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Optimization of a single-phase capacitor induction motor by applying a surrogate field-circuit model

Krzysztof Makowski (Department of Electrical Engineering, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland)
Marcin J. Wilk (Department of Electrical Engineering, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland)
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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present optimization of a single-phase capacitor induction motor with respect to efficiency and starting torque by using surrogate field-circuit model for steady-state. As variables, dimensions of the rotor slots and capacitor capacitance were assumed, whereas outputs were the motor performance characteristics. Searching for a motor design of maximum starting torque or maximum efficiency were objectives of the optimization. To verify design solutions, rated load and locked rotor tests of the optimized motors were performed by computer simulation which confirmed better performance parameters of the optimized motors.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper presents optimization procedure of a single-phase capacitor induction motor by applying response surface methodology for surrogate 2D field-circuit model of the motor. For solving the problem a single-objective and bi-objective approach were applied.

Findings

The carried out calculations showed that obtained new structures of the capacitor induction motor have better starting properties – the higher ratio of starting to rated torque. It was also obtained the motor construction with higher efficiency and lower stator current at the same time.

Originality/value

The main advantage of the formulated optimization procedure was application of the SSO