Revista Brasileira de Engenharia Agrícola e Ambiental
On-line version ISSN 1807-1929
OLIVEIRA FILHO, Delly et al. Utilization of mechanically coupled single phase motors in series in central pivot irrigation system. Rev. bras. eng. agríc. ambient. [online]. 2005, vol.9, n.1, pp. 139-144. ISSN 1807-1929. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-43662005000100022.
The utilization of central pivot irrigation system requires in most cases high electric power which imply in high initial investment. Most of the Brazilian farms are electrified in the single phase electrical system, due to the fact that their implementation requires only about 40% of the initial investment as compared to three phase system. In Brazilian market the highest available power of single phase motors is 9.2 kW (12.5 hp). To supply power demand above this limit with single phase system one could couple mechanically the single phase motors in series. The objective of this work was to estimate the efficiency of such coupling system and to evaluate the economic and technical feasibility compared with other forms of energy supply such as diesel and three phase electrical system.
Keywords : energy management; mechanical transmission; sprinklers.