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Delta Driver Speed Torque Relationships and Delta Driver as a Position Controller

Problem Statement: Consideration must be given to motor line voltage variations as the intermittent torque rating at high motor speed is linearly related to this voltage. Motor sizing must take into account this line voltage variation especially in emerging countries where significant line fluctuations are typical and motor over sizing may be appropriate.

Delta Driver Speed Torque Relationships and Delta Driver as a Position ControllerDescription: The Delta Driver speed/torque curves are shown with a nominal 115 VAC and 220 VAC, 50/60Hz incoming line voltage. The Delta Drivers however are rated at 85-126 VAC for the "B" models and 170-264 VAC for the "A" models. The intermittent torque rating at the high speed is nearly linearly related to the line voltage. Motor winding resistance, winding inductance and motor losses also play a role in rolling off the peak torque and higher speeds.

As the servo motor speed goes up, the counter EMF or generator action of the motor increases the voltage across the motor windings. The driver must provide a voltage greater than the motor voltage to produce current in the winding and therefore torque at the motor shaft. The intermittent torque curve rolls off when the motor voltage reaches the driver's internal DC bus voltage. The internal DC bus voltage is directly related to the incoming line voltage.

The roll off in the continuous torque curve is caused by motor heating due to internal losses in the motor, not line voltage.

Note that the speed/torque curves shown in the specifications represent the speed and torque being applied in the same direction, as is the case when the motor is driving the load.

When the speed and torque are in opposite directions, as is the case when the motor is braking the load, the motor is putting the load's mechanical energy back into the driver in the form of electrical energy. The result is that the driver internal voltage DC bus is pumped up rather than drained down, as is the case when the motor is driving the load. The driver has a higher bus voltage in this braking mode, therefore the intermittent zone of speed/torque curve is higher. This means that there is more high speed torque available for braking/deceleration than there is for accelerating a load.

When the driver is braking the load it is absorbing the mechanical energy of the load and pumping up the internal voltage bus. If the energy absorption is great enough, the driver switches in a regeneration resistor to dump some of the energy as heat. Repetitive or excessive absorption can overheat the regeneration resistor resulting in a fault condition. Absorption energy and the use of an internal or external regeneration resistor are discussed in detail in the Delta Driver Technical manual Section 8.

When reviewing a particular application, consideration of the line voltage fluctuation can be an important issue. Generally speaking, applications in the more developed countries in the world can be more aggressively sized because a stable 220 VAC line is readily available. In emerging countries the line voltage is not likely to be stable, so more conservative sizing is necessary. It may even be necessary to move up a size rating to be sure the application will run properly when the line voltage dips. This could be of particular concern for Original Equipment Manufacturers that ship machines around the globe.

CAUTION: It might appear tempting to simply use a transformer to raise the nominal line voltage to 240-250 VAC to avoid the low line problem. Raising the nominal line voltage poses the risk of overheating the driver's regeneration resistor in the case of heavy motor braking or in the case of a rise in the line voltage.

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