Q. What is the minimum acceptable voltage at a fire pump motor’s terminals, when the 460V-rated motor is supplied with an operating voltage of 480V, and the motor is operating at 115% of the full-load current rating of the motor?

A) 465.6V

B) 445.6V

C) 437V

D) 408V

Answer: C

Explanation: As per 695.7 of the 2005 NEC, the maximum voltage drop permitted when the motor is operating at 115% of the full-load current rating of the motor is 5%. Since the voltage rating of the motor is 460V, the calculation is as follows: 460V x .05 = 23V. Therefore, the minimum voltage permitted at the motor terminals is: 460V – 23V = 437V.

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