# How do you size a motor controller?

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## How do you size a motor circuit protector?

You must size the conductors at 125% of the motor FLC [430.22(A)]. You must size the overloads no more than 115% to 125% of the motor nameplate current rating, depending on the conditions [430.32(A)(1)]. You must size the short-circuit ground-fault protection device from 150% to 300% of the motor FLC [Table 430.52].

## When sizing a conductor for a motor circuit according to NEC 430 what is the minimum size of conductor allowed?

Part II.

Per [430.22], size motor branch-circuit conductors no smaller than 125 percent of the motor FLC rating listed in Table 430.147 or 430.148 (Figure 430-4).

## Where in the NEC would you find the requirements for most motor controllers?

NFPA 70’s National Electric Code (NEC) is an enforceable standard by Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) that defines the specific requirements for motors in Article 430. This section defines the general requirements for motors, conductor sizes, ampacities, protection requirements, and several other considerations.

## How do I choose a motor breaker?

How to choose a motor circuit breaker?

1. Long delay current setting value—motor rated current.
2. Instantaneous setting current. …
3. The returnable time of the 6 times long delay current setting value ≥ the actual starting time of the motor.

## What size breaker do I need for a 50 hp motor?

Full-Load Current and Circuit Protection Data for Three-Phase AC Motors

Motor Horsepower Breaker Size
40 230 V 460 V 175 100
50 230 V 460 V 200 150
60 230 V 460 V 250 200
75 230 V 460 V 300 200

## What size breaker do I need for a 4 hp motor?

How to Calculate How What Size Circuit Breaker a Machine will Need:

HorsePower of Main Motor 220 Volts, 1 phase 220 Volts, 3 phase
1 Hp 5.6 Amps 2.8
2 11.2 5.6
3 16.8 8.4
4 22.4 11.2

## How do you size a motor overload?

The overloads are determined using 125% of the FLA, 7A x 1.25 = 8.75A. The maximum allowable size for the overloads is 9.8A. The overloads can be sized at 140% of the FLA if the overloads trip at rated load or will not allow the motor to start, 7A x 1.4 = 9.8A.

## What section of code article 430 is used to size the short circuit and ground fault protection for a single motor?

Part IV of NEC Article 430 lists the requirements for motor overcurrent protection. This includes branch circuit short circuit and ground fault protection for the motor, the motor control equipment and the conductors.

## What section of code article 430 is used to size the ampere rating for the disconnecting means used with a single motor?

4. Section 430.24 refers to 430.6(A) to determine the full-load currents of the motors. Section 430.6(A) requires the ampere rating of a motor to be taken from Article 430 tables where sizing of conductors is concerned. Table 430.248 rates a 5-horsepower single-phase, 230-volt motor full-load current at 28 amperes.

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## Does a motor controller need to open all conductors to the motor?

The motor controller is required to open only as many conductors of the circuit as necessary to start and stop the motor (430.84). For example, one conductor must open to control a two-wire, single-phase motor; two conductors must open to control a three-wire, 3-phase motor.

## Can a cord and plug serve as means of disconnect?

For cord-and-plug- (or attachment fitting–) connected appliances, an accessible separable connector or an accessible plug (or attachment fitting) and receptacle combination shall be permitted to serve as the disconnecting means.