Unbalanced Phase Current

Unbalanced Phase Current:

The Unbalanced Phase Current in a 3-phase system can be expressed in terms of symmetrical components as under :

Unbalanced Phase Current

Unbalanced Phase Current

Fig. 18.6 shows the vector representation of symmetrical components. It is usually profitable in calculations to express the symmetrical components in terms of Unbalanced Phase Current. Let us express the symmetrical components of R-phase in terms of phase currents IR,IY and IB. For this purpose, express all symmetrical components of Y and B phases in terms of the symmetrical components of R-phase by means of operator ‘a’ as shown in Fig. 18.6.

Note that the positive sequence set shown in Fig. 18.6 (i) can be expressed in terms of IR1 by means of operator a. Thus positive sequence current IB1 in phase B leads IR1 by 120° and, therefore, IB1 = a IR1 Similarly, positive sequence current in phase Y is 240° ahead of IR1 so that IY1 = a2 IR1.

In an exactly similar manner, the negative sequence set can be expressed in terms of IR2 by means of operator ‘a’ as shown in Fig. 18.6(ii). It is clear from Fig. 18.6 that :

Unbalanced Phase Current

1. Zero Sequence Current: By adding exps. (i), (ii) and (iii), we get,

Unbalanced Phase Current

As the red phase is always taken as the reference phase, therefore, subscript R is usually omitted.

Unbalanced Phase Current

2. Positive Sequence Current: Multiply exp.(ii) by ‘a’ and exp. (iii) by ‘a2, and then adding these exps. to exp. (i), we get,

Unbalanced Phase Current

Omitting the subscript R, we have,

Unbalanced Phase Current

3. Negative Sequence Current: Multiply exp. (ii) by ‘a2‘ and exp. (iii) by ‘a’ and then adding these exps. to (i), we get,

Unbalanced Phase Current

The following points may be noted carefully :

  • The currents I1,I2 and I0 are the symmetrical components of R-phase. Because of the symmetry of each set, the symmetrical components of yellow and blue phases can be easily known.
  • Although the treatment has been made considering currents, the method applies equally to voltages. Thus the symmetrical voltage components of R-phase in terms of phase voltages shall be :

Unbalanced Phase Current

Some Facts about Sequence Currents:

It is now desirable to get the readers acquainted with the following facts about positive, negative and zero phase sequence currents :

  • A balanced 3-phase system consists of positive sequence components only; the negative and zero sequence components being zero.
  • The presence of negative or zero sequence currents in a 3-phase system introduces unsymmetry and is indicative of an abnormal condition of the circuit in which these components are
  • The vector sum of the positive and negative sequence currents of an Unbalanced Phase Current 3-phase system is zero. The resultant solely consists of three zero sequence currents e. Vector sum of all sequence currents in 3-phase unbalanced system

Unbalanced Phase Current

  • In a 3-phase, 4 wire unbalanced system, the magnitude of zero sequence components is one-third of the current in the neutral wire i.e.

Unbalanced Phase Current

In the absence of path through the neutral of a 3-phase system, the neutral current is zero and the line currents contain no zero -sequence components. A delta-connected load provides no path to the neutral and the line currents flowing to delta-connected load can contain no zero-sequence components.

  • In a 3-phase Unbalanced Phase Current system, the magnitude of negative sequence components cannot exceed that of the positive sequence components. If the negative sequence components were the greater, the phase sequence of the resultant system would be reversed,
  • The current of a single phase load drawn from a 3-phase system comprises equal positive, negative and zero sequence components.

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