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Re: Load sharing module woodward

Hi there,


is Woodward the only manufacturer for Load Sharing Modules like the following one?


Woodward Load Sharing Module LSM


Can you recommend any other producer and if yes how are your experiences?


Kind regards,



Cat Dealer

Re: Load sharing module woodward

First of all George, if you are working in Riyadh, then this problem was actually created by your own team. As i visited the site & on the very first visit i found droop CTs were fixed on phase V rather phase U and this information was passed by your own technicians from Jeddah. These are the wordings which your technicians have informed me. Originally the case was that AVRs were burning due to unknown reason, as Droop CT rating wasn't clear among the specsheets of R448. Later i explored the R448 catalogue & found out the rating was 1A on secondary end. The wrong information was spread among your collegues that shifting all CTs on phase V of 1600:5A will solve their problem which actually wasn't the case. This is my personal experience which i have solved & send notification to your Co. aswell.



1) Droop CT shall be of 1600:1 or 2000:1 not 1600:5 or 2000:5 (bigger CT of 5Acan be used if the secondary end has less amperage)



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Re: Load sharing module woodward

WQuader do you have the same load sharing module on both units or compatable LSM and have they been setup for the same voltage output at full load?  Most Woodwards LSM are 6 volts at full load.  You should be able to parallel units at no-load.  You may have some units that are quarky and won't like it but most should do with out issues for a short term.  Can you put any kind of load on them at the start, station service or something, just 50 to 100 kw's should do.


Lloyd Sawatzky
Electrical Technologist, Team Leader
(work for a utility)

Re: Load sharing module woodward

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Carl (cjcesare), the system that George has he is basically the utility.  Yes you are right you can't run a small or single generator in Isoch to a utility grid or Infinite Bus as we call it.  For putting a generator onto an infinite bus you need a special controller to parallel with the grid.  You need a var/pf controller to maintain a constant power factor or set Vars.


In George's case he is the utility and he will have to run unit's in Isoch to maintain the system frequency.


Lloyd Sawatzky
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(work for a utility)
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Re: Load sharing module woodward



I too have a question ( & problem ) on the LSM on my new C15 Gen (1000KVA) . I have hooked it up to an older model CAT generator same capacity.


When I start both engines, they will NOT synchronise without load. The synchronization works ONLY after load is applied. I do not like this becasue the load is taken up b ythe MASTER ( the new gen.) then transfered to the second


Is this how it is supoed to work ??



Waheed Quader

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Re: Load sharing module woodward

My experience is the isoschronous mode with a governor is needed when the engine generator operates independently from the utility, i.e. using a transfer switch so that the engine genertor are never paralleled with the utility source or other engine generators.  When there are multiple engines that operate in parallel with each other and the utility source, drop mode is used because the speed, hence frequency of the  large machines speed will match the utility source or the first generator connect to a common bus.  I always thought that one of the machines in a multiple engine generator say 6-3516's, would need to be in the isoschronous mode and the rest in the drop mode as George stated.  I have used Woodward DSLC, and LSM's in the past but normally a technician has made the adjustment., probably ignoring what was specified.  Clarification would help?




Re: Load sharing module woodward

A few more comments.


When a unit comes on in droop the unit should be at 0 load and you have to increase speed for the unit to pickup load.


When running units in Isoch the speed control can still affect the bias on the LSM and will change the load compared to the other Isoch units.  If you adjust all Isoch units your system frequency will be affected.  Be cautious adjusting Isoch units.  If one or two units have their bias adjusted too far out and they are the only units left on-line during or after a disturbance your frequency is going to swing to their setpoint with the bias, thus high or low.

Lloyd Sawatzky
Electrical Technologist, Team Leader
(work for a utility)

Re: Load sharing module woodward

A few comments to the above statements:


You can connect different rating of droop units to the same system.

The load sharing units (or Isoch) are the master units controlling the frequency.  The droop units are along for the ride or slaves so to speak to the Isoch units.

CT current needs to be 80 to 100% of range (4 - 5 amps) at full load (typical secondary is 5 amps).  Spec sheet says 3 to 7 amps for FLA.

