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Inside Delta Connection: What is it and why would I use it?

Inside delta connection (also called six-wire connection) places the soft starter SCRs in series with each motor winding. This means that the soft starter carries only phase current, not line current. This allows the soft starter to control a motor of larger than normal full load current.

When using an inside delta connection, a main contactor or shunt trip MCCB must also be used to disconnect the motor and soft starter from the supply in the event of a trip.

Inside delta connection:

  • simplifies replacement of star/delta starters because the existing wiring can be used.
  • may reduce installation cost. Soft starter cost will be reduced but there are additional cabling and main contactor costs. The cost equation must be considered on an individual basis.

Only motors that allow each end of all three motor windings to be connected separately can be controlled using the inside delta connection method.

Not all soft starters can be connected in inside delta.