Power factor of a distribution network

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Cerkit, May 5, 2016.

  1. Cerkit

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    Jan 4, 2009
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    Hi,

    If an electrical distribution network is primarily inductive in nature due to the inductance of transformers, cables etc

    If we are to connect a generator to the network why would we want the generator to be operating at a lagging power factor?
     
  2. profbuxton

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    Feb 21, 2014
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    Power factor is usually maintained at a lagging power factor (0.85-0.95) for the system as a whole since a power factor of unit means that the inductive reactance and capacitive reactance are equal( at resonance) and could cause excessive voltage on the system which could damage equipment.
     
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