Direct On Line Starter

Introduction:

  • Different starting methods are employed for starting induction motors because Induction Motor draws more starting current during starting. To prevent damage to the windings due to the high starting current flow, we employ different types of starters.
  • The simplest form of motor starter for the induction motor is the Direct On Line starter. The DOL starter consist a MCCB or Circuit Breaker, Contactor and an overload relay for protection. Electromagnetic contactor which can be opened by the thermal overload relay under fault conditions.
  • Typically, the contactor will be controlled by separate start and stop buttons, and an auxiliary contact on the contactor is used, across the start button, as a hold in contact. I.e. the contactor is electrically latched closed while the motor is operating.

Principle of DOL:

  •  To start, the contactor is closed, applying full line voltage to the motor windings. The motor will draw a very high inrush current for a very short time, the magnetic field in the iron, and then the current will be limited to the Locked Rotor Current of the motor. The motor will develop Locked Rotor Torque and begin to accelerate towards full speed.
  • As the motor accelerates, the current will begin to drop, but will not drop significantly until the motor is at a high speed, typically about 85% of synchronous speed. The actual starting current curve is a function of the motor design, and the terminal voltage, and is totally independent of the motor load.
  • The motor load will affect the time taken for the motor to accelerate to full speed and therefore the duration of the high starting current, but not the magnitude of the starting current.
  • Provided the torque developed by the motor exceeds the load torque at all speeds during the start cycle, the motor will reach full speed. If the torque delivered by the motor is less than the torque of the load at any speed during the start cycle, the motor will stops accelerating. If the starting torque with a DOL starter is insufficient for the load, the motor must be replaced with a motor which can develop a higher starting torque.
  • The acceleration torque is the torque developed by the motor minus the load torque, and will change as the motor accelerates due to the motor speed torque curve and the load speed torque curve. The start time is dependent on the acceleration torque and the load inertia.
  • DOL starting have a maximum start current and maximum start torque. This may cause an electrical problem with the supply, or it may cause a mechanical problem with the driven load. So this will be inconvenient for the users of the supply line, always experience a voltage drop when starting a motor. But if this motor is not a high power one it does not affect much.

Parts of DOL Starters:

(1)   Contactors & Coil.

  • Magnetic contactors are electromagnetically operated switches that provide a safe and convenient means for connecting and interrupting branch circuits.
  • Magnetic motor controllers use electromagnetic energy for closing switches. The electromagnet consists of a coil of wire placed on an iron core. When a current flow through the coil, the iron of the magnet becomes magnetized, attracting an iron bar called the armature. An interruption of the current flow through the coil of wire causes the armature to drop out due to the presence of an air gap in the magnetic circuit.

  • Line-voltage magnetic motor starters are electromechanical devices that provide a safe, convenient, and economical means of starting and stopping motors, and have the advantage of being controlled remotely. The great bulk of motor controllers sold are of this type.
  • Contactors are mainly used to control machinery which uses electric motors. It consists of a coil which connects to a voltage source. Very often for Single phase Motors, 230V coils are used and for three phase motors, 415V coils are used. The contactor has three main NO contacts and lesser power rated contacts named as Auxiliary Contacts [NO and NC] used for the control circuit. A contact is conducting metal parts which completes or interrupt an electrical circuit.
  • NO-normally open
  • NC-normally closed

(2)   Over Load Relay (Overload protection).

  • Overload protection for an electric motor is necessary to prevent burnout and to ensure maximum operating life.
  • Under any condition of overload, a motor draws excessive current that causes overheating. Since motor winding insulation deteriorates due to overheating, there are established limits on motor operating temperatures to protect a motor from overheating. Overload relays are employed on a motor control to limit the amount of current drawn.
  • The overload relay does not provide short circuit protection. This is the function of over current protective equipment like fuses and circuit breakers, generally located in the disconnecting switch enclosure.
  • The ideal and easiest way for overload protection for a motor is an element with current-sensing properties very similar to the heating curve of the motor which would act to open the motor circuit when full-load current is exceeded. The operation of the protective device should be such that the motor is allowed to carry harmless over-loads but is quickly removed from the line when an overload has persisted too long.
  • Normally fuses are not designed to provide overload protection. Fuse is protecting against short circuits (over current protection). Motors draw a high inrush current when starting and conventional fuses have no way of distinguishing between this temporary and harmless inrush current and a damaging overload. Selection of Fuse is depend on motor full-load current, would “blow” every time the motor is started. On the other hand, if a fuse were chosen large enough to pass the starting or inrush current, it would not protect the motor against small, harmful overloads that might occur later.
  • The overload relay is the heart of motor protection. It has inverse-trip-time characteristics, permitting it to hold in during the accelerating period (when inrush current is drawn), yet providing protection on small overloads above the full-load current when the motor is running. Overload relays are renewable and can withstand repeated trip and reset cycles without need of replacement. Overload relays cannot, however, take the place of over current protection equipment.

