Why it is 50Hz, why not other frequency?
Date: 10 Aug 2010 Posted By:
Vijay Kumar Vishwakarma
In our home 50Hz of electrical signal comes, why not 60Hz or other frequency? and why the voltages 230-250V comes to home? Why not other voltage?
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K. Singh Mohindra
06 Sep 2010 Member Level:
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The Indian power supply rule of India is 220-250 Volts and 50 Hz, the major reason is the the Indian temprature is higher and High frequency can heat up wiring etc. In the north hilly station the temprature is low. But we can not change the Power frequency to 60Hz due to we need to change the standards of all elecrical equipments also.
The frequency of 50Hz need the voltage of 220-250 and frequency of 60Hz needs less voltage.
The countries like US is using 60Hz. So that all the appliences that use electricity require to maintain standards of 60Hz.
The major harm of 50Hz is that the power supply with 220-250 can harmful to human.
But the 60Hz supply with less voltage has less harmful for human list.
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S A Delphin
07 Sep 2010 Member Level:
Points : 5 (
Tesla decided that 60 Hz was the right
frequency for AC power distribution,later some British scientist decided that it should be 50 Hz. But we could not find the superior one amongst the both as they both have advantages and disadvantages over places... I'll try to convince you without bringing in technical terms as far as i could..
There two kind of power loss in the form of heat while the AC power is distributed to our home namely constant loss and variable loss due to the resistance and impedance of the transmission lines and transformers.
In those two losses the constant loss is fixed for a particular amount of load but the variable loss is depend on the frequency. if the frequency is more the variable loss will be high when a impedance load connected at home. That why we stick on 50Hz..
You may think why don't we go for 40Hz or less then ! If we still reduce the frequency the efficiency of transmission lines will fall...
that's why tesla recommended 50Hz for distribution.. at where we will get maximum efficiency of the transmission lines with constant and variable losses...
Let's come to the voltage..
While calculating output voltage of a AC generator a constant called form factor is multiplied with the maximum voltage. The value of form factor is 1.1. So the voltage use for distribution will be always multiples of 1.1 . Like 55, 110, 220, 440, 11k, 22k, 33k,.. and so on..
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