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Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by CLT, Jan 4, 2005.

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  1. CLT

    CLT Guest

    We have a 3 phase sistem with 380 V betwen phases and 220v phase to
    neutral. An electrician was doing a repairation and he just disconect
    a neutral wire from a cabinet and conect it a few minutes later and
    in that time 3 computers were destroyed, even one of them started to
    burn. After that we measure the volts and with tne neutral wire
    connected we have 220v betwen phase and neutral and wen we disconect
    the neutral we have 500v betwen the same phase and the neutral. Can
    any one tell me wat is going on?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. Fizzle
  3. Roy Q.T.

    Roy Q.T. Guest

    Chris there is a earlier Ground to Neutral Post here about a diagram
    that might shed some light on your query.
  4. Roy Q.T.

    Roy Q.T. Guest

    The Post is in alt.eng.~>compliance
  5. Mr Bungle

    Mr Bungle Guest

    Only a moron works on electricity without turning the computers off first.
    If you don't know what is going on, hire a real electrician to do it.
    ever hear of neutral current? is your 3 phase really balanced?
  6. That was no electrician - although some people should be grateful that
    he wasn't calling himself a brain surgeon.

    To illustrate the effect of what he did, take two dissimilar elastic
    bands, join the ends together and bang a nail through the join into a
    handy bit of wood. Now stretch and relax each band or combination of
    them. Each acts independently, yes? So you can REALLY load, or pull on
    one band, without affecting the other.

    Now remove the nail. When you pull on one band, the join moves and the
    thin band really stretches whilst the thick band hardly stretches at all.

    He pulled the nail out. The join point moved and the voltage of the
    lightly loaded bit (the thin band) went way up whilst the voltage across
    the heavily loaded bit (the thick band) went way down. Unfortunately,
    the computers were on the lightly loaded bit.

    The analogy is far from exact, but you maybe get the idea.

    Sue the company, report it to your standards authority, write letters to
    your senator or whatever you do when you are really p**ed off in your
    Country. Never mind blowing a few computers - the guy could easily have
    burnt the place down and/or killed people.
  7. nospam

    nospam Guest

    This stupid idiot could have got someone electrocuted.
  8. Some capacitance in the power supplies' input circuitry may have
    interacted with the system's source reactive impedance and resulted in
    higher than normal voltages. Possibly at higher harmonics than the
    system fundamental frequency as well. When you combine non-linear loads
    with unusual RLC circuits, weird things can happen.
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