3 Phase Welders running of a 3 phase converter

I'm sure that this has been discussed before but is the running of a 3
phase welder from a converter a no-no. Does it have to be rotary?
Does the initial arc strike cause a massive peak in current flow?
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Charles P
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I would say yes to a rotary converter. There will be a large current spike when the arc is struck although the leakage reactance of the Transformer would limit this. I would also say that the rotary converter should also have a large (can't quantify though) flywheel such that it will be able to smooth out the incoming current spike...the kinetic energy in the flywheel supplying most of this initial energy.
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Rob Wilson
Charles, Is it a genuine 3 phase welder? I ask because a lot are two phase, ie they only have one coil and both ends are a phase so in effect it's a 440v input. These will run off single phase but only output 1/2 the power. Often this type is also dual voltage with the 240 input at double the amps.
John S.
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John S
what it says on the asthmatic website
Booster=99 three phase conversion with welders Boosters=99 are designed to run induction motors most efficiently. Welders can also be operated but the converter size should be chosen to be larger than the welder input power by 50%. If no power rating is shown then multiply the welding current by 50 for A series converters or by 30 for D series converters. The result will be the converter power rating in Watts for 100 % duty factor, often misnamed duty cycle.
all the best.markj
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