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A switched reluctance motor (SRM) has been developed as one of the possible candidates of rare-earth-free electric motors. A prototype machine has been built and tested. It has competitive dimensions, torque, power, and efficiency with respect to the 50-kW interior permanent magnet synchronous motor employed in the hybrid electric vehicles (Toyota Prius 2003). It is found that competitive power of 50-kW rating and efficiency of 95% are achieved. The prototype motor provided 85% of the target torque. Except the maximum torque, the most speed-torque region is found to be covered by the test SRM. The cause of discrepancy in the measured and calculated torque values is examined. An improved design is attempted, and a new experimental switched reluctance machine is designed and built for testing. The results are given in this paper.
Date of Publication: July-Aug. 2012