Variable Frequency Drives (WEBINAR)

Course Number: E-2014WN
Credit: 2 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Robert J. Scoff, P.E.
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Type: Live Interactive Webinar
Price: $119.90
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In Variable Frequency Drives , you'll learn ...

  • What variable frequency drives (VFDs) are and what they do
  • How VFDs can save on operating and maintenance costs
  • Historical developments and advancements of VFDs and their relevance
  • Applications of VFDs in pumps, conveyors, process lines, etc.


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Since the mid-1980s, solid state electronic devices have been used to make motor controllers with 60 cycle-per-second input power and variable voltage, variable frequency output. As with many new devices, there have been some reliability problems, but the technology has gotten better, so that variable frequency drives (VFDs) are now used in many places where DC speed control was once, almost exclusively, the means of motor speed control. Today’s devices not only eliminate most of the harmonics on the input side of the motor controllers, but they also make the power factor very close to unity, greatly increasing the efficiency of most modern devices.

This webinar explains the different ways to control the speed of alternating current (AC) motors. By their very nature, most AC motors are not easily speed controlled. But we will review some of the historical developments and advancements that have been made with VFDs and see how engineers have done things that were once deemed impossible. Some of the important lessons in this webinar include demonstrations and explanations for how VFDs convert 60 Hertz constant voltage power to variable voltage, variable frequency power; how a single phase voltage can be turned into a three phase voltage to run single phase motors; and how current harmonics cause voltage harmonics to appear.

Special Note: Course E-3014 and course E-2014W are alternate presentations of the same course material. Therefore, only one version, either the course or webinar, can be taken during a renewal cycle. If you have any questions regarding course eligibility, please contact our Customer Service Team.


Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • A brief history of variable speed drives and the reasons that variable speed motors are useful
  • How VFDs convert 60 Hertz constant voltage power to variable voltage, variable frequency power
  • The block diagram of VFDs and how the various blocks work
  • Why voltage must vary as frequency varies
  • How a single phase voltage can be turned into a three phase voltage to run single phase motors
  • Some of the latest developments in VFD technology relative to harmonics and power factor
  • Other uses of inverters, including uninterrupted power supplies
  • Applications where VFDs are effective
  • High voltage, high power applications and how these can be achieved
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Webinars earn PDH credits for engineers in all states, unless otherwise stated in the literature for a specific webinar. For more details, check your state requirements.

ATTENTION NEW YORK, WISCONSIN AND IOWA ENGINEERS: Your states specifically require a certain number of "live" credit hours as a part of your PDH requirement. This webinar is provided by Decatur Professional Development, LLC and has been accepted by the New York State Board to fulfill this requirement. This webinars also meets the "live training" requirements of the Wisconsin and Iowa Boards.

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