Damper cage loss reduction and no-load voltage THD improvements in salient-pole synchronous generators

Nuzzo, Stefano and Galea, Michael and Gerada, C. and Gerada, David and Mebarki, Abdelslam and Brown, N.L. (2016) Damper cage loss reduction and no-load voltage THD improvements in salient-pole synchronous generators. In: 8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2016), 19-21 April 2016, Glasgow, UK.

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Abstract

Salient-pole synchronous generators (SG) have a long history of utilization as reliable power generation systems. Important aspects of such generators include a high power-to-weight ratio, high efficiency and a low cost per kVA output [1]. Another critical aspect is the requirement for very low harmonic content in the output voltage. Hence, it is very important to be able to model and predict the no-load voltage waveform in an accurate manner in order to be able to satisfy standards requirements, such as the permissible total harmonic distortion (THD). Also, at steady-state conditions, parasitic voltages are induced in the damper bars which lead to a current flow with associated power losses and an increase in temperatures. This paper deals with an in-detail analysis of a 4 MVA SG, whose operation is studied and compared with experimental results for validation purposes. The same platform is then used to propose innovative solutions to the existing design and operational challenges of the machine aimed at reducing ohmic loss in the damper cage and improving the output voltage THD, without reverting to disruptive techniques such as rotor and/or stator skewing.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in: 8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2016), Glasgow, UK, 19-21 April 2016. ISBN: 9781785611889, doi:10.1049/cp.2016.0203
Keywords: salient-pole synchronous generators, THD, total harmonic distortion, rotors, stators
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
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Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 15:52
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2016 14:56
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38589

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