What is the working principle of AC contactor?

The AC contactor is an electromagnetic AC contactor with a NO main contact, three poles, and air as the arc extinguishing medium. Its components include: coil, short-circuit ring, static iron core, moving iron core, moving contact, static contact, auxiliary NO contact, auxiliary NC contact, pressure spring sheet, reaction spring, buffer spring, arc extinguishing The cover is composed of original parts. The appearance structure of the common AC contactor is shown in the figure below:

Electromagnetic system: It includes coil, static iron core and moving iron core (also called armature).

Contact system: It includes main contacts and auxiliary contacts. The main contact allows a larger current to pass through and plays the role of connecting and cutting off the main circuit. Usually, the maximum current allowed by the main contact (ie, the rated current) is one of the technical parameters of the contactor. Auxiliary contacts are only allowed to pass small currents, and are generally connected to the control circuit when used.

The main contacts of AC contactors are generally NO contacts, and the auxiliary contacts are either NO or NC. A contactor with a smaller rated current has four auxiliary contacts; a contactor with a larger rated current has six auxiliary contacts.

NO and NC refer to the state of the contacts before the electromagnetic system is energized. That is, the NO contact means that when the coil is not energized, its moving and static contacts are in an open state, and the coil is closed after it is energized. NC contact means that when the coil is not energized, its moving and static contacts are closed, and when the coil is energized, it is disconnected.

The function of the arc extinguishing device is to quickly cut off the arc when the main contact is broken. If it is not cut off quickly, the main contact singeing and welding will occur. Therefore, AC contactors generally have arc extinguishing devices. For AC contactors with larger capacity, arc extinguishing grids are often used.

The working principle structure of the AC contactor is shown in the figure below. When the coil is energized, the iron core is magnetized, attracting the armature to move downward, making the normally closed contact open and the normally open contact closed. When the coil is de-energized, the magnetic force disappears. Under the action of the reaction spring, the armature returns to the original position and the contact returns to the original state.

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How Does a Magnetic Motor Starter Work?

Magnetic starters rely on electromagnets to function. They have an electromagnetically operated set of contacts that starts and stops the attached motor load, and an overload relay. The overload relay opens the control voltage to the starter coil if it detects an overload on a motor. A control circuit with momentary contact devices that are connected to the coil executes the start and stop function.

A 3-pole full-voltage magnetic motor starter has the following workings: a set of stationary contacts, a set of movable contacts, a solenoid coil, a stationary electromagnet, pressure springs, a set of magnetic shading coils, and the moving armature. Magnetic starters use momentary-contact pilot devices (such as switches and relays) that require a restart after a power loss, or if a low voltage condition causes the contactor to drop off. They can also be wired to restart motors automatically if the application requires.

A magnetic starter contactor is similar to a relay but switches a larger amount of electrical power and handles higher voltage loads. A contactor has a contact carrier with electrical contacts to connect the incoming line power contact to the load contact. It also consists of an electromagnet that provides the force to close the contacts, and the enclosure, an insulating material that holds the parts together and protects the components. Contactors are typically made with contacts that stay open unless forced closed, meaning the power doesn’t go to the load until the coil is activated, closing the contactor.

When the contactor is closed, the current goes to the electromagnet. This current can have the same voltage as the power going through the contacts or can have a lower “control” voltage that is used only to energize the coil. When the coil is energized, this creates a magnetic coupling between the contacts and the contact carrier, letting them stay together and current to flow to the motor until the system is shut off by de-energizing the coil. When de-energized, a spring causes the contacts to separate and halt the flow of power through the contacts, and the motor turns off.

Some commonly available magnetic motor starters include full voltage (across-the-line), reduced voltage, and reversing. As the name suggests, a full-voltage or across-the-line magnetic motor starter gives the motor full voltage. This means that it is designed to correctly handle the levels of inrush current that happen once the motor starts. Reduced voltage starters are designed to limit the effects of inrush current during motor startup and are available in electro-mechanical and electronic formats. Reversing starters switch the shaft rotation of a 3-phase motor. This action happens because of the interchanging any two-line conductors that supply the motor load. A reversing magnetic motor starter has a forward and a reverse starter. It also has electrical and mechanical interlocks that ensure only the forward or the reverse starter can be engaged at once.

