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Methods of resistance estimation in permanent magnet synchronous motors for real-time thermal management

By S. D. Wilson, Paul Stewart and B. P. Taylor


Real-time thermal management of electrical ma- chines relies on sufficiently accurate indicators of internal tem- perature. One indicator of temperature in a permanent-magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) is the stator winding resistance. Detection of PMSM winding resistance in the literature has been made on machines with relatively high resistances, where the resistive voltage vector is significant under load. This paper describes two techniques which can be applied to detect the winding resistance, through ‘Fixed Angle’ and ‘Fixed Mag- nitude’ current injection. Two further methods are described which discriminate injected current and voltages from motoring currents and voltages: ‘Unipolar’ and ‘Bipolar’ separation. These enable the resistance to be determined, and hence the winding temperature in permanent-magnet machines. These methods can be applied under load, and in a manner that does not disturb motor torque or speed. The method distinguishes between changes in the electro-motive force (EMF) constant and the resistive voltage. This paper introduces the techniques, whilst a companion paper covers the application of one of the methods to a PMSM drive system

Topics: H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Publisher: Institution of Electronic and Electrical Engineers IEEE
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1109/TEC.2010.2051811
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:2899

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