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Influence of shape and material of rotor bars on performance characteristics of single-phase self-excited induction generators

Aleksander Leicht (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Wroclaw, Poland)
Krzysztof Makowski (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Wroclaw, Poland)

COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering

ISSN: 0332-1649

Article publication date: 24 June 2019

Issue publication date: 14 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to present an analysis of an influence of shape and material of rotor bars on the process of self-excitation and performance characteristics of single-phase, self-excited induction generator (SP-SEIG).

Design/methodology/approach

The presented analysis is based on the results of transient simulations of SP-SEIG performed with the use of field-circuit model of the machine. Four various shapes of the rotor bars and two different conductor materials were investigated. The results for the base model with rounded trapezoidal rotor slots were validated by measurements.

Findings

An improvement of the performance characteristics – the extension of the stable operating range of the generator – was obtained for rectangular copper rotor bars. The improvement is the result of strong skin effect in the squirrel rotor cage. Application of round rotor slots results in shorter time of voltage build-up during the self-excitation of the generator caused by less apparent deep bar effect in round bars.

Originality/value

The originality of the paper is the application of the copper rotor cage in the single-phase, self-excited induction generator. Its use is beneficial, as it allows for extension of the range of stable operating range. The results may be used for designing new constructions of the single-phase, self-excited induction generators, as well as the constructions based on general purpose single-phase induction motors.

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Citation

Leicht, A. and Makowski, K. (2019), "Influence of shape and material of rotor bars on performance characteristics of single-phase self-excited induction generators", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 38 No. 4, pp. 1235-1244. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-10-2018-0430

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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