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Stress zone imaging in steel plates of electrical machines

Markus Neumayer (Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria)
Daniel Watzenig (Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria)
Bernhard Brandstätter (Elin Motoren GmbH, Preding/Weiz, Austria)

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate an inverse problem approach for the determination of stress zones in steel plates of electrical machines. Steel plates of electrical machines suffer large mechanical stress by processes like cutting or punching during the fabrication. The mechanical stress has effects on the electrical properties of the steel, and thus on the losses of the machine.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, the authors present a sensor arrangement and an appropriate algorithm for determining the spatial permeability distribution in steel plates. The forward problem for stress zone imaging is explained and an appropriate numerical solution technique is proposed. Then an inverse problem formulation is introduced and the nature of the problem is analyzed.

Findings

Based on sensitivity analysis, different measurement procedures are compared and a measurement setup is suggested. Further the ill‐posed nature of the inverse problem is analyzed by the Picard condition.

Practical implications

Because of the increased losses due to stress zones, the quantification of stress effects is of interest to adjust the production process. Stress zone imaging is a first approach for the application of an imaging system to quantify these material defects.

Originality/value

This paper presents a simulation study about the applicability of an inverse problem for stress zone imaging and presents first reconstruction results. Further, the paper discusses several issues about stress zone imaging for the ongoing research.

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Citation

Neumayer, M., Watzenig, D. and Brandstätter, B. (2011), "Stress zone imaging in steel plates of electrical machines", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 30 No. 6, pp. 1938-1947. https://doi.org/10.1108/03321641111168219

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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