Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rafal Wrobel
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A fast ﬁnite element (FE)-based method for the calculation of eddy current losses in the stator windings of randomly wound electric machines is presented. The method is particularly suitable for implementation in large-scale design optimization algorithms where a qualitative characterization of such losses at higher speeds is most beneﬁcial for identiﬁcation of the design solutions which exhibit the lowest overall losses including the ac losses in the stator windings. Unlike the common practice of assuming a constant slot ﬁll factor, sf, for all the design variations, the maximum sf in the developed method is determined based on the individual slot structure/dimensions and strand wire speciﬁcations. Furthermore, in lieu of detailed modeling of the conductor strands in the initial FE model, which signiﬁcantly adds to the complexity of the problem, an alternative rectangular coil modeling subject to a subsequent ﬂux mapping technique for determination of the impinging ﬂux on each individual strand is pursued. Rather than pursuing the precise estimation of ac conductor losses, the research focus of this paper is placed on the development of a computationally efﬁcient technique for the derivation of strand eddy current losses applicable in design-optimization, especially where both the electromagnetic and thermal machine behavior are accounted for. A fractional slot concentrated winding (FSCW) permanent magnet (PM) synchronous machineis used for the purpose of this study due to the higher slot leakage ﬂux and slot opening fringing ﬂux of such machines, which are the major contributors to strand eddy current losses in the windings. The analysis is supplemented with an investigation on the inﬂuence of the electrical loading on ac winging loss effects for this machine design, a subject which has received less attention in the literature. Experimental ac loss measurements on a 12-slot 10-pole stator assembly will be discussed to verify the existing trends in the simulation results.
Author(s): Fatemi A, Ionel DM, Demerdash NAO, Staton DA, Wrobel R, Chong YC
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Pages: Epub ahead of print
Online publication date: 07/03/2019
Acceptance date: 11/02/2019
ISSN (print): 0093-9994
ISSN (electronic): 1939-9367
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