Fasteners and General Corrosion of Electrical Motors

Electrical engineering root cause analysis (RCA) related to fasteners & general corrosion found on motor housing and accessories.

Article Type:Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
Equipment Type:Motors
Author:S. Raghava Chari

Note: This root cause analysis (RCA) is from real-time scenarios that happened in industries during the tenure of two or three decades ago. These articles will help you to improve your troubleshooting skills and knowledge.

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Motor vicinity situated start/stop push button housings, their cover screws, motors steel sheet fans and fan covers and fasteners in general corroded away in the plant highly unscrewing the hydroscopic, corrosive dusty environs.

In addition, corrosion-frozen stubborn fasteners drill out and tapping new threads extended even simple few minutes jobs into several hours.

The frustrated workman broke lamps glass domes to replace fused electric bulbs. All these reduced plant availabilities.

Fasteners and General Corrosion of Electrical Motors

Author Solution

The following eliminated the entire problems:

  1. Use threads greased slotted hex head screwdriver SS screws only up to 6-mm dia, threads grease smear prevents body threads corrosion, hence grease ing SS fasteners also
  2. To save costs retain larger dia steel fasteners, but never forget greasing
  3. Install all field push-button stations inside self-closing FRP boxes. Ribbed instead of plain sheet boxes are rigid and last longer
  4. Provide lean-to-roof over dusty area situated outdoor transformers 
  5. Replace end of life street light poles with concrete poles

Author: S. Raghava Chari

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