# Three Phase AC Systems

• 3 phase systems exist because generators are usually design to have 3 outputs
• Power is transmitted as 3 phase AC power
• The 3 phases are all AC signals 120° degrees out of phase with each other
• A balanced system has voltages and currents of the same amplitude and frequency shifted 120°
• Assumes all 3 transmission lines and loads have the same impedance
• Each of the three phases can be connected to identical loads, and the system would consist of three single phase circuits
• Phase sequence determines the order that the peaks of each phase pass
• Positive phase sequence means the peaks pass in the order ABC
• Phase A leads B by 120°
• Phase B leads C by 120°
• Negative phase sequence means the peaks pass in the order ACB
• Phase A leads C by 120°
• Phase C leads B by 120°
• Phasors are rotating clockwise

## Star and Delta Connected Systems

There are two ways to connect 3 phase sources and loads:

• Star connected systems
• The negative of each phase is connected to ground
• Delta connected systems
• The negative of each phase is connected to another phase
• The phase voltage is the voltage between a phase and the ground, eg
• The line voltage is the voltage between two transmission lines, eg
• The phase current is the current flowing through a phase, eg
• The line current is the current flowing out of each phase, eg

### Star Connected

The phase voltages are measured accross a single phase:

• Line voltages are measured between each pair of lines, and are different from the phase voltages
• Phase currents are measure in each phase, and are the same as the line currents

#### Positive Sequence

All three line voltages are the phase voltages, and lead them by 30°:

All 6 voltage phasors are shown in the diagram below:

#### Negative Sequence

All three line voltages are the phase voltages, and lag them by 30°:

### Delta connected

Phase voltages are measured accross a single phase:

• Line voltages are measured between the lines, and are the same as the phase voltages
• Phase currents are measured in each phase, and are different from the line currents

#### Positive Sequence

All three line currents are the phase currents, and lag them by 30°:

#### Negative Sequence

All three line currents are the phase currents, and lead them by 30°:

• 3-phase loads can also be star or delta connected
• Phases are assumed to be balanced because shit gets fucked if they're not
• Sometimes it is necessary to convert between star and delta loads

• denotes the load in a delta connected system
• denotes the load in a star connected system

### Delta to Star

For a balanced load where :

### Star to Delta

For a balanced load where :

### System Configurations

There are four possible configurations of sources and loads. It easiest to perform analysis on star to star connected systems as it allows single phase analysis, so converting delta to star loads is often needed.

## Power in Three Phase Circuits

The total power delivered by a 3-phase generator and absorbed by a three phase load is the sum of the power in each of the three phases, or 3 times the power in one phase in a balanced system. Power can be expressed in terms of phase voltages and currents.

For both star and delta connected loads:

PowerEquation
Active power per phase
Three phase active power
Reactive power per phase
Three phase reactive power
Apparent power per phase
Three phase apparent power

## Example 1

A balanced 3-phase star connected positive sequence source delivers power to a balanced 3-phase star connected load:

• Line-to-Line voltage at each source is
• Each transmission line had a resistance of 1 Ohm and an inductance of 9.5 mH
• Each phase is a 4 Ohm resistance and a 20 mH inductor
• System operates at 50Hz

Converting line voltage to phase voltage:

The impedance of the load and the transmission line :

The line and load current (they're the same in star systems) are calculated using the phase voltage and the total impedance:

The voltage across each phase load is the line current and the load impedance:

The total active and reactive power dissipated by all phases of the load can then be calculated:

The total active and reactive power consumed by the line:

Therefore the total complex power delivered by the source is:

## Example 2

A balanced 3-phase star connected positive sequence voltage source delivers power to a balanced 3-phase delta connected load:

• Line-to-Line voltage at each source is
• Each transmission line had a resistance of 1 Ohm and an inductance of 9.5 mH
• Each phase is a 4 Ohm resistance and a 20 mH inductor
• System operates at 50Hz

The delta connected load must be converted to it's star equivalent, by dividing the impedences and phase shifting voltages and currents where necessary.

Converting line to phase voltage to get the voltage of each phase at the source:

The impedance of each line:

The impedance of each load, then converted to it's star equivalent to calculate individual line currents:

The line and phase currents in a delta load are different, so the line current is calculated from the source phase voltage and total impedance (star equivalent load and line impedances):

The phase current of the delta load can then be calculated from the line current:

The phase voltage of each delta load is then:

The power consumed by the load is then:

The power consumed by the line:

Total power delivered: