1.Why star delta
starter is preferred with induction motor?
2. State the
difference between generator and alternator
3. Why AC systems
are preferred over DC systems?
4. How can you
relate power engineering with electrical engineering?
5. What are the
various kind of cables used for transmission?
6. Why back emf used
for a dc motor? highlight its significance.
7. What is slip in
an induction motor?
8. Explain the
application of storage batteries.
Why star delta starter is preferred with induction motor?
Star delta starter is preferred with induction motor due to following reasons:
• Starting current is reduced 3-4 times of the direct current due to which
voltage drops and hence it causes less losses.
• Star delta starter circuit comes in circuit first during starting of motor,
which reduces voltage 3 times, that is why current also reduces up to 3 times
and hence less motor burning is caused.
• In addition, starting torque is increased and it prevents the damage of motor
State the difference between generator and alternator
Generator and alternator are two devices, which converts mechanical energy into
electrical energy. Both have the same principle of electromagnetic induction,
the only difference is that their construction. Generator persists stationary
magnetic field and rotating conductor which rolls on the armature with slip
rings and brushes riding against each other, hence it converts the induced emf
into dc current for external load whereas an alternator has a stationary
armature and rotating magnetic field for high voltages but for low voltage
output rotating armature and stationary magnetic field is used.
Why AC systems are preferred over DC systems?
Due to following reasons, AC systems are preferred over DC systems:
a. It is easy to maintain and change the voltage of AC electricity for
transmission and distribution.
b. Plant cost for AC transmission (circuit breakers, transformers etc) is much
lower than the equivalent DC transmission
c. From power stations, AC is produced so it is better to use AC then DC
instead of converting it.
d. When a large fault occurs in a network, it is easier to interrupt in an AC
system, as the sine wave current will naturally tend to zero at some point
making the current easier to interrupt.
How can you relate power engineering with electrical engineering?
Power engineering is a sub division of electrical engineering. It deals with
generation, transmission and distribution of energy in electrical form. Design
of all power equipments also comes under power engineering. Power engineers may
work on the design and maintenance of the power grid i.e. called on grid
systems and they might work on off grid systems that are not connected to the
What are the various kind of cables used for transmission?
Cables, which are used for transmitting power, can be categorized in three
• Low-tension cables, which can transmit voltage upto 1000 volts.
• High-tension cables can transmit voltage upto 23000 volts.
• Super tension cables can transmit voltage 66 kV to 132 kV.
Why back emf used for a dc motor? highlight its significance.
The induced emf developed when the rotating conductors of the armature between
the poles of magnet, in a DC motor, cut the magnetic flux, opposes the current
flowing through the conductor, when the armature rotates, is called back emf.
Its value depends upon the speed of rotation of the armature conductors. In
starting, the value of back emf is zero.
What is slip in an induction motor?
Slip can be defined as the difference between the flux speed (Ns) and the rotor
speed (N). Speed of the rotor of an induction motor is always less than its
synchronous speed. It is usually expressed as a percentage of synchronous speed
(Ns) and represented by the symbol ‘S’.
Explain the application of storage batteries.
Storage batteries are used for various purposes, some of the applications are
• For the operation of protective devices and for emergency lighting at
generating stations and substations.
• For starting, ignition and lighting of automobiles, aircrafts etc.
• For lighting on steam and diesel railways trains.
• As a supply power source in telephone exchange, laboratories and broad
• For emergency lighting at hospitals, banks, rural areas where electricity
supplies are not possible.