  • The overload relay consists of a current-sensing unit connected in the line to the motor, plus a mechanism, actuated by the sensing unit, which serves, directly or indirectly, to break the circuit.
  • Overload relays can be classified as being thermal, magnetic, or electronic.
  1. Thermal Relay: As the name implies, thermal overload relays rely on the rising temperatures caused by the overload current to trip the overload mechanism. Thermal overload relays can be further subdivided into two types: melting alloy and bimetallic.
  2. Magnetic Relay: Magnetic overload relays react only to current excesses and are not affected by temperature.
  3. Electronic Relay: Electronic or solid-state overload relays, provide the combination of high-speed trip, adjustability, and ease of installation. They can be ideal in many precise applications.

Wiring of DOL Starter:

(1)   Main Contact:

  • Contactor is connecting among Supply Voltage, Relay Coil and Thermal Overload Relay.
  • L1 of Contactor Connect (NO) to R Phase through MCCB
  • L2 of Contactor Connect (NO) to Y Phase through MCCB
  • L3 of Contactor Connect (NO) to B Phase through MCCB.
  • NO Contact (-||-):
  • (13-14 or 53-54) is a normally Open NO contact (closes when the relay energizes)
  • Contactor Point 53 is connecting to Start Button Point (94) and 54 Point of Contactor is connected to Common wire of Start/Stop Button.
  • NC Contact (-|/|-):
  • (95-96) is a normally closed NC contact (opens when the thermal overloads trip if associated with the overload block)

(2)   Relay Coil Connection:

  • A1 of Relay Coil is connecting to any one Supply Phase and A2 is connecting to Thermal over Load Relay’s NC Connection (95).

(3)   Thermal Overload Relay Connection:

  • T1,T2,T3 are connect to Thermal Overload Relay
  • Overload Relay is Connecting between Main Contactor and Motor
  • NC Connection (95-96) of Thermal Overload Relay is connecting to Stop Button and Common Connection of Start/Stop Button.

Wiring Diagram of DOL Starter:

Working of DOL Starter:

  • The main heart of DOL starter is Relay Coil. Normally it gets one phase constant from incoming supply Voltage (A1).when Coil gets second Phase relay coil energizes and Magnet of Contactor produce electromagnetic field and due to this Plunger of Contactor will move and Main Contactor of starter will closed and Auxiliary will change its position NO become NC and NC become (shown Red Line in Diagram)  .
  • Pushing Start Button:
  • When We Push the start Button Relay Coil will get second phase from Supply Phase-Main contactor(5)-Auxiliary Contact(53)-Start button-Stop button-96-95-To Relay Coil (A2).Now Coil energizes and Magnetic field produce by Magnet and Plunger of Contactor move. Main Contactor closes and Motor gets supply at the same time Auxiliary contact become (53-54) from NO to NC .
  • Release Start Button:
  • Relay coil gets supply even though we release Start button. When We release Start Push Button Relay Coil gets Supply phase from Main contactor (5)-Auxiliary contactor (53) – Auxiliary contactor (54)-Stop Button-96-95-Relay coil (shown Red / Blue Lines in Diagram).
  • In Overload Condition of Motor will be stopped by intermission of Control circuit at Point 96-95.
  • Pushing Stop Button:
  • When we push Stop Button Control circuit of Starter will be break at stop button and Supply of Relay coil is broken, Plunger moves and close contact of Main Contactor becomes Open, Supply of Motor is disconnected.

 Motor Starting Characteristics on DOL Starter:

  • Available starting current:    100%.
  • Peak starting current:           6 to 8 Full Load Current.
  • Peak starting torque:            100%

Advantages of DOL Starter:

  1. Most Economical and Cheapest Starter
  2. Simple to establish, operate and maintain
  3. Simple Control Circuitry
  4. Easy to understand and trouble‐shoot.
  5. It provides 100% torque at the time of starting.
  6. Only one set of cable is required from starter to motor.
  7. Motor is connected in delta at motor terminals.

