How the efficiency of induction motor is measured?
S. Corino E. Romero L.F. Mantilla
Department of Electrical Engineering and Energy
E.T.S.I.I. y T. Universidad de Cantabria
Avda de Los Castros, 39005 Santander (Spain)
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The efficiency is of paramount importance nowadays due
to increasing electrical energy demand, increasing awareness of environmental problems as greenhouse effects and increasing
fossil fuel prices.
This paper tries to show the different results between the
standards for efficiency evaluation and the necessity of
harmonization worldwide. Then, it is going to be explained the different standards for measurement of efficiency, and the main differences between the standards (IEEE 112, IEC 60034-2 and JEC-37).
To complete this study, it is going to be described the steps in order to estimate efficiency on the jobsite and expressed the different efficiency labels motors.
Keywords: energy efficiency, induction motor, standard.
There are different efficiency definitions that
describe the relationship between a motor’s rating and
efficiency test results:
Tested. This refers to the efficiency measured
by testing that specific motor.
Nominal or Average Expected.
values are the average values obtained after
testing a sample population of the motor
Nameplate. This refers to the efficiency
measured by a specific standard.
Minimum. These values are intended to
represent the lowest point in the bell curve of
motor efficiency distribution.
Apparent Efficiency. This is the product of a
motor’s efficiency and power factor.
The efficiency is of paramount importance nowadays
because electrical motors are major consumers of
electricity in the modern industrial society; they consume
approximately 69% of electricity in the industrial and
approximately 36% in the tertiary sectors of the European
Union . Three-phase, low voltage squirrel cage
induction motors are the most commonly used electric
motors in industry.
Efficiency data by manufacturers are measured or
calculated according to certain standards. The main
differences between these standards are discussed in this
There are a lot of examples of agreements, incentives
and initiatives worldwide in order to promote increasing
the efficiency. In Europe, there is an initiative called
SEEEM (Standards for Energy Efficiency of Electric
Motors Systems). SEEEM aims to stimulate and
accelerate the process of harmonization in order to save
energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
2. Losses and Efficiency
A. Definition of energy efficiency
Efficiency is the ratio of mechanical energy output
divided by the electrical energy input.
Figure 2.1 – Typical energy flow of standard motors .
B. Motor Losses
Energy losses are the determining factor in motor
efficiency. These losses can be divided in five classes:
of the stator
losses in the
design and air
Table 2.1 – Classes of Motor Energy Losses ....
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