Current through neutral wire?
Hi, any one can help !!!
my problem is : 3 phase 4 wire system with balanced load VL 400 V and Z 59+j36.5, i get IP 3.329 A in each phase and the current through neutral will be ZERO , but IF u disconnect one phase the current will change in neutral wire : i use multisim and i simulate the circuit and when i disconnect the phase i get 3.329 A in neutral wire , but how can i get same value by calculation i try and i get 2.88 A something like that , so any one have any idea how to calculate the current after disconnecting one phase ? , i would realy be thanks full . 
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I'm way to rusty with the phasor stuff but may be can get you steered in the right direction with another approach. So looking at the attached image.... The one equation is for an unbalanced system the other is a balanced system where In = 0. If I'm balanced and I close the switch in the neutral nothing happens no current flows and In =0 an Vn =0. If I remove one of the phases in the equation I am no longer balanced and current must flow in the neutral when I close the switch. If I remove V(cn) and in turn eliminate I(c) my equation becomes I(a)+I(b) = I(n) so I'm not sure how you solve that using the phasor calculations but maybe this helps.... 
I can't answer your question but it doesn't sound like something a DIY would ask. Try out the sister site http://www.contractortalk.com and they may be able to help you out.

Or maybe he is a student looking for an answer to a test/exam question.
The M O of asking a question like this as your fist post is pretty typical. 
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There are 2 ways to calculate this;
1] use phasor diagrams. 2] use polar or rectangular coordinates. Also, bear in mind that in a multiphase system, the neutral current can only be zero Amps if; 1] the current in each phase is equal. 2] the Power Factor of each phase is equal. Harmonics cannot be accounted for in this simple calculation. 
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