Unit breaker auxilliary contact must block (open circuit) input to LSM when off-line, open is droop, closed is Isoch.

Also a switch is usually added in series with the breaker auxilliary contact to select droop or Isoch (only affects operation when the breaker is closed).

Load sharing lines must be connected between all possible Isoch units, polarity sensitive.


Other comments:

Droop is the change in speed from no-load to full load and is a unit characteristic and usually not setable.  New electronic  controls allow to be set.

Droop units do not put a signal on the load sharing lines.

To change load on droop unit adjust unit speed, speed stays constant but load changes.

Droop units stay at set load as long as the frequency is maintained.

When the system frequency changes the droop units load will change.  Frequency goes down, unit picks up load and vise versa if frequency increases.

Isoch units maintains the system frequency, to a set value.  In North America usually 60 Hz, in your case probably 50 Hz.

Isoch units will increase or decrease load according to system demands.  Demand goes up, unit load goes up.

If an Isoch unit(s) can't maintain the system frequency or shifts off 60 Hz (during fault, load loss), the droop units will pickup or drop load accordingly.

If you loose your Isoch unit(s), your system frequency is going in the tank. You want mulitple units in Isoch to prevent this.

Most people run their droop units with 80 to 90% load.  This is where they are most fuel efficient.

Load sharing lines need to be adjusted for 3 volt output at full load (most are 6 volt as stated, but spec says 3 volt for this LSM).  Usually done with a load bank, isolated from system during commissioning.

If the load sharing lines are opened or shorted your system is going in the tank again.  Isoch units will fight each other, one to min load (possibly reverse power)and one to max load or overload.

An operator has to watch system load to ensure enough units are running to carry the load or add more load to existing droop units.

You want much more in Droop than in Isoch.  I would say no more than 10 % in Isoch, 6 units for 60 total.

We have a policy to have enough spinning reserve for the loss of the largest unit on the system.  But with your system so large you may want more.



Lloyd Sawatzky
Electrical Technologist, Team Leader
(work for a utility)
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Re: Load sharing module woodward

as far as I know when operated in isochronous mode, the frequency will be stable at rated frequency any time regardless its load (e.g. 60 Hz). When operated in droop mode, the frequency of genset will be depends on load (Watt) produces. E.g if droop set 5%, means that in full load the frequency will drop until 5% from its rated. If rated frequency set 60 Hz, in droop mode, when full load the frequency will become 57 Hz.. The effect of droop mode usage is genset reponse will more flexible than isochronous. Because it has range of tolerance. As far as i know too, we must set same value of droop on each genset (e.g. 5%).

If you want that 1 genset role as master and other as sleve, it is not about isochronous or not, but it is about base load or load share. When set in base load mode, he genset will produce same watt regardless system load (e.g. 3 MW). When set load share mode, genset will share the load with other load share mode genset. E.g system require 10 MW, there are 5 genset, 1 in base load mode with 3 MW, and other are in load share mode. It means that the rest of 4 will produce 1,75 MW.

Let discuss about your statement.

"But in all my C18 the "droop contact" is not mounted, all C18 are always in isochronous mode so for me in that configuration it's impossible to share the load".
In isochronous mode it still possible to share the load for each genset, but their response will be not as flexible as in droop mode.

1. set all parameter on LSM Woodward same for each genset.
2. If you want a genset become master, set it in base load, and other in load share mode.
3. Ensure that load gain for each genset are same
4. Measure Electric Governor Actuator (EGA) output of each genset. It must produce same volt for each load share genset

Adlan BP
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Re: Load sharing module woodward


Firstly let me explain the 2 modes of operation of the load share modules to you... Firstly the droop mode... This will introduce a droop in the generator speed as the load increases and will not do any load share function.. This mode is used when you are parallel to the grid or you have external load control.

The Isochronous mode will activate the load control between units through the load share lines.. If the C18's are the only source of power what you need to do is to run all the units in isochronous mode with the load share lines connected. This will activate the load sharing function of the woodward load share units... If the load share modules are run on droop mode there will be no load sharing function activated in the LSM... Adjustment to share the correct load can be made by adjusting the load gain in the LSM to get correct load sharing...

Hope this will help...