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The aim of this paper is to present the advantage of stator fault detection using an external stray flux sensor in a working induction machine. In the past 20 years, stray flux sensors have been used for diagnostic purposes but rarely in the presence of a complex power supply such as a voltage static inverter. In this paper, it is proved that a simple external stray flux sensor is more efficient than the classical stator current signature analysis to detect inter-turn short circuit in three-phase induction machines. The new result is that, even in the presence of power supply harmonics, it is possible to easily detect the stator winding faults in the low-frequency range of the flux spectrum with low-frequency resolution.
Date of Publication: Sept.-Oct. 2003