EE221L — Circuits II Lab Exercise #6 Balanced 3φ Power Measurements
I. Objectives
The objectives of this exercise are to:
1. To become familiar with:
a) Threephase (3φ) 4wire and 3wire systems, for both wye (Y) and ∆−SOURCES, connected to a combination of a Y / ∆−LOAD. Gain insight to the inherent 30 ^{o} phase shifts between line and phase quantities.
b) The twowattmeter method for 3φ power measurements of balanced loads.
c) The significance of pf = 0.5 (lead or lag) when using the two wattmeter method.
d) HighVoltage differential probes and current probes.
2. Conduct 3φ measurements on two distinctly different balanced systems
a) 4Wire 208 Vac YSOURCE (grounded neutral system), connected to a Y−reactive (inductive) load (inductors are in the line between source and resistive load) in parallel with a ∆−resistive load.
(1) Predict and measure Line and LinetoNeutral Voltages, both magnitude and phase (2) Predict and measure Line currents, both magnitude and phase (3) Measure total power, using the TwoWatt Meter Approach
b) 3Wire 240 Vac ∆SOURCE (floating supply system), connected to a Y−reactive (capacitive) load in parallel with a ∆−resistive load.
(1) Determine an appropriate location for placing a ground into the system (2) Predict and measure Line Voltages and LinetoNeutral Voltages, both magnitude and phase (3) Predict and measure Line currents, both magnitude and phase (4) Measure total power, using the TwoWatt Meter Approach
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II.Introduction
A. Discussion on each of the 3phase sources
The threephase circuit studied in this lab is represented in Fig. 1. While the load can be either Y or ∆connected, through Y∆ transformation, the load has an equivalent Y representation. The source will either by Y (208 Vac) or ∆ (240 Vac). For this figure, the source is Y connected.
A
+ 
V
=
V
30
AB
L
−
+ Z where θ 
=
Z
θ
YEQ
YEQ
Z


V
= V
0
AN
LN
 
Z Z = −θ 

Z YEQ 
= 
−
θ



YEQ 

3phase 

Load 

C 
B 
S
=
P
+
jQ
3
φ
3
φ
3
φ
SS
=
θ
= S
−
θ
3
φ
3
φ
Z
3
φ
S
=
3
V
I
=
3
VI
3
φ
LN
L
L
L


where
3


V L 
= 
V 
LN 
Figure 1: 3phase circuit.
1. 4Wire 208 Vac YSOURCE
The 208 source does not come directly from the utility room (where the ALBs reside), but rather from the service entrance to the building. The 208 outlet at the station wall is always “hot”, assuming no breakers have been tripped. When this 208 source is connected to the back panel, and through the metered 3φ breaker on the bench front panel, the neutral is connected to the ground of the bench.
2. 3Wire 240 Vac ∆SOURCE
The 240 source comes directly from the utility room at the output of a 75 kVA 3φ Y ∆ , 480to240 Vrms transformer. Sometimes, the secondary winding of one of the phases has the center of the winding tapped, giving the user a fourth wire, which can be connected to ground. This is not the case for our transformer. Hence, there are only three wires, each being one phase of the output of the transformer. The 240 outlet at the station wall only becomes “hot”, when a contactor is closed within the
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power processing system (PPS) – the big grey cabinet where the ALBs are connected to a bench via the touch screen interface. The mechanical switches to activate these contactors are located on the side of the PPS cabinet.
When this 240 source is connected to the back panel of the bench, and through the metered 3φ breaker on the bench front panel, the user could safely connect any one of the three phases to the bench ground (only one at a time!), if so desired, but not necessary. This is because the output of the 3φ Y∆ transformer is considered to be “floating” with respect to ground.
B. 3Phase Power Theory:
Based on Fig. 1 and lecture notes, it is shown that
a)
b)
c)
C. TwoWatt Meter Method
I
L
.
)
_{,}
(1)
The following equations hold when measuring power delivered to a balanced or unbalanced 3wire 3φ load, or a balanced 4wire 3φ load.
1. Consider the diagram of Fig. 1, where the equivalent Yload is attached to the equivalent Ysource. If the load is purely real, _{θ} _{=} _{0} ^{} , and line current will be in phase with the linetoneutral voltage.
2. It is possible to use two Watt meters to measure the total power delivered to the load.
Let Watt Meter 1, (W _{1} ) have its positive voltage lead connected to Line A and the minus lead be connected to Line C (when using the Fluke 41, any of the lines can be used as a common terminal, here we let C be the common ). Following passive sign convention, the current probe should be connected to Line A with its arrow pointing towards the load.
Let Watt Meter 2, (W _{2} ) have its positive voltage lead connected to Line B and the minus lead be connected to Line C. The current probe should be connected to Line B with its arrow pointing towards the load.
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Figure 2: TwoWatt Meter method for measuring power in a 3phase circuit.
With the meters connected as such, assuming that
VVV=
AC
BC
=
L
,
W
1
W
2
= VI
L
L
= VI
L
L
cos(30
cos(30
and that the total power to the 3φ load is
PWW=
312
φ
+
The proof for this follows below.
+θ

