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Bus Bar Temperature

01/31/2012 10:11 AM

We have 2X850KW Hydel unit. Temperature of unit x-mer & Gen breaker's cradle terminals which are connected with busbar is showing 90 degree C at 842KW in one Unit.

Current measured are R=1378A,Y-1406A B-1296A . 0.4KV bkrs are rated -2500A

Power cable size -800Sqmm . There is also installed a Capacitor Bank . which is 225Mf for each phase . Other unit is running normal without capacitor bank. What is the reason of such this high temperature?

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Re: Bus bar temperature

01/31/2012 10:26 AM

I suspect that the high temperature is caused by a high amount of power being dissipated by several components. Since the component producing the most amount of heat will likely be the component with the highest temperature, you might be able to safely determine where this unexpected heat is being generated with thermal imaging. You may find a bad terminal crimp somewhere or a cross-threaded bolt that is not connecting conductors properly. You might even find out that your design of using the minimum gauge wires and buss bars that this presumed 65° C temperature rise is normal.

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