Thermography of High Voltage Motors
During the periodic routine measurements, it was instinctively determined that this high voltage motor was reasonably warm (especially near the lower clutch-side). To obtain insight in the temperature distribution, it was decided to take an IR photo.
- Bearing temperature on the coupling side 115 8C (grease streams from the bearing)
- Temperature of the winding 1268C
- IR-measurement: casing up to max 80 8C
This motor is air-cooled. The outside air is drawn in on the non-clutch-side, and cools the motor via axially placed hollow tubes in the mantle. We had the impression that the airflow rate through the tubes was relatively low. A small steal brush was fitted on a thin rod, after which the channels were cleaned.
Result after cleaning:
We see a dramatic fall in temperature.
- Bearer temperature KK 668C (decreased by 508C)
- Temperature winding 738C (decreased by 538C)
- IR- measurement: casing up to max 60 8C (decreased by 208C)
As a result of a small change to this machine, we have been able to substantially increase the operation time. The components of the machine are safe guarded against high temperatures, without requiring downtime. On-site, we have developed a maintenance plan to clean all similar high-voltage motors annually and thus preventively.