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Advantages of switched reluctance motor applications to EV and HEV: design and control issues

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5 Author(s)
K. M. Rahman ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX, USA ; B. Fahimi ; G. Suresh ; A. V. Rajarathnam
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Land vehicles need their drivetrain to operate entirely in constant power in order to meet their operational constraints, such as initial acceleration and gradability, with minimum power rating. The internal combustion engine (ICE) is inappropriate for producing this torque-speed profile. Therefore, multiple gear transmission is necessary with the ICE in a vehicle. Some electric machines, if designed and controlled appropriately, are capable of producing an extended constant power range. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the capabilities of the switched reluctance motor (SRM) for electric vehicle and hybrid electric vehicle applications. This investigation is carried out in two steps. The first step involves the machine design and the finite-element analysis to obtain the static characteristic of the motor. In the second step, the finite-element field solutions are used in the development of a nonlinear model to investigate the dynamic performance of the designed motor

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IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 1 )