# Questions tagged [reactive-power]

Reactive power (measured in vars) is present in a system containing reactive (inductive or capacitive) components and can be either produced or consumed by different load/generation elements. Though "imaginary", the reactive power has great physical significance and is essential to the operation of the electrical system as a whole.

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### What does mean if there is P+ and Q-?

If in a circuit there is real power positive and reactive power negative, what does mean in terms of power flow? I undestand that the real power is produced in the generator/source and goes to the ...
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### What's the meaning of three-phase reactive power of a three-phase device in balanced sinusoidal conditions?

I'm trying to make physical sense of the three-phase reactive power (a.k.a. total reactive power) for a three-terminal or four-terminal three-phase device (e.g. an AC motor, an AC generator, a load) ...
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### Is reactive power periodic in nature? What is the exact difference between active power, average power, and real power?

Consider an RC circuit which is supplied by a sine source $$v(t)=V_m\cdot \sin(\omega t)$$ The current through the circuit will be i(t)=I_m\cdot \sin(\omega t+\phi) \\ \phi=\arctan \left(\dfrac{1}{\...
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### Reactive power in AC circuit

What is meant by reactive power in AC circuits? Power is joules per second. Real power is the energy dissipated in the resistor per second. What is meant by the reactive power? Does this mean the ...
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### Complex power reaching and leaving 2 Current Sources

Given the following circuit, where the voltage of each source is unknown: I'm trying to find the complex, active and reactive power that reaches and leaves(provided by) each of the two voltage ...
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### What is the significance of UPS output Power Factor?

A UPS's output rating is shown as (2000VA/1800W). I understand that the p.f. here is 0.9. But the device or load I will connect to the UPS might have pf<0.9 or pf=1 (for light bulb). From my ...
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### Reducing reactive power by using a resistor

I have a school exercise that goes like this: Voltage is 230V. Frequency is 50Hz. Inductor is 400mH. How big of a resistor should be added with the inductor (in a series) to reduce reactive power by ...
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### What are the exact meanings of reactive and apparent powers? Do we say they are supplied or consumed?

(The following doubt is from the topic of Sinusoidal Steady-State Analysis of electrical circuits) I understand the meaning of real power - it is the average power consumed (or delivered) by an ...
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### Using capacitors to reduce reactive power

I have been trying to understand the concept of reactive power in power systems. From what I have read so far, I understand that any inductive load like a motor needs some reactive power to function (...
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### Can battery inverters output reactive power?

This inverter manufacturer's Paper Bad Power Factor? – A reason to oversize your inverter mentions that "inverters can generate reactive power without using any active power." Can battery inverters ...
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### In a transmission line, does the real current interact with reactive impedances?

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab According to the diagram above, if real currents do not interact with reactive impedances, then reactive loads should not worry the ...
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### How does oscillation of reactive power take place between source and load?

I have come to read that reactive power is that power which is constantly oscillating between the source and the load. Can anyone please explain this to me? Suppose an AC source is connected with an ...
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### What is meant by average power in AC circuits?

I read that "The average power is the power averaged over a cycle or number of cycles." I know that the average value of power for both active and reactive power is a constant number. Buy I am ...
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### reactive power in induction machine

Does an induction machine actually consume reactive power?
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### Instantaneous and active power in an ideal switch powered by real source and squared wave

This is a somewhat theoretical question, but one that has some impact on power theory. The circuit in the figure is composed of a real DC source (with non-negligible internal resistance) and feeds a ...
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### What is the required VA rating of the transformer in this LTSpice power supply?

I have this circuit that I'm going to build, including the transformer. It is a simple power supply, with RC filters and one choke, I know all the voltages and currents. Because I will design, wind ...
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### How does energy dissipates in a purely reactive circuit?

Suppose in a home, power factor drops to zero. It means that the circuit becomes purely inductive. If the energy meter is connected at incoming power supply point,will the energy meter still keep on ...
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### Understanding equation for the quality factor of an RLC circuit?

In my textbook for a course on Circuit Analysis I came across an equation for the quality-factor of an RLC circuit. However, I don't quite understand their reasoning. The explanation that follows is a ...
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### Is there a mathematical proof that reactive power regulates voltage?

