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Harmonic Distortion

Discussion in 'Photovoltaics' started by Scott Loupin, Feb 28, 2005.

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  1. Scott Loupin

    Scott Loupin Guest

    What is Harmonic Distortion? Is it produced by all the CFLs I'm using, and
    can it affect the inverter? Is it detectable or measureable?

    I'm still new at this, but am learning, I now know a buck converter isn't
    the coin machine in the laundramat!

    Scott
     
  2. Hank McCall

    Hank McCall Guest

    The only waveform which is composed of only 1 frequency is a pure
    sinewave. Any deviation from the sinewave can be decomposed by The
    Fourier Theorem into harmonics of the original frequency. Therefore a
    distorted 60Hz waveform has 120(2*60),180(3*60),240(4*60) etc. HZ
    components generated. This is harmonic distortion.
     
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