Operating limits and practical operation of a brushless doubly-fed reluctance machine

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2017 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2017, 2017, 2017-January pp. 5846 - 5852
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© 2017 IEEE. In this paper a prototype brushless doubly-fed reluctance machine is investigated which is aimed a meeting commercial machine performance figures. The machine has 4 and 8 pole 3-phase stator windings and a 6 pole radiallylaminated ducted rotor. The machine is investigated using finite element analysis (FEA), static torque tests with DC current excitation, a MATLAB/Simulink model, and experimentally using direct torque control (DTC). The investigations show that the machine can perform and match performance found in commercial industrial drives and is controllable. This is a step forward from the work that has been published because the machine is shown to be of a design that is commercially viable, and controllable using known control techniques adapted for the machine. Most previous reports use proof-of-concept machines or machines that are not suitable for commercial operation. This machine is designed to be more commercial in its design.
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