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We present an assessment of the effect of rotational losses on an induction machine. The assessment provides an estimate of the iron losses in an induction machine by three methods, all of which rely on the output data of a two-dimensional finite-element method: 1) calculating iron losses as if they were produced by a purely alternating field; 2) calculating the iron losses by adding the losses produced by the orthogonal components of the flux density, as if the losses produced by these components were independent phenomena; 3) applying a correction factor based on experimental data to improve the rotational loss calculation. The correction factor is a function of the peak flux density value and the ratio of the major to the minor axis of the flux density loci. The third method represents the main contribution of this paper to the field and is explained in detail. Finally, a discussion of the results addresses two aspects: the location where rotational fields occur, and their impact on the total loss calculation.
Date of Publication: Nov. 2003