Skip to Main Content
Application considerations for fixed-speed motors utilized in hazardous locations are not new to the electrical community and have been discussed previously and are relatively well known in the petroleum industry. Documented guidelines for these applications are currently established, are primarily centered on motor-temperature-rise limitations and the use of nonsparking fans in class-1 division-2/zone-2 locations. However, there are additional considerations when motors and their associated loads are on inverter supply. Items such as the effect on motor temperature rise when operating at reduced speeds for units without independently powered blowers, the effect of nonsinusoidal supply at the motor terminals on motor temperature rise as well as rotor voltage related phenomenon are relevant items. This paper identifies and provides guidelines particular to inverter-fed applications for class-1 division-2 installations.