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The Pulse Width Modulation voltage takes some time to rise from its minimum to its maximum value. This period is often called “rise time”. Due to the great rapidity of switching on the variable frequency drive stage, the growth of the voltage wavefront takes place too fast and, with the power electronics advance, these transition times tend to be more and more reduced.

Then the variable frequency drive fed motor is subjected to extremely high dV/dt rates, so that the first turn of the first coil of a single phase is submitted to a high voltage level. Therefore, a VFD can considerably increase the voltage stress within a motor coil, though owing to the inductive and capacitive characteristics of the windings, the pulses are damped on the subsequent coils.

The rise time has a direct influence on the insulation life, because the faster the pulse wavefront grows, the greater the dV/dt ratio over the first coil and the higher the levels of voltage between turns, causing the insulation system to wear more quickly away.

According to NEMA MG-1, Part 30 Motor Specification, Design B Motors (non-inverter duty) should be capable of handling rise time: 2 microseconds or slower (≥2 microseconds).

According to NEMA MG-1, Part 31 Motor Specification, Inverter Duty Motors should be capable of handling the following Rise Time: 0.1 microseconds o slower for < 600 volts; 1 microsecond or slower for > 600 volts.

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