A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Accelerating the Time-Stepping Finite-Element Analysis of Induction Machines in Transient-Magnetic Solutions

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Publication Details
Authors: Di Chong, Petrov Ilya, Pyrhönen Juha, Chen Jiahao
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): OAJ / IEEE
Publication year: 2019
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: IEEE Access
Volume number: 7
eISSN: 2169-3536
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access publication


Finite-element analysis (FEA) is one of the most significant tools in the designing and analyzing of electrical machines, which mainly includes the transient-magnetic (TM), magnet-static (MS) and time-harmonic (TH) solutions. The transient-magnetic (TM) solution in FEA is capable of considering both the harmonic effects and eddy-current effects accurately, which makes it suitable for the induction machine (IM) simulation. However, the drawback of the TM FEA for the IM modelling is that it takes some time before reaching the steady state because of the longer numerical transient, which is affected by the inherent electromagnetic time constants of the IM directly. In this paper, a new approach is proposed to reduce the duration of the numerical transient of the IM in the time-stepping FEA so that the steady state can be achieved in a short time. The proposed approach is capable of creating an initial condition close to the final steady state for the simulation by eliminating or reducing the stator and rotor electromagnetic time constants separately. The stator electromagnetic time constant is eliminated by an initial current excitation (obtained by the TH solution or the analytical method) and the rotor electromagnetic time constant is reduced by a locked rotor model at the beginning of the simulation. Then the initial current excitation is switched to a voltage excitation and the locked rotor is turned to the rotating state at proper time. Finally, the proposed approach is tested and proved efficient to reduce the transients by two typical cases (a solidrotor IM and a squirrel-cage IM) with 2D FEA.

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