Thermal Overload Relay Working Principle

Overload thermal relay works on the heat produced by the excessive overload current. The heat produced by the overload current is utilized to trip the motor circuit. These are mostly used for protection of low-voltage squirrel cage induction motors or DC motors of lower output rating.

The function of a thermal overload relay, used in motor starter circuits is to prevent the motor from drawing excessive current which is harmful to motor insulation.

It is connected either directly to motor lines or indirectly through current transformers. It de-energies the starter and stops the motor when excessive current is drawn.

Thermal Overload Relay Working Principle

Whenever the motor is overloaded, it will draw more current from the line and will be heated up gradually. The overload relay is intended to protect the motor against sustained overloads.The overload relay is installed on motor control circuit to make a contact in the trip circuit or mechanically operate the trip bar thus shutting down the motor in the event of excessive load.

It consists bimetallic strips. The heat produced by the overload current is utilized to heat the bimetallic strips.
Under normal operating condition the strip remains straight but under the action of fault current the strip is heated and bent and the relay contacts get separated which de-energizes the motor control circuit.
The force required to bend the bimetallic strips can be adjusted by an adjuster. In other words, it can be adjusted to operate at different overload currents.
The thermal overload relay does not provide short circuit protection as it takes sufficient time to open the contacts. Therefore, this type of relay is used in conjunction with fuses to provide overload and short circuit protection to the circuit.
These relays have inverse time characteristics i.e. the tripping time becomes less as the over load and hence current increases. These are rated in trip class. The trip class specifies the period of time it will take to operate in an overload condition. The most common classes are 5, 10, 20 & 30. Class 30, 20, 10 and 5 overload relays will trip within 30, 20, 10 and 5 seconds respectively at 600% of motor full load amps.

How Does an A/C Contactor Work?

Now that we know it's a switch, the question becomes, "How does air conditioning contactor get turned on?"

While light switches need you to physically flip the switch and pressure switches use air to operate, your contactor is triggered by a solenoid pulling on a small plunger (the button).

If you look in the picture I've provided above, you'll see the coil windings in the part that is simply referred to as the "coil." When 24v hits this coil, it generates just enough force to pull down that button on top of the contactor. When pulled down, that button is the "drawbridge" closing and allowing electricity to pass through and run the condenser fan and compressor.

To give you a more complete description, here is the step-by-step of an air conditioning cycle up to this point.

The thermostat senses it's warmer than the temperature it is set at. As the temperature rises, so does the little switch inside the stat making the proper 24v connection to the furnace control board that tells it to turn on the fan.

At the same time, the furnace relays that message through a 24v signal to the 24v coil in the contactor.

That coil energizes and pulls down the button (plunger) on the contactor.

Once contact is made on both sides of the contactor, power can then pass on to the motor and compressor and provide you cool air.

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Timer Relays

A timer relay is a combination of an electromechanical output relay and a control circuit. The contacts will open or close before or after a pre-selected, timed interval.

Time delay relays are initiated or triggered by one of two methods:

Application of input voltage/auxiliary supply will either initiate the unit or make it ready to initiate when a trigger signal is applied.

Applying a trigger signal is used to initiate the unit after input voltage has been applied. This trigger signal can either be a control switch (dry contact switch) or a power trigger (voltage).

What is Comb Busbar?

Comb busbar is one of the most basic switch gear instruments. The main purpose of a comb busbar is to distribute power to switch gear components such as MCBs. There are two types of comp busbar viz, single phase comp busbar and three phase comb busbar. It can be found in small distribution boards that you can find at you home. Single phase comb busbar is used in single phase power distributions and three phase comb busbar is used in three phase power distribution systems. Two lead comb busbar are also available and are used in DC system.

The main purpose of using comb busbar is to reduce the number of wire connections. In distribution boards a output of the isolators or ELCBs are connected to a number of MCBs or

Residual Current Devices. If comb busbar is not used, numerous wires should be connected to the ELCB/Isolator output terminals to supply the MCBs. Hence in order to avoid that a single comb busbar is used. The comb busbar supplies numbers circuit breakers simultaneously thereby reducing the number of wires used.

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