So after studying the power triangle and trying to conceptualize real power and reactive power, I seem to have come across a contradiction, at least in my own head. Most explanations disregard ...
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### Calculating reactive power on kVAr?

I think I understand how to answer this question but am missing how to do a certain part which stops me from getting their. For this question this is all I know how to do. cos-1(0.31) = 71.94° ...
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### What is the source of reactive power generated by the alternator?

We know an alternator or in general any source of energy does not generate energy but converts one type of energy into some other usable form. An electric generator produces both real and reactive ...
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### Why transformer is heating without load [closed]

I'm working as technician in computer store and I have a lot of scrap transformers . Most of them small and have 6-8 pins .I wonder, can I use them for my projects ? If I remember correctly these ...
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### Adding an additional motor to a load

You have a 500kVA load with a power factor of 0.6 lag. You add an additional synchronous motor with an input of 80kW and max power factor of 0.8 leading. Determine the reactive power and the overall ...
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### Example of Electrical Apparatus that draw leading VARS and Electrical Apparatus that draw lagging VARS [closed]

I understand that an AC inductive circuit will draw lagging vars while a capacitive AC circuit will draw leading vars (ELI the ICE man), but what are some examples of real-life electrical apparatus ...
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### What is the direction of negative reactive power

In a R+1/(jwC) load (AC)voltage lags current with θ degrees. Reactive power Q is negative because sin(θ) is negative. My question is how can a capacitive load deliver power to the source wich is ...
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### Reactive vs Real Power in DC-DC Converters

I don't understand which form of power, reactive or real, should be dominant in a maximally efficient DC-DC boost converter. As the circuit charges the inductor, the current and voltage will be out ...
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### simulate a motor with resistor and inductor

I want to simulate a motor with a resistor and inductor. It means I want to connect a resistor and inductor to 1-phase or 3-phase instead of a motor. For achieving this goal I have to measure both ...
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### Why is power factor such a meaningful quantity?

In my current electrical engineering course the concept of power factor has been a large topic, defined as the ratio of real power to apparent power. It is a measure of resistive power consumption in ...
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### Active Energy, Reactive Energy or just Energy?

I understand the concepts of active power, reactive power and apparent power. I am not sure I am getting the complete concept about the respective energies. I am using an energy monitor to record ...
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### Static VAr Compensation

I have to design a 3 phase Reactive Power Compensation System with using only reactors, no capacitor is needed. Total capacity is 505kVAr, but 475kVAr will be done with contactors, rest (30kVAr) will ...
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### Determine the power dissipated in W in the 5 Ω resistor [closed]

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab Excuse me for my really bad use of the schematic feature I just didn't know how to switch to the phasor domain. Anyway, I'm asked to ...
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### Parallel resonant induction heater

I implemented a parallel LC induction heater using theory. I made a simple square wave Inverter providing a frequency of 20kHz to the tuned LC circuit. The problem I'm facing is that my tank is not ...
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### When transformer rating is in kVA, why load is mentioned in WATTS?

The transformer rating is given in kVA, but the load connected is always considered in watts. Why? Eventhough, the load active power is represented in watts it has some reactive power, right? Is ...
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### How to compute active power with current

I'm working with an electric resistor (oven resistor) and I want to compute the active power with an embedded system. My idea is to use a current probe around the phase wire to acquire the current ...
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### Why reactive power is constant?

In a transformer let us assume a load is connected consuming certain active power; say 5000 W. Now if we put a different load of low power factor consuming same amount of active power, now here the ...
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### Tool for measuring Real and Reactive Power [closed]

I am currently doing a project where I need the Real power (P) and Reactive power(Q) measurement for a Refrigerator. I understand that if I can measure AC Voltage(V) and AC Current(A) for the ...
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### Reactive power overcompensation causing voltage increase at generator buses?

Consider the following system below, nine buses, 3 loads and 3 generators. From my understanding of reactive power, lagging power factors (per unit voltage less than 1) causes the reactive power to ...
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### Power reading in different places

Currently, I have a software which able to read voltage, current, active power, apparent power and reactive power from appliances which I assume the readings should be approximately same even though I ...
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### Determining V and I from limited data

I am the recipient of an incomplete set of data for several 120 volt, single phase, AC drive systems driving induction motors under various loads. The measurements were taken at the AC voltage source. ...