Research on the uncontrolled zero-sequence current of an open-end winding PMSM with common DC link

Hunter, Nick (2021) Research on the uncontrolled zero-sequence current of an open-end winding PMSM with common DC link. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This thesis describes the research based on a particular type of the motor drives called an open-end winding permanent magnet synchronous motor drive with common DC link. These types of drives are an arrangement of two three phase inverters connected to both ends of a permanent magnet synchronous motor and are fed from a single direct current source. Therefore, it has a return path between the two inverters. This allows the most prominent third harmonic back EMF to introduce the zero-sequence current. Hence, these kinds of motor drives suffer from the circulating zero-sequence current. Although this current usually is undesired and, therefore, suppressed using various control techniques, there are some cases when the suppression of this current is unfeasible. Hence, the zero-sequence current could be left flowing in the system. High-speed drives could be considered to be an example of such a system.

The research introduced in this thesis is centred on the analysis of the mentioned zero-sequence current that is flowing in the system due to the specific properties of the machine. It features a full mathematical derivation of the nature of the zero-sequence current flowing in the system because of the machine side of the drive and a comprehensive analysis of the power loss in conductor due to this zero-sequence component.

The analysis performed in this thesis resulted in a proposal of a couple of novel solutions for the mitigation of the zero-sequence component’s impact on the drive such as the torque ripple and the power loss in conductor. In addition, one of the research outcomes was the development of a novel technique that turns the disadvantage of having the zero-sequence component flowing freely in the drive to its advantage.

In addition, the research produced in this thesis led to the development of a software solution that is meant to aid design and control engineers to mitigate the power losses in an open-end winding permanent magnet synchronous motor drive with common DC link.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Cox, Thomas
Zanchetta, Pericle
Keywords: Zero-sequence current; open-end winding PMSM; Electric currents; Electric motors, Synchronous; Electric inverters;
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Engineering
Item ID: 65328
Depositing User: Hunter, Nick
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2021 04:42
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2021 04:42
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/65328

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