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A five-phase 20-slot/18-pole PMSM for electric vehicles

Yi Sui (School of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Ping Zheng (School of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Peilun Tang (School of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Fan Wu (School of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Pengfei Wang (Harbin Institute of Technology)

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate a five-phase permanent-magnet synchronous machine (PMSM) that features high-power density and high-fault-tolerant capability for electric vehicles (EVs).

Design/methodology/approach

The five-phase 20-slot/18-pole PMSM is designed by finite-element method. Two typical rotor structures which include Halbach array and rotor eccentricity are compared to achieve sinusoidal back electromotive force (EMF). The influence of slot dimensions on leakage inductance and short-circuit current is analyzed. The method to reduce eddy current loss of permanent magnets (PMs) is investigated. The machine performances under both healthy and fault conditions are evaluated. Finally, thermal behavior of the machine is studied by Ansys.

Findings

With both no-load and load performances considered, rotor eccentricity is proposed to reduce the harmonic contents of EMF. Increasing slot leakage inductance is an effective way to limit the short-circuit current. By segmenting PMs in circumferential direction, the PM eddy current loss is reduced and the machine efficiency is improved. With proper fault-tolerant control strategy, acceptable torque performance can be achieved under fault conditions. The proposed machine can safely operate under Class F insulation.

Originality/value

So far, many researches focus on multiphase PMSMs used in aviation fields, such as fuel pump and electric actuator. Differing from PMSMs used in aviation applications, machines for EVs require characteristics like wide speed ranges and variable operating conditions. Hence, this paper proposes a five-phase 20-slot/18-pole PMSM for EVs. The proposed design methodology is applicable to multiphase PMSMs with different slot/pole combinations.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported in part by the 863 Plan of China under Project No. 2011AA11A261, and in part by National Natural Science Foundation of China under Project No. 51325701.

Citation

Sui, Y., Zheng, P., Tang, P., Wu, F. and Wang, P. (2016), "A five-phase 20-slot/18-pole PMSM for electric vehicles", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 35 No. 2, pp. 439-455. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-02-2015-0106

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