In recent research, a field construction technique (FCT) was derived to enable more efficient evaluation of the magnetic fields and forces within induction machines. Using the FCT, the results of two finite-element (FE) solutions are used to establish basis functions for the flux densities in the airgap of the machine. The basis functions are then used to predict the magnetic fields and forces under arbitrary stator excitation. In this paper, a multirate FCT (MRFCT) is proposed to enable efficient FCT modeling of machines that are connected to power electronic converters. Within the MRFCT, the low- and high-frequency components of the stator current are partitioned. The partitioned currents are then used to calculate the flux density and forces at time steps commensurate with the respective low- and high-frequency dynamics. It is shown that applying the MRFCT, the forces and fields of a machine connected to a power electronic circuit can be obtained at a small fraction of the time required for a coupled FE/circuit model.


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air gaps, asynchronous machines, finite element analysis, invertors, power convertors, Power electronics

Date of this Version

January 2010



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IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion 25,1 (2010) 217-27;



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