Protector for Electronic Appliance with Three-Phase Power

Protector for Electronic Appliance with Three-Phase Power

This is the circuit design of the protector for electronic appliance with three-phase power supply. Many of electronic appliances need three-phase AC supply to work. If there is any failure of any of the phases, then it will make the appliance prone to erratic functioning and may even lead to failure. Hence it is of paramount importance to monitor the availability of the three-phase supply and switch off the electronic appliance if found any failure on one or two phases. The power to the appliance should resume with the availability of all phases of the supply with certain time delay in order to avoid surges and momentary fluctuations.

The electronic appliance protector needs three-phase AC power, three 12V relays and a timer IC NE555 along with 230V coil contactor having four poles to switch on and switch off the appliance.

How the protector circuit works

Relays RL1 and RL2 act as a sensing devices for phases Y (Yellow) and B (Blue), respectively. These relays are connected such that each acts as an enabling device for the subsequent relay. Therefore the combination of the relays forms a logical AND gate connected serially.

The availability of phase R (Red) energises relay RL1 and its normally opened (N/O) contacts close to connect phase Y to the input of transformer X2. The availability of phase Y energises relay RL2 and its N/O contacts close to connect phase B to the input of transformer X3, thus applying a triggering input to timer IC NE555 (IC1).

Therefore the delay timer built around NE555 triggers only when all the phases (R, Y and B) are available. It provides a delay of approximately four seconds, which energises relay RL3 and its N/O contact closes to connect the line to the energising coil of four-pole contactor relay RL4. Contactor RL4 closes to ensure the availability of the three-phase power supply to the appliance.

The rating of contactor RL4 can be selected according to the full-load current rating of the appliances. Here the contact current rating of the four-pole contactor is up to 32A. The availability of phases R, Y and B is monitored by appropriate LEDs connected across the secondary windings of transformers X1, X2 and X3, respectively. Hence this circuit does not require a separate indicator lamp for monitoring the availability of the three phases. When phase R is available, LED1 glows. When phase Y is available, LED2 glows. When phase B is available, LED3 glows.

The main advantage of this protector circuit is that it protects three-phase appliances from failure of any of the mounted on the backside of cabinet. Connect the appliance through external wires.

WARNING: The circuit contains mains high voltage. Make sure the AC mains is disconnected during assembly of the circuit and double check everything before connecting your circuit to the AC mains.

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