Disadvantages of DOL Starter:

  1.  It does not reduce the starting current of the motor.
  2. High Starting Current: Very High Starting Current (Typically 6 to 8 times the FLC of the motor).
  3. Mechanically Harsh: Thermal Stress on the motor, thereby reducing its life.
  4. Voltage Dip: There is a big voltage dip in the electrical installation because of high in-rush current affecting other customers connected to the same lines and therefore not suitable for higher size squirrel cage motors
  5. High starting Torque: Unnecessary high starting torque, even when not required by the load, thereby increased mechanical stress on the mechanical systems such as rotor shaft, bearings, gearbox, coupling, chain drive, connected equipments, etc. leading to premature failure and plant downtimes.

Features of DOL starting

  • For low- and medium-power three-phase motors
  • Three connection lines (circuit layout: star or delta)
  • High starting torque
  • Very high mechanical load
  • High current peaks
  • Voltage dips
  • Simple switching devices

DOL is Suitable for:

  • A direct on line starter can be used if the high inrush current of the motor does not cause excessive voltage drop in the supply circuit. The maximum size of a motor allowed on a direct on line starter may be limited by the supply utility for this reason. For example, a utility may require rural customers to use reduced-voltage starters for motors larger than 10 kW.
  • DOL starting is sometimes used to start small water pumps, compressors, fans and conveyor belts.

DOL is not suitable for:

  • The peak starting current would result in a serious voltage drop on the supply system
  • The equipment being driven cannot tolerate the effects of very high peak torque loadings
  • The safety or comfort of those using the equipment may be compromised by sudden starting as, for example, with escalators and lifts.
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Jignesh Parmar has completed his B.E(Electrical) from Gujarat University. He has more than 11 years experience in Power Transmission-Power Distribution-Electrical energy theft detection-Electrical Maintenance-Electrical Projects(Planning-Designing-coordination-Execution). He is Presently associate with one of the leading business group as a Assistant Manager at Ahmedabad,India. He is Freelancer Programmer of Advance Excel and design useful Excel Sheets of Electrical Engineering as per IS,NEC,IEC,IEEE codes. He is technical Author for "Electrical Mirror" and "Electrical India" Magazines. He is Technical Blogger and Familiar with English, Hindi, Gujarati, French languages. He wants to Share his experience & knowledge and help technical enthusiasts to find suitable solutions and updating themselves on various Engineering Topics.

57 Responses to Direct On Line Starter

  1. Lazarous says:

    This page has very useful information. You are doing a tremendous job

  2. mozes says:

    Thanks for the info, man..Its so brief and to the point. How do you choose the right cable, MCB, Contactor, overload sizes for induction motors. Any method?
    Thanks.

    • Shafiq Ur Rehman says:

      How do you choose the right cable, MCB, Contactor, overload sizes for induction motors. Any method?

  3. hira says:

    in many industry dol starter used for upto 15 or 20 hp motor. but there also used upto 30 hp motor. why ?

    • As Torque is directly proportional to Current, for loads of higher torque requirements( like hammering metal industries)even for 50HP squirrel cage motors, where the electric installation network is much stronger – still use DOL starting, mostly in Asian countries.

    • Sajal Mukherjee says:

      when the source is strong, then high capacity motors can also be started with DOL mode as in this case the dip in voltage will not be affected

  4. Deepak Dhiman says:

    Very helpfull to know working even i am a fresher diploma engineer.

    Thanks

  5. A Pedersen says:

    How would an e-stop be incorporated into this circuit, through the stop connection and contactor?

    • Badri Narayanan says:

      By e-stop, if you mean emergency stop, then use this instead of the stop push button which is generally a part of the control wiring of a DOL Starter. A simple emergency stop (either push-pull / twist to release / key release) can be used with an NC contact. But generally speaking, Em stop is not really required for starters. If you have safety issues, then pls go ahead with em stop buttons with key or padlock.

  6. Balaprakash says:

    Cant we use dol starters for Axilary Switching of Working motor to spare motor Automatically.

  7. Janardhan says:

    The above topic was very interesting & use full for me. Now I understood what is DOL starter.
    Thank you very much.

  8. shreedevi says:

    thanks for your information amazing knowledgeable gift

  9. Oryech Sedrick says:

    Splendid yo description is so understandable n it made it so easy 4 me to understand DOL starters

  10. naveen bodaballa says:

    thanks a lot, this page was very use ful

  11. Vignesh says:

    Superb.its very useful to me

  12. Vignesh says:

    Good

  13. too informative & very useful Sir …keep rolling such a nice stuff…thanks a lot.

