Patent Number: 7,612,519

Title: Control arrangement for an induction motor compressor having at least three windings, a torque-augmentation circuit, a starting capacitor and a resistive element

Abstract: Apparatus for driving a three-phase compressor assembly from a single-phase electrical power supply having first and second power lines, said three-phase compressor assembly comprising a compressor having a rotatable shaft, an electrical motor having a rotatable shaft coupled to the rotatable shaft of the compressor, the electrical motor having at least first, second and third motor windings and having at least first, second and third terminals connected to the first, second and third windings, means adapted to connect the first and second power lines of the single-phase power supply to the first and second terminals and a torque augmentation circuit for injecting current into the third terminal and including a capacitor and an electrical component in series with the capacitor, said electrical component having resistive characteristics and having means for essentially interrupting the current being injected into the third terminal.

Inventors: Smith; Otto J. M. (Berkeley, CA)


International Classification: H02P 23/00 (20060101); H02P 25/00 (20060101); H02P 25/18 (20060101); H02P 29/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017