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Carbon Brushes (June 2013): Brush Surface Conditions

June 14, 2013
Heavy Serrated Surface - The causes of this condition are normally atmospheric contamination or lack of load current. This condition will grow worse over time if not addressed.
Copper Particles - Copper pick-up from the commutator can result from copper drag problems or heavy peak loads. This condition will continue to cause commutator wear.
Brushholder Markings - These brushes have wear markings on the front and back surfaces where they contact the brushholder. It's obvious that they are riding up and down on a rough commutator surface. Surface rounding brushes may provide a temporary solution until the next scheduled maintenance.
Frayed Shunts - You know you're in trouble when... The vibration caused by rough commutation leads to this dangerous condition that can only be corrected by turning the out-of-round commutator.
Photos courtesy of National Electrical Carbon.

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