Single Phase Induction Type Energy Meter Construction,Working Principle,Operation,Creeping,Torque EquationThe measurement of energy is the same process as measurement of power except that the instrument not merely indicates the power or rate of supply of energy but must take into account also the length of time for which the rate of energy is continued. There are basically three types of energy meters.
(a) Electrolytic meters
(b) Motor meters
(c) Clock meters.
Out of the above, motor meters are very widely used and among motor meters also induction type watt-hour meters are more commonly used and will be dealt with here. Single phase induction type energy meter working explained including constructional details.
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Single Phase Induction Type Energy Meter ConstructionThe construction of this meter is more or less similar to induction type watt-meter. The main alterations are the provision of only one pressure coil upon the central limb of the shunt magnet and only one copper shading band upon this limb. In addition there are two copper bands placed obliquely on the other two limbs of this magnet, their objective is to provide compensation against friction error in the energy meter (see figure).
Single Phase Induction Type Energy Meter WorkingThe control of speed is brought about by a permanent magnet called the brake magnet.The magnet is placed opposite to the electromagnet used for providing deflecting torque and it induces currents in the disc which produces retarding torque proportional to their magnitude which latter is proportional to the speed of the rotating system. This system attains a steady speed when the retarding torque exactly balances the driving torque produced by the power in the circuit. The braking torque produced by the brake magnet depends upon the strength of the magnet.
If φ is the flux of the brake magnet, i the current induced by the rotation of the moving system in the field of the brake magnet and TB is the braking torque, then
TB ∝ i.φ
If n is the speed of the rotating system (disc) and e the voltage induced in the disc of the meter.
e ∝ n.φ
Let r be the resistance to the path of eddy current i in the disc, hence i = e/r.
and TB ∝ φ.(e/r)
This braking torque equals the constant driving torque TD when a steady speed of the disc
is attained. Thus if N be the steady speed of the meter
T'B ∝ φ².(N/r)
and at balance T'B = TD ∝ φ².(N/r) or N ∝ (r/φ²).TD
Hence the steady speed attained by the meter for a constant driving torque TD is directly proportional to the resistance of the path of the induced eddy currents and inversely proportional to the square of the flux of the brake magnet. Therefore, it can be seen that it is very important for brake magnet to have constant magnetic strength throughout the use of the energy meter. It is to be noted that the spring control and pointer of the watt-meter have been replaced in the energy meter by a brake magnet which provides braking torque as explained above.
Operating or driving torque ∝ VI cosφ
where V is the supply voltage across the shunt coil and ! the load current through the series coil of the meter and φ the p.f. angle between V and I.
Now the braking torque has been shown to be proportional to the speed N of the disc i.e.
TB ∝ N
Since for a steady speed N, the driving torque TD is equal to TB, we have N ∝ VI cosφ or power is proportional to speed N.Thus the total no. of revolutions which equals ∫N.dt is proportional to ∫VI cosφ dt i.e. proportional to energy supplied.
The speed of the disc can be adjusted by suitably positioning the brake magnet with respect
to the spindle of the disc. If the brake magnet is moved towards the spindle the braking torque
decreases and if taken away from the spindle the braking torque increases.
An energy meter is rated in terms of the supply voltage, the full load current and number
of revolutions of the disc per kWhr (also known as constant of the energy meter). These are
marked on the dial of the energy meter.
What is creeping in energy meter?Creep:In some meters a slow but continuous rotation of the disc is obtained when the pressure coils are energized and there is no load current passing through the current coil i.e. current coil is not energized. This may be due to incorrect friction compensation to vibration, to stray magnetic field or to the fact that the supply voltage is in excess of the normal voltage.
To prevent such creeping of the meter two holes or slots are cut in the disc on opposite sides of the spindle. The disc tends to remain stationary when one of the holes comes under one of the poles of the shunt magnet. In some cases a small piece of iron wire is attached to the edge of the disc. The force of attraction of the brake magnet upon this iron wire is sufficient to prevent the creeping of the disc under no load condition.
Friction Compensation In Energy Meter:
The two shading bands embrace the flux contained in the two outer limbs of the shunt magnet and thus eddy currents are induced in them which cause a phase displacement between the enclosed flux and the main gap flux. As a result a small driving torque is exerted on the disc, this torque being adjusted by variation of the position of these bands to compensate for friction torque in the instrument.
The friction compensation can be checked whether it is correct or not by connecting light load under which condition it should run at the correct speed.
Energy Meter Phase Angle Error:
It is desired that the phase angle between the applied voltage to the pressure coil and the shunt magnet flux should be at 90° which is adjusted with the help of shading band on the shunt magnet. An error due to incorrect adjustment of the position of this shading band will be evident when the meter is tested on a load whose p.f. is less than unity. An error on the "fast" side under these conditions can he eliminated hy bringing the shading hand further drawn the limb of the shunt magnet i.e. nearer to the disc.
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