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A new synthetic loading for large induction machines with no feedback into the power system

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3 Author(s)
Soltani, J. ; McMaster Univ., Hamilton, Ont., Canada ; Szabados, B. ; Hoolboom, G.

Full-load testing of large induction machines is constrained by the limitations in the power-supply and loading equipment of the manufacturer's facilities, resulting in costly set up time. A new synthetic loading method is proposed based on a bang-bang phase control strategy. The rated power oscillation created is routed to an auxiliary system and the source hydro has to provide only the total losses of the system, without seeing the excessive power swings observed in other synthetic loading techniques. In this technique, only induction machines are used which would enable motor manufacturers to build the test rig in-house. The control stage is very simple to implement and requires only unregulated DC supplies for the excitation windings. The method is suitable for any induction machine and does not requires any set up time. It is possible to strictly maintain constant DEFINE RMS voltage and current at rated values for the duration of the heat runs.

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Energy Conversion, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 3 )