PurposeThe interbar current of a squirrel-cage induction motor (IM) flows in the steel sheets when the secondary conductor is not insulated from the laminated steel sheets. It was reported that the interbar current loss was increased when skewing the rotor core. This paper aims to analyze a skewed IM using the three-dimensional (3D) finite element method. The effects of rotor skew on the interbar current are clarified.Design/methodology/approachIn this paper, a skewed squirrel-cage IM is analyzed in three patterns of skewed angle. The calculated results were compared with each other. If all laminated steel sheets are divided by the mesh with actual thickness, the huge calculation time is required. In the method applied in the study, several steel sheets are divided by the mesh with the actual thickness and some steel sheets are assumed to be the steel lump between them to shorten the calculation time.FindingsThe paper describes that the distribution of interbar current loss when rotor is skewed is different from that when rotor is not skewed. In addition, the paper suggests that the larger the skew angle becomes, the larger the interbar current loss becomes.Originality/valueIn this paper, a skewed IM with the consideration of the interbar current in the laminated steel sheets was analyzed using the 3D finite element method. The influences of the rotor skew on the interbar current are clarified.
COMPEL: Theinternational Journal for Computation and Mathematics in Electrical and Electronic Engineering – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 3, 2017
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