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Is it possible to run a three phase motor out of a 100A household panel?

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2009-06-03 15:08:19
2009-06-03 15:08:19

The physical internal windings between single phase and three phase motors makes this an impossibility That being said money can make anything happen. Depending on the amount of money you want to spend to make this happen there is a device on the market called a VFD ( Variable Frequency Drive). On the three phase input terminals you apply your single phase voltage. On the output terminals you connect your three phase motor. When run in this configuration there is an internal switch that has to be changed to let the VFD know that it should be looking for only two lines on the input to be hot. Otherwise the VFD thinks that there is a line loss on the three phase input terminals and the unit will not start. <<>> You can make a phase converter with a couple extra motors. Wire up a 120V single phase motor and couple it to a 3 phase motor. This turns the 3 phase motor into a generator for you to run to whatever equipment the 3 phase motor is. Although if you had a single phase motor you probable don't need a 3 phase motor. == == <<>> yes! you will have to buy a phase converter. <<>> yes, it is possible to this with a rotary phase converter . one manufacturer is "phase master" (as an example only, not wishing to promote any brand). these are not cheap units and it may be more cost effective to purchase a single phase (220V.) replacement motor . the overall efficiency (operational costs) would be better too . a rotary phase converter is usually the "last choice on the list" .

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