4 Point Starter | Working Principle and Construction of Four Point StarterPublished on 24/2/2012 & updated on 2/8/2018
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Working Principle of Four Point StarterThe 4 point starter like in the case of a 3 point starter also acts as a protective device that helps in safeguarding the armature of the shunt or compound excited DC motor against the high starting current produced in the absence of back emf at starting.
The 4 point starter has a lot of constructional and functional similarity to a three point starter, but this special device has an additional point and a coil in its construction. This naturally brings about some difference in its functionality, though the basic operational characteristic remains the same. The basic difference in circuit of 4 point starter as compared to 3 point starter is that the holding coil is removed from the shunt field current and is connected directly across the line with current limiting resistance in series. Now to go into the details of operation of 4 point starter, lets have a look at its constructional diagram, and figure out its point of difference with a 3 point starter.
Construction and Operation of Four Point StarterA 4 point starter as the name suggests has 4 main operational points, namely
- 'L' Line terminal. (Connected to positive of supply.)
- 'A' Armature terminal. (Connected to the armature winding.)
- 'F' Field terminal. (Connected to the field winding.)
- Like in the case of the 3 point starter, and in addition to it there is, A 4th point N. (Connected to the No Voltage Coil NVC)
Apart from this above mentioned fact, the 4 point and 3 point starters are similar in all other ways like possessing is a variable resistance, integrated into number of sections as shown in the figure above. The contact points of these sections are called studs and are shown separately as OFF, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, RUN, over which the handle is free to be maneuvered manually to regulate the starting current with gathering speed. Now to understand its way of operating lets have a closer look at the diagram given above. Considering that supply is given and the handle is taken stud No.1, then the circuit is complete and line current that starts flowing through the starter. In this situation we can see that the current will be divided into 3 parts, flowing through 3 different points.
- 1 part flows through the starting resistance (R1+ R2 + R3…..) and then to the armature.
- A 2nd part flowing through the field winding F.
- And a 3rd part flowing through the no voltage coil in series with the protective resistance R.
This marks the operational difference between a 4 point starter and a 3 point starter. As otherwise both are almost similar and are used for limiting the starting current to a shunt wound DC motor or compound wound DC motor, and thus act as a protective device.
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