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Variable Frequency

Drive
Donald Kaulukukui
What is a VFD?
Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)
A VFD can be used to control both the speed and
torque of a standard induction AC electric motor.
It varies both the frequency and amps of the AC
waveform being delivered to the motor saving
money in electricity.
Basic components of a VFD:
Input section, draws AC electric power from the
utility, Rectifier section, converts the AC into DC
power.
Inverter section, converts DC back into a
controllable AC waveform.
Purpose of the VFD
VFDs help to limit demand and electrical
consumption of motors by reducing the
amount of energy they consume.
Standard motors are constant speed and
when they are energized they run at a 100%
no matter the load.
Soft Start
Only use energy you need

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Potential Problems
Improper Circuit Design
Harmonic Distortion
Safety
3 phase generation
Microcontroller programming
Expectations
Learn pulse width modulation techniques
Learn application of microcontroller
features
Learn advanced circuit design
Learn AC motor theory
Learn energy conservation methods

Goals
Single phase 120V 60 Hz AC generation

Three phase 220V 60 Hz AC generation

Three phase 220V Variable Frequency AC
generation

Temperature controlled VFD
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VFD
Circuit Design
Programming
AC - DC converter
DC - DC converter
DC - AC inverter
Start
Done
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