  14. Trevor Hobart says:

    I have a question I would like to ask I am an electrician but I do not have any experience in control wiring I have installed a DOL starter on a pump but they now want a float switch and a flow switch to control the circuit can you please draw a circuit for me.

    • Shane Gobey says:

      could you please send me also the diagram for the DOL starter with float switch that switches on and off.

    • sadiq says:

      if you must include a float swich into the circuit..let the control life wire that supply to the thermal overload relay pass through the float swich N.C contact before reaching contact 95 of the T.O.R.so that the float swich wil hv the ability to open the contact that power of the control starts from

  15. Pankaj patil says:

    I am fresher electrician plese help in dol+leval sencer and relay wring

  16. Badri Narayanan says:

    I have a situation wherein the motor is initially started using a start push button. But in case of a power cut, the motor has to start automatically (in an instant with minimum delay), i.e. without me having to use the start push button again. I tried using On delay timers but the result is not very satisfactory. Let me know your views.

  17. shambho more says:

    It is very useful information on the page u have do very tremendous job

  18. Muhammad says:

    Excellent stuff…. U r very generous in spreading knowledge. Mashallah

  19. Pradeep Vyas says:

    excellent sir…salute to u…

  20. nilesh kapuriya says:

    its a really very important and useful for me…and everyone…

  21. Aura table says:

    You smashed it once more my buddy carry on the excellent work I generally get excitement from your articles!
    !

  22. Albert Yanzu says:

    how can i connect direct online starter to a flourescent lamp.PLZ what is the difference in drawing of 3phase and single phase direct online starter

    • DOL Starter for Fluorescent Lamp !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Not getting your point..

      • Albert says:

        what i meant was that can u hint me on single phase direct online starter controlling a fluorescent lamp?was thinking DOL was meant for controlling motors, pumps,compressors and conveyors but was asked to draw the control diagram in one of my interviews as regard controlling fluorescent lamp

  23. malebogo moupi says:

    am realy interested on the criteria used on the selection of motor overload relay

  24. deodat siriram says:

    I’ve learn a lot from the information provided

  25. salim says:

    hi,

    One of my consultant proposed DOL starter for 150 hp motor. Is it possible.
    Awaiting for your kind reply.

  26. Daniel meresha says:

    thanks for sharing your knowledge

  27. bijay says:

    Very nice work…itz clear cut…thanks a lot..

  28. Warren Lang says:

    does it make a difference how far the DOL starter is from the motor?

  29. Orlando Candido says:

    Is it possible to use DOL starter for 600 KW motor.

  30. Eng Douglas says:

    You are so wonderfuf. Please send email about autotransfomer: diagram and its operation. Thanks and be blessed.

  31. vijay says:

    massive explanations you done a good job. thanks for this article

  32. Alexander isoe says:

    a powerful explanation

  33. Mogeni Bob says:

    thanks for the notes.

  34. Sandeep Anbazhagan says:

    Thanks for the information. Can you please explain how a auto, local DOL starter works?

  35. Tayo Taiwo says:

    Thanks 4 ur help!

  36. Parth says:

    D.o.l starter is which motor will in used???

  37. biju says:

    now actualy it is confused that DOL only used upto 5 kw otherwise it may be connected with VFD.and more than 5kw we are using star delta. pls comment for this
    regards
    Biju

  38. savanty says:

    hanks for the notes

  39. Ibrah washo says:

    Hi,it’s good

  40. Mohamed Abdelsameea says:

    Water pump 60 kw we can use the DOL methode to start this pump and please u can calculate the circuit breaker ,contractor and the cable size if the total length is 120 meter?

  41. darwin says:

    thanks for sharing your knowledge. Now i understand about dol.

  42. ruchit joshi says:

    thanks i have verify this concept practically.

  43. suthar jaimin says:

    thanks sir my big halp to this site
    very very thanks

  44. SAHAD.A.F says:

    sir

    Please inform. upto how much KW we can use DOL starter. Also please give the range of Star-Delta starter and starting KW for preferring VFD.

  45. visu says:

    hello sir,
    i have 4 motor 3.7 kw,0.85 kw,0.1 kw & 0.2kw, all this motor are work in 3Ph 200V AC
    so i have used 3Ph 15KVA step down transformer(415/200V), i am using DOL stater to on this motor ,when we switch on the 3.7KW motor it staring current is 6to7 time of the rated current
    my worries is this motor will start and stop frequently will affect the transformer and how to reduce the started current of the motor ?

  46. Donald Ruhangarinda. says:

    i have enjoyed this page

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