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A New Approach for Real-Time Multiple Open-Circuit Fault Diagnosis in Voltage-Source Inverters

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2 Author(s)
Estima, J.O. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal ; Marques Cardoso, A.J.

Practically all the diagnostic methods for opencircuit faults in voltage-source inverters (VSI) developed during the last decades are focused on the occurrence of single faults and do not have the capability to handle and identify multiple failures. This paper presents a new method for real-time diagnostics of multiple open-circuit faults in VSI feeding ac machines. In contrast with the majority of the methods found in the literature which are based on the motor phase currents average values, the average absolute values are used here as principal quantities to formulate the diagnostic variables. These prove to be more robust against the issue of false alarms, carrying also information about multiple open-circuit failures. Furthermore, by the combination of these variables with the machine phase currents average values, it is possible to obtain characteristic signatures, which allow for the detection and identification of single and multiple open-circuit faults.

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Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 6 )