) 
(2) 

) 
(3) 
(4) 
−θ
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3. It is not difficult to see that if θ lags by as much as 60 degrees (inductive load),
W
2
approaches 0 and
. If θ leads by as much as 60 degrees
(capacitive load),
increases beyond 60 degrees (lag or lead), one wattmeter will become negative and the other will remain positive – and this is perfectly ok , i.e., don’t be in a hurry to switch the current probe around just to obtain a positive power reading – in the end, the power readings from each meter are added together to obtain the total power delivered to the load.
W
1
approaches 0 and
W
2
approaches
L
.
If the pf angle
The important observation to realize is that when real power is held constant and the
reactive load is uniformly increased or decreased,
constant and the true value for the total power delivered to the load is obtained.
W 1
+ W
2
will always remain
4. The only time the Watt meters are equal in magnitude is when θ is 0 degrees, i.e.,
pf=1 (pure resistive). Hence, when pf = 1,
P
_{φ}
3
=
W2WW +=
12
1
.
5. When θ is + or  90 degrees, i.e., pf = 0 (pure reactive),
W
1
=  W
2
, and
P
_{φ}
3
^{=}
W0W +=
12
. This is expected, since the load is purely reactive. This begs the
question then … “Is there a simple equation that gives you Q when given
measurements?” The answer is yes (in the ideal situation – perfect measurements) and the equation is given by:
W
1
and W
2
Q =
(
3 WW
1
2
)
(5)
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D.
Phase Shift Measurement Methods:
When using the oscilloscope, there are two methods for obtaining phase shift information.
a) METHOD 1 : Use cursors to measure the time shift between these two
voltages, and convert this to an equivalent phase shift. For example, let
be the time at which the first zero crossing of
at which the first zero crossing of
t AN
V
AN
occurs. Let
t
be the time
AB
V AB
occurs. The phase shift is calculated as
φ
=
=
=
t
AN
−
t
AB
T
*360
(
ft *
60*
(
AN
t
AN
−
t
−
AB
)
t
AB
*360
)
*360
(6)
b) METHOD 2 : Now use the oscilloscope MEASUREMENT features to measure phase shift and rms values.
E. Extra Credit
1. Show (Prove) that
Q =
(
3 WW
1
2
)
by first showing that
cos(30
3 cos(θθθ) =
++)
cos(30
−
)
You may use the following standard formulas for balanced 3φ power calculations as well as the identities given below:
a) S
b)
c) trigonometric identities,
=
3VI _{L}
_{L}
QS=
θ
sin(
z
)
= S
sin(
−θθ=−S
)
sin(
)
(1) cos(α+β) = cos(α)cos(β)  sin(α)sin(β) (2) _{c}_{o}_{s}_{(}_{α}_{−}_{β}_{)} = cos(α)cos(β) + sin(α)sin(β).
2. Show that when PF equals 0.5, Q results in: _{Q} _{=}
_{3}_{P} .
(hint: recall that PF =
^{P} _{S} =
cos(
−=θ )
cos(
θ
)
, and that QS=
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sin(−θ ) =−S sin(θ ) ).
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III.
Laboratory Exercise
When making voltage and current measurements, with the purpose to obtain an understanding of inherent phase shift between line and phase quantities, you will use the oscilloscope, highvoltage differential probes, and current probes. When making power measurements, you will use two Fluke 41 Power Analyzers.
A. Station 1 and 2:
3Wire, 3φ, Yconnected 208 Vac source
1. Use a sequence meter to determine if the supply is positive sequence (ABC) or negative sequence (ACB). Before doing this, the user will define which line is A, which is B, and which is C. Then the corresponding leads from the sequence meter
will be attached to these respective lines.
if indeed you have the correctly identified A, B, and C lines. Try switching the leads from the meter between two phases – what did you notice? Turn the power off.
Turn the power on. The meter will indicate
2. Connect the ∆resistance (ALB) at
R per phase
= 60 Ω (line to line).
DRAW A CIRCUIT DIAGRAM IN YOUR NOTEBOOK showing the Yconnected source and ∆connected load.
NOTE: since the load is ∆connected, the system is actually a 3wire system. If a load with a ground is introduced to the system, then the circuit becomes a 4wire system .
To determine the 3phase power level the ALB must be set to, apply this formula:
P
3 φ
=
3
(
V
L
)
2
R per phase
.
Once the total power level is determined, you should turn the power on and place the ALB in closedloop mode, and confirm your setting at the LabVIEW meters. Place the ALB in openloop mode, and turn the power off .
3. Use HighVoltage Differential Probes to show the theoretical phase shift between a
line voltage (i.e., linetoline) and the linetoneutral voltage.
Predict the phase and RMS value of V BC 
with respect to (WRT) 
V AB 
(i.e., trigger 



