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Single Phase Induction Type Energy Meter

Single Phase Induction Type Energy Meter

Single phase energy meter are used for measurement for electrical energy in AC circuit. Energy meter is an integrating instrument which measures the total quantity of electrical energy supplied to the circuit in given period. The working principle of energy meter is same as that of induction wattmeter. 

Construction of Single Phase Induction Type Energy Meter

An induction type single phase energy meter has following main parts of the operating mechanism. 

  1. Driving system 
  2. Moving system 
  3. Braking system
  4. Recording mechanism
Single Phase Induction Type Energy Meter
  1. Driving System :- In energy meter their are two electromagnets are used series magnet & shunt magnet. It consists of number of U-shaped laminations of silicon steel together to form a core. A coil of thick wire having a few turns is wounded in both legs of U-shaped magnet. The coil is known as current coil which is connected series with load.
    The shunt magnet consists of number of M-shaped laminations of silicon steel assembled together to form a core. A coil of thin wire having large number of turn is wound on central limb of the magnet & is connected across the supply. Thus it is excited by current proportional to the supply voltage & known is potential coil.
  2. Moving System :- The moving system is the aluminium disc is mounted on the spindle. The disc is placed in the air gap of the two electromagnets. The eddy current is induced in the disc because of the change of the magnetic field. This eddy current is cut by the magnetic flux. The interaction of the flux & the disc induces the deflecting torque.
    When the devices consume power, the aluminium disc starts rotating, & after some number of rotations, the disc displays the unit used by the load. The number of rotations of the disc is counted at particular interval of time. The disc measured the power consumption in kilowatt hours. 
  3. Braking System :- The permanent magnet is used for reducing the rotation of the aluminium disc. The aluminium disc induces the eddy current because of their rotation. The eddy current cut the magnetic flux of the permanent magnet & hence produces the braking torque. 
    The braking torque opposes the movement of the disc, thus reduces their speed. The permanent magnet is adjustable due to which the braking torque is also adjustable by shifting the magnet to the other radial position.
  4. Recording Mechanism :- The main function of the recording mechanism is to record the number of rotations of the aluminium disc. Their rotation is directly proportional to the energy consumed by the loads in the kilowatt hour.

Working of Single Phase Induction Type Energy Meter

When single phase energy meter connected in the circuit to measure the consumption of electrical energy. The current passes through both the magnets or coil. The magnetic field produced by series magnetic in phase with the line current & magnetic field produced by shunt magnet is in quadrature with the applied voltage thus, a phase difference exists between the fluxes produce by the two coils. This setup rotating magnetic field which interacts with disc & produce a driving torque & thus , disc starts rotating the number of revolutions made by the disc depend upon energy passing through the meter. The spindle geared to the recording mechanism so that energy consumed in the circuit is directly registered in kWh.

Advantages of Induction Type Energy Meter

  1. Cheap in cost.
  2. Simple construction.
  3. Low maintenance.
  4. More accurate on a wide range of loads.
  5. Good damping.
  6. The moving element has no electrical contact with the circuit.

Disadvantages of Induction Type Energy Meter

  1. It can be used for AC circuits only.
  2. They have non linear scales.
  3. They consume a considerable amount of power.

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