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What does a field weakening contactor do?

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What does a field weakening contactor do?
« on: December 12, 2015, 04:11:AM »
gentlemen,
What does a field weakening contactor do? I have an old DC motor starter that operates using big coil operated contactors. I was wondering what is the function of the field weakening contactor because it's not making sense to me. It looks adjustable and I'm not sure where I'm going with this.


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Re: What does a field weakening contactor do?
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2015, 05:10:PM »
A field weakening contactor on an old DC motor starter is designed to monitor the field current and open the control circuit in the event of field current loss. The field current loss can be a result of burned or open field winding, broken wire, etc. It doesn't care, it just monitors the field current in the motor.

Field weakening contactors are more or less safety devices in the old DC contactor drives to prevent a runaway motor situation causes by the loss of the field winding.

They are adjustable because they can be used on various motors with different field currents. You will have to look at the field current rating of your existing motor to determine where to set the field weakening contactor.
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Re: What does a field weakening contactor do?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2016, 03:58:AM »
So if a field weakening contactor were set for too high of current what would happen?

If a field weakening contactor were set improperly for too low current what would happen?

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