Temporary Motor Data

Figure 1: Temporary Motor Data Dialog Box

Option Descriptions
Option Description

Motor Load

HP and kVA: These list the input HP and calculated kVA.

Load Model

This indicates the choice made in the Power Flow tab of the regular database dialog, either Motor Specifications or SCADA.

Load Type

Motors can be modeled for the power flow solution in several different ways.

  • Constant kVA: This is the most common model. It is conservative, and results in slightly lower voltage values than would be measured on an actual system.
  • Constant Current: This model is generally not used in motor modeling. It more closely matches an induction motor's characteristics in the reactive component than other models, but is technically incorrect because kW is relatively constant throughout the voltage range for an induction motor.
  • Constant Impedance: This model is used for starting induction and synchronous machines, and closely matches motor characteristics during low voltages.
  • Constant kW + j Current: This model is a combination of the above models and more closely matches actual motor characteristics within normal operating voltages.
Scaling Factor

Provides an easy way of adjusting the total motor load used in determining power flows. By changing the scaling factor, the actual HP (total connected value) entered in the HP field can remain static. This reduces modeling errors and eliminates multiple databases for different contingencies.

Motor Starting

Start Motor: When this check box is selected, it declares the selected motor as a starting motor in the current motor load. This only takes effect when you click  Solve Motor

However, motor starting load is ignored when you click Power Flow. Note that the starting motor HP does not become part of the power flow solution.

Motor HP

Starting motor horsepower.


The motor kVA rating per horsepower.

Locked Rotor Mult

Starting motor locked rotor multiplier. Typical values are 6 for induction motors and 4-5 for synchronous motors. The locked rotor multiplier is the reciprocal of the starting motor subtransient reactance (X"dv).

Power Factor

Starting motor power factor. This is typically between 12-15% for most machines.

Tip: Click DB Info to view all of the item's database information.

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