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An evaluation of mitigation techniques for bearing currents, EMI and overvoltages in ASD applications

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3 Author(s)
A. von Jouanne ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR, USA ; Haoran Zhang ; A. K. Wallace

With the increased application of adjustable-speed drives (ASDs) for the efficient speed control of AC motors, there has been a growing number of costly motor drive-related process failures. The popular ASDs consist of a pulsewidth-modulated inverter switching insulated gate bipolar transistors at 2-20 kHz, with rates of voltage rise (dv/dt) of 6000 V/μs. The high dv/dt has adverse effects on the motor insulation due to motor terminal overvoltages (exacerbated by longer cable lengths) and contributes to EMI and damaging bearing and leakage currents caused by common-mode voltages. In response to these problems, a variety of mitigation techniques have emerged. However, often-times the industrial user searching the literature for an immediate solution faces difficulties determining which mitigation technique is best for his/her application. Using laboratory measurements, this paper evaluates and compares various suggested mitigation techniques for bearing currents, EMI and motor terminal overvoltages in terms of their effectiveness and losses and provides practical application assessments for users

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IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 5 )