## Reducing the voltage and starting current

The series-connected chokes (Figure 1) or resistors (Figure 2) **reduce the voltage at the motor** and hence also the **starting current**. The starting torque is reduced by around the square of the current.

### Starting via chokes

At rest the motor impedance is small. Most of the supply voltage drops across the series-connected chokes.

**strongly reduced**.

With increasing speed, the voltage across the motor increases because of the fall of the current consumption and the vectorial voltage distribution between the motor and the reactance connected in series.

Hence the motor torque also increases. After the motor start-up, the chokes are shorted by the **time-delayed main contactor K1M** and the **starting contactor K2M** is dropped out.

### Starting via resistors

The basic circuit diagram is the basically the same as described above, with only difference that the chokes are replaced by **lower-cost resistors**.

With this method, **the starting current can only be slightly reduced**, as the motor torque falls with the square of the voltage and the voltage across the motor, other than with starting via chokes, only increases slightly with increasing speed. It is more advantageous to reduce the series-resistance during starting in steps.

A simpler solution are enclosed electrolytic resistors with a negative temperature coefficient. Their ohmic resistance decreases automatically during starting because of heating by the starting current.

**Reference:** Low voltage switchgear and control gear application guide – A technical reference handbook for electrical engineers by NHP

dogan

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Nitesh Mishra

Thanks for the information. Can you please give me the working philosophy for starter panel? How do we calculate the value of resistors, contactors ? No of step required? Also can you put some light on field trimmer resistors and what impact does it make?