off channel connected to 
V AB 
)? 
a) Connect the differential probes to the power supply side for measuring
and
V AB
. Set probe values correspondingly.
V BC
Turn the power on and place the ALB in closedloop mode.
Implement both phase shift measurement methods.
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For METHOD 1, use cursors to measure the amplitudes of each voltage, and convert these values to their RMS values. Save data and produce plots to be placed in your notebook. Compare each of these methods to your predicted values.
Place the ALB in openloop mode, and turn the power off .
b) Connect the current probe to phase A line between Ysource and ∆load, with arrow pointing towards the load (i.e., ALB). Set probe to values corresponding to expected current magnitudes.


Predict the RMS value of Line A current and its phase WRT 
V AB 
? 

(consider (2) … hmmm.) 
Display on the oscilloscope only
V AB
and
I
A
.
Using both phase shift measurement METHODS 1 and 2 to make the
appropriate measurements for
plots to be placed in your notebook. Place the ALB in openloop mode, and turn the power off .
I
A , with respect to
V AB
. Save data and produce
Predict the RMS value of Line A current and its phase WRT
V AN
?
Display on the oscilloscope only
V
AN
and
I
A
.
Using one of the METHODS 1 or 2, as described above, make the appropriate
measurements for
placed in your notebook.
I
A , with respect to
V AN
. Save data and produce plots to be
Place the ALB in openloop mode, and turn the power off .
4. 3Wire, 3φ ∆connected resistive (ALB) and seriesconnected (line) inductive reactive load –
DRAW A CIRCUIT DIAGRAM IN YOUR NOTEBOOK showing the Yconnected source, inline inductors, and ∆connected load.
a) With power off, place an inductor in each line between the input and the ALB. Set the reactances to 10 Ω.
By the method of converting the ∆connected resistance (ALB) of 60 Ω to an equivalent Yload, use the single phase equivalent circuit to compute the expected
line current (phase and magnitude WRT
V AN
for this configuration.
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Turn the power on and place the ALB in closedloop mode, such that the desired power is being drawn.
Using METHOD 2, confirm these values.
Place the ALB in openloop mode, and turn the power off .
b) 
For this load configuration, predict the total LOAD (which includes the 

inductors and ALB) VA, Watts and VARs the relationships in (1a, 1b, 1c). 

Referring to Fig. 2, use the Fluke 41 for conducting the twowatt meter approach to confirm this prediction. 

Estimate the value for W1 and W2, using (2) and (3). 

Turn the power on and place the ALB in closedloop mode and record W1 and 

W2. 

Compare results of 

a) W1 to estimated result (2) 

b) W2 to estimated result (3) 

c) (4) to predicted result (1.b) 

d) (5) to predicted result (1.c) 

The VAR computation (5) may have the most error compared to the error in (4). Provide a reasonable explanation as to why there might be more error with this calculation for VARs then for Watts? 

c) 
Adjust the decade reactance to successively larger or smaller values. At each increment/decrement, record W _{1} and W _{2} and note the direction each measurement is taking, i.e., is the value increasing or is it decreasing towards a negative value. Explain to your lab instructor what pattern develops and why. Do you expect that W1 or W2 to change sign? How should each measurement change as the reactance is adjusted? Explain to your instructor. 
5. 3Wire, 3φ ∆source (240 Vac), ∆connected resistive (ALB) and Yconnected capacitivereactive load.
DRAW A CIRCUIT DIAGRAM IN YOUR NOTEBOOK showing the ∆connected source, Yconnected capacitivereactive load, and ∆connected load.
a) With power off, place three capacitors in a Yconfiguration in parallel with the
ALB. Set the capacitive reactances to 83 Ω. 
By the method of converting 

the ∆connected load to an equivalent Yload, use the single phase equivalent 



circuit to compute the expected line current (phase and magnitude WRT 
V AN 
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for this configuration).
Turn the power on and place the ALB in closedloop mode.
Use METHOD 2 for phase measurements and confirm these values.
Place the ALB in openloop mode, and turn the power off .
Referring to Fig. 2, use the Fluke 41 for conducting the twowatt meter approach to confirm this prediction.
Estimate the value for W1 and W2, using (2) and (3).
Turn the power on and place the ALB in closedloop mode and record W1 and
W2.
Compare results of
a) W1 to estimated result (2)
b) W2 to estimated result (3)
c) (4) to predicted result (1.b)
d) (5) to predicted result (1.c)
b) The VAR computation (5) may have the most error compared to the error in (4). Explain.
c) Adjust the decade reactance box to successively larger or smaller values. At each increment/decrement, record W _{1} and W _{2} and note the direction each measurement is taking, i.e., is the value increasing or is it decreasing towards a negative value. Explain to your lab instructor what pattern develops and why. Do you expect that W1 or W2 to change sign? How should each measurement change as the reactance is adjusted? Explain to your instructor.
B. Station 3 and 4:
3Wire, 3φ, ∆connected 240 Vac source
1. Use a sequence meter to determine if the supply is positive sequence (ABC) or
negative sequence (ACB). Before doing this, the user will define which line is A, which is B, and which is C. Then the corresponding leads from the sequence meter will be
attached to these respective lines.
you have the correctly identified A, B, and C lines. Try switching the leads from the meter between two phases – what did you notice? Turn the power off.
Turn the power on. The meter will indicate if indeed
2. Connect the ∆resistance (ALB) at
R per phase
= 80 Ω (line to line).
DRAW A CIRCUIT DIAGRAM IN YOUR NOTEBOOK showing the ∆connected source and ∆connected load.
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To determine the 3phase power level the ALB must be set to, apply this formula:
P
3 φ
=
3
(
V
L
)
2
R per phase
.
Once the total power level is determined, you should turn the power on and place the ALB in closedloop mode, and confirm your setting at the LabVIEW meters. Place the ALB in openloop mode, and turn the power off .
3. Use HighVoltage Differential Probes to show the theoretical phase shift between a
line voltage (i.e., linetoline) and the linetoneutral voltage.
Predict the phase and RMS value of V BC 
with respect to (WRT) 
V AB 
(i.e., trigger 



off channel connected to 
V AB 
)? 
a) Connect the differential probes to the power supply side for measuring
and
V BC
. Set probe values correspondingly.
V AB
Turn the power on and place the ALB in closedloop mode.
Implement both phase shift measurement methods.
For METHOD 1, use cursors to measure the amplitudes of each voltage, and convert these values to their RMS values. Save data and produce plots to be placed in your notebook. Compare each of these methods to your predicted values.
Place the ALB in openloop mode, and turn the power off .
b) Connect the current probe to phase A line between Ysource and ∆load, with arrow pointing towards the load (i.e., ALB). Set probe to values corresponding to expected current magnitudes.


Predict the RMS value of Line A current and its phase WRT 
V AB 
? (consider 

(2) … hmmm.) 
Display on the oscilloscope only
V
AB
and
I
A
.
Using both phase shift measurement METHODS 1 and 2 to make the
appropriate measurements for
plots to be placed in your notebook. Place the ALB in openloop mode, and turn the power off .
I
A , with respect to
V AB
. Save data and produce
Place the ALB in openloop mode, and turn the power off.
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4.
3Wire, 3φ ∆source (240 Vac), ∆connected resistive (ALB) and seriesconnected (line) inductivereactive load.
DRAW A CIRCUIT DIAGRAM IN YOUR NOTEBOOK showing the ∆connected source, inline inductors, and ∆connected load.
a)
With power off, place an inductor in each line between the input and the ALB. Set the reactances to 10 Ω.
By the method of converting the ∆connected resistance (ALB) of 80 Ω to an equivalent Yload, use the single phase equivalent circuit to compute the expected
line current (phase and magnitude WRT
V AB
for this configuration.
Turn the power on and place the ALB in closedloop mode, such that the desired power is being drawn.
Using METHOD 2, confirm these values.
Place the ALB in openloop mode, and turn the power off .
b)
For this load configuration, predict the total LOAD (which includes the
inductors and ALB) VA, Watts and VARs the relationships in (1a, 1b, 1c).
Referring to Fig. 2, use the Fluke 41 for conducting the twowatt meter approach to confirm this prediction.
Estimate the value for W1 and W2, using (2) and (3).
Turn the power on and place the ALB in closedloop mode and record W1 and
W2.
Compare results of
a) W1 to estimated result (2)
b) W2 to estimated result (3)
c) (4) to predicted result (1.b)
d) (5) to predicted result (1.c)
The VAR computation (5) may have the most error compared to the error in (4). Provide a reasonable explanation as to why there might be more error with this calculation for VARs then for Watts?
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c)
Adjust the decade reactance to successively larger or smaller values. At each increment/decrement, record W _{1} and W _{2} and note the direction each measurement is taking, i.e., is the value increasing or is it decreasing towards a negative value. Explain to your lab instructor what pattern develops and why. Do you expect that W1 or W2 to change sign? How should each measurement change as the reactance is adjusted? Explain to your instructor.
5. 4Wire, 3φ, Ysource (208 Vac), ∆connected resistive (ALB) and Yconnected capacitivereactive load.
DRAW A CIRCUIT DIAGRAM IN YOUR NOTEBOOK showing the Y connected source, inline inductors, and ∆connected load.
a) With power off, place three capacitors in a Yconfiguration in parallel with the ALB. Connect the neutral of the capacitive Yload to ground. Set the
capacitive reactances to 110 Ω. 
By the method of converting the ∆connected 

resistance (ALB) of 80 Ω to an equivalent Yload, use the single phase 

equivalent circuit to compute the expected line current (phase and magnitude 



WRT 
V AN 
for this configuration. 
Turn the power on and place the ALB in closedloop mode.
Using a current probe to see if the neutral current is relatively small compared to each capacitor current? If it is (which is to be expected since the ∆source is does not have a tap to ground), then proceed with all measurements WRT
V AN
If it is not, then turn power off, remove the neutral from ground, and make all
measurement WRT
V AB
.
Use METHOD 2 for phase measurements and confirm these values.
Place the ALB in openloop mode, and turn the power off .
Referring to Fig. 2, use the Fluke 41 for conducting the twowatt meter approach to confirm this prediction.
Estimate the value for W1 and W2, using (2) and (3).
Turn the power on and place the ALB in closedloop mode and record W1 and
W2.
Compare results of
a) W1 to estimated result (2)
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b) W2 to estimated result (3)
c) (4) to predicted result (1.b)
d) (5) to predicted result (1.c)
b) The VAR computation (5) may have the most error compared to the error in (4). Explain.
c) Adjust the decade reactance box to successively larger or smaller values. At each increment/decrement, record W _{1} and W _{2} and note the direction each measurement is taking, i.e., is the value increasing or is it decreasing towards a negative value. Explain to your lab instructor what pattern develops and why. Do you expect that W1 or W2 to change sign? How should each measurement change as the reactance is adjusted? Explain to your instructor.
IV. Post Analysis and Report
Present your data with tables including percent error calculations and phasor diagrams showing the 30 ^{o} and 120 ^{o} phase shifts throughout the system.
Also, be sure to answer questions that were asked throughout the procedure.
You may also want to work the extra credit.
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