculations” Continue reading

Regenerative Drive Contributions to Upstream Fault

Is there any information on what a regenerative drive will allow a motor to contribute to an upstream fault? I know ANSI has some standards for motor contributions based on <50HP or >50HP for across the line starters. We have some DC motors with regen drives connected to a 480VAC system and I want to model the contributions of the motors on the upstream switchgear. A few of these motors are 500HP or bigger.

We used to use Easypower and I remember that had an option for selecting if your drive was Regen or Non-Regen, and that would affect the contributions. But the contributions of a regen drive was less than across-the-line for the same size motor.

We’ve since switched to etap, and their drive model doesn’t have a re-gen option. Not to mention they don’t have a real clean way to model a DC drive on an AC system.

I’m thinking there’s a way I can model the load and the short circuit calculations if there’s some sort of impedance multiplier for re-gen drives for the 1/2 cycle or 5 cycle short circuit. READ MORE.