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Setting of MCCB for Motor Circuit

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For Short Circuit Protection (Magnetic Setting):

Example for Setting of MCCB  for Motor Circuit

  •  When we select an MCCB for motor application, it is necessary that the instantaneous release setting in the MCCB is set to a value higher than the highest anticipated Motor magnetizing inrush current during switching-on the motor.
  • The values for magnetizing inrush current (sub transient current) are higher in case of high efficiency motors as compared to standard efficiency motors.
  • By theoretical and empirical means it is established that the maximum ratio between peak and LRC can go up to 2.5 for high efficiency motors.

Motor Starting Current:

  • Motor starting current is one of the most important electrical parameter of motor to understand its electrical characteristics.
  • It is important to note the distinction between inrush current and starting current
  • The current drawn by the motor in different phases are.
  1. Inrush Current (Sub transient phase)
  2. Starting or Lock Rotor Current (Transient phase)
  3. Steady state operation.

Inrush Current (Sub transient phase)

  • During the initial phase of motor starting Current drawn by motor is known as inrush current or peak current.
  • Inrush current is the current drawn between switch on and when the magnetic fields are established in the motor this current is due to magnetizing inrush component of the motor starting current.
  • Inrush Current: It is generally 13 to 17 x FLA for older motors to New Motor.
  • The duration of inrush current: It is in milliseconds.
  • Motor circuits are highly inductive. Motor can be started at any point on voltage wave of the circuit. Depending on the initiation of the circuit i.e. point on the voltage wave.
  • The magnitude of the
    asymmetry is directly related to X/R ratio of the circuit.

Starting Current (Transient phase)

  • Motor starting current or Lock Rotor Current is the current drawn while Motor is accelerating to full speed.
  • Starting Current: It is depend upon Starting method of Motor
  • For DOL Starter : 6 to 8 x FLA
  • Star- Delta: 2 to 3 x FLA
  • Auto Transformer: 2 to 3 x FLA
  • Soft Starter: 3 to 5 x FLA
  • VFD: 1.5 x FLA
  • The duration of Starting current: Depend upon Load and Application (10 To 40 Sec)

The magnetic settings for Motor should be as follows:

  •  Motor Starting Current < Magnetic Setting of MCCB < Short Circuit Current
  • The MCCB should not trip during starting of the motor. Therefore setting should be 1.3 times the starting current. Normally the starting current will be 6 times the full load current of the motor. Therefore it will be 7.8 times the full load current.
  • However you have to calculate the short circuit current at the motor terminal. This depends on source fault level at the bus feeding the motor and cable impedance between the MCCB and motor. The setting on the MCCB should be less than the calculated short circuit current.
  • Motor Acceleration Time < Magnetic Time Setting of MCCB
  • Another important consideration is the acceleration time should be less than the time set on the MCCB for the magnetic setting.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:27

L&T Switchgear Training Centre - Training calendar for FY2017-18

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L&T Switchgear Training Centre, Pune. conducts around 22 Training programs for electrical professionals,

with the objective of promoting good Electrical Engineering & Safety Practices.

These programs are continuously updated in line with current industrial trends & technology.

The contents of different programs & training calendar for  FY 2017–18 is here for download for your reference.

We at Mahesh Engineering Services, are sure, you will find these programs extremely useful for you and your organization,

We look forward for all your training needs in Electrical Engineering (customized programs shall be organized based on your request)

Pl. feel free to contact us for any clarifications.

Thanks & Regards,

Last Updated on Monday, 03 April 2017 07:32

Happy New Financial Year 2017-18

Waiting for your Mahurat order of new year as want to start with you in big way in this year !


GIC Monitoring Devices

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Voltage Monitoring


  • Compact 17.5 mm wide
  • Protects against Phase Loss, Phase Reversal & Phase Asymmetry
  • Multi-voltage from 3 x 208 to 3 x 480 V
  • Selectable Under voltage / Over voltage / Asymmetry levels
  • Selectable Under Voltage / Over Voltage & Asymmetry
  • LED indication for all faults & for change in settings during run time for better security
  • Adjustable time delay


  • Protects against Phase Loss, Phase Reversal and Phase-Phase Unbalance
  • No auxillary supply needed
  • Voltage sensing principle
  • 1 C/O & 2 C/O Configurations
  • Designed to meet Industrial and Agricultural segment applications
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 13:43

Final Distribution Products EXORA

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  • MCBs conform to IS/IEC 60898 with short-circuit breaking capacity of 10kA throughout the range
  • True contact indication in MCBs and Isolators enhancing safety by reflecting actual contact status
  • Label holder in MCBs for easy circuit identification
  • Complete range of RCCBs from 25A to 100A with 30mA, 100mA and 300mA sensitivity with ISI mark
  • Isolators available in DP,TP and FP from 40A to 100A with utilization category of AC-22A
  • Range of Controlling and monitoring devices
    • MCB accessories:  Auxiliary Contact, Trip Alarm Contact, Shunt Release
    • Modular Energy Meter
    • Time switches
    • Indicators
Last Updated on Friday, 03 March 2017 07:01

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