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This paper introduces a new fault-tolerant operation method for a symmetrical six-phase induction machine (6PIM) when one or several phases are lost. A general decoupled model of the induction machine with up to three open phases is given. This model illustrates the existence of a pulsating torque when phases are opened. Then, a new control method reducing the pulsating torque and the motor losses is proposed in order to improve the drive performances. The proposed method is compared to two other existing techniques. The simulation and experimental results obtained on a dedicated test-rig confirm the validity and the efficiency of the proposed method for a fault-tolerant symmetrical 6PIM drive.
Date of Publication: May 2008