High harmonic distortion levels can cost you big bucks

High levels of harmonic distortion are the plant engineer’s worst nightmare, and rightly so. It causes stress and problems for distribution systems and the equipment served by them.

Voltage peaks caused by harmonic distortion can stress motor and wire insulation, resulting in insulation breakdown and failure. It also raises temperatures, and a 10 degree change can cut your equipment life in half.

Current and voltage harmonic distortion go hand in hand, and can affect capacitors, motors, fuses, and transformers. Eventually this leads to downtime and large repair bills due to unexpected equipment failure.

Read the full article here: What are the consequences of high harmonic distortion levels?

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