Optimal efficiency speed control of induction-motors by variable rotor impedance

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An optimal method to control the speed of a wound-rotor induction motor by variable external rotor impedance is presented. The rotor impedance is adjusted so that, for any desired torque and slip values, the total copper losses are minimized. Motor efficiency is improved compared with the case of conventional speed control by variable rotor resistance only. An example illustrates the copper loss reduction and dynamic behavior of the drive. Simulation study results that show the percentage copper loss reduction is generally likely to be higher for lighter loads. For constant-torque loads, the reduction percentage reaches a peak at the lower slip values, whereas for fan-type loads the most significant percentage copper-loss reduction occurs at both the higher and lower slip values. The response time of the rotor speed for start-up or a sudden change in the speed setting is considerably smaller than that achieved by pure rotor resistance control.


Copper; Electric motors; Induction; Electric resistance; Mechanical efficiency; Motors--Reliability


Controls and Control Theory | Electrical and Computer Engineering | Electrical and Electronics | Electronic Devices and Semiconductor Manufacturing | Power and Energy | Signal Processing


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