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To perform speed control of DC motor by using Ward- Leonard Method of speed control

                              Ward-Leonard method

                                                                       Speed control of D.C motor




                                     Speed control of D.C. motor can be obtained by varying the applied voltage to the armature. Ward- leonard system of speed control is based on this principle. In this method M is the main D.C. motor whose speed is to be controlled, and G is a separately excited D.C. generator. The generator G is driven by a 3-phase driving motor which may be an induction motor or a synchronous motor. The combination of ac driving motor and the dc generator is called the motor-generator set.


1. Theory

                                                 The speed of a D.C. motor is proportional directly to the back e.m.f Eb and inversely to the net flux per pole Ф ,i.e


N= k1

If brush contact drop is neglected


Where N = Speed


V = voltage applied across armature circuits


Ra = armature resistance, this includes the series field and interpole winding resistance if in circuit


Rt  = external resistance in armature circuits


R = (Ra  + Rt),


Ia  = armature current,


K1  = a constant


Thus, the speed of a D.C motor may be varied by either of the following adjustments:


1.     Changing the flux per pole Ф, by varying the field current,


2.     Changing Rt  ,external resistance in the armature circuit,


          3.Changing the applied voltage V.(Ward-Leonard speed control method)


2. Circuit diagram




3. Ward-Leonard speed control method


This is essentially armature voltage control of speed with constant field excitation. In this method the variable voltage to be applied to the motor armature is obtained from an additional separately excited d.c generator, and the motor under control is also run as a separately excited motor. The above equation shows that if the motor excitation is constant and the applied voltage V is varied the speed will be almost directly proportional to the armature voltage.


The system can be more adopted for forward as well as reverse operation of the motor by changing the polarity of the voltage applied to its armature. This can be achieved by reversing the direction of the field current of the separately excited variable voltage generator.


The variable voltage generator in Ward Leonard system is driven by a constant speed motor I.e a d.c shunt motor, a 3 phase induction motor or a synchronous motor.If the constant voltage d.c power for excitation is not available otherwise, the same may be obtained from a constant voltage exciter coupled with the auxiliary motor generator set. The direction of the field current of the variable voltage generator may be reversed by any one of the following two methods


1.     By providing a reversing switch in the field circuit


2. By connecting two potentiometer rheostats across generator field across the movable terminals.



4.  Advantages of using Ward-Leonard method


1.     A very large range of speed variation is possible.


2.     The direction of rotation may be easily reversed by reversing the generator field current.


3.     The control is affected through the generator field circuit, which is current circuit.


4.     The speed regulation is good.


5.     Overall-efficiency, is though poor, is still much higher than that obtained in armature voltage control using series resistance.

 5.  Drawbacks of Ward-leonard method


1.     Higher initial cost due to use of two additional machines of the same rating as the main      dc motor.


2.     Larger size and weight.


3.     Requires more floor area andcostly foundation.


4.     Frequent maintenance is needed.


5.     Lower efficiency due to higher losses.


6.     The drive produces more noise.





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