Motor Type Identification

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by howhurley, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. howhurley

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    Feb 1, 2009
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    Hi, folks!

    I have a question. I am developing an inverter board to run a little 5000 BTU air conditioning compressor. (out of a window A/C unit) My only problem is since it is all encapsulated, I don't know what type of motor it is. It has a cap, and that's about all I know. Would it be safe to expect that it would be a split type? I don't think it would be a variable reluctance or any switched type because I don't hear any switches or anything like that. Plus the torque req is too high. Any tests I can do to verify?

    In addition, I am trying to develop an ac drive for this motor, and was thinking of doing a multiple level modified sine. That would be better than pwm, right? Anyway I seem to know enough to get into trouble. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. Audioguru

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    What is wrong with your electricity for you to use an inverter?
    A battery must be huge to power an air conditioner for long.
    Why not fix the intermittent electricity instead?
     
  3. beenthere

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    The compressor motor is an AC capacitor run type. You can't use PWM with AC motors.
     
  4. howhurley

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    It is a mobile application, and batteries are involved. It's one of those situations where to save money and time, I dived into something that is taking MORE money and time. But it is an approx 4.5 A @ 117 vac air conditioner, but I am only using the compressor and coils, not the fan or other stuff.

    Thanks for your response.
     
  5. howhurley

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    So you think it's a PSC type? Is there a way I can ohm it out and verify it?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  6. beenthere

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    If there is an ID plate on the compressor, then you should be able to search on the manufacturer and get good information.
     
  7. howhurley

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    I just found it. It was hidden before, and of course you're correct.

    Thanks.
     
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