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Impact of stray load losses on vector control accuracy in current-fed induction motor drives

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3 Author(s)
Levi, E. ; Sch. of Eng., Liverpool John Moores Univ., UK ; Lamine, A. ; Cavagnino, A.

Vector control accuracy of induction motor drives is affected by variations of motor parameters that are treated in the control algorithm as constant values, and by the phenomena that are not modeled at all and are therefore unaccounted for in the controller. Detuning sources of the first type include variations of rotor and stator resistance, mutual inductance, and leakage inductances, while the second category includes stator iron (core) losses. All these sources of detuned operation have been studied in a considerable depth in the past. It appears that the only potential source of detuned operation, which has never been studied before, is the stray load loss (SLL), which belongs to the category of unmodeled phenomena. This paper develops an analytical model that characterizes detuning due to SLLs in indirect rotor-flux-oriented (RFO) current-fed induction motor drives in steady-state operation by means of the orientation angle error, actual to reference rotor-flux ratio, and actual to reference-torque ratio. A quantitative assessment of the impact of SLL on accuracy of rotor-flux-oriented control is performed, with the necessary motor parameters obtained from IEEE 112-B standard measurements and subsequent equivalent circuit parameter fitting. Detuning is also examined in transient operation. It is shown that, although SLLs are comparable to the iron losses in the studied machine (of approximately the same value in the rated operating point), their impact on accuracy of vector control is much smaller when compared to the iron loss induced detuning.

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Energy Conversion, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 2 )