calculating total amps and watts used by 3 phase system

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by cabo, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. cabo

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Need a little help with calculations: I've taken voltage, amperage, watt & PF measurements for each phase of a 440V 3 phase/ 4wire panel with an Extech power quality clamp meter. The measurements were made by measuring each line to neutral (not between the phases). Now that I have all the individual line readings, I want to calculate the total amount of watts and amperage being used on this panel by all 3 phases.
    My measurements were:
    L1: 260V, 60A, 12.20KW, PF-76
    L3: 268V, 56A, 11.10KW, PF-74
    L3: 263V, 52A, 10.80KW, PF-79

    How can I calculate the total amount of amps & watts being used on this 3 phase panel?
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2011
  2. Heavydoody

    Active Member

    Jul 31, 2009
    I assume by "used" you mean real power (as opposed to reactive). See if this helps:

    Apparent Power (S)=|V_{rms}|\times|I_{rms}|<br />
Power Factor(pf)=\cos(\theta_v-\theta_i)<br />
Real Power(P)=S\cos(\theta_v-\theta_i)<br />
P_T=P_1+P_2+P_3<br />

    Also, note that your power factors are decimals (-.76) and the negative indicates a capacitive load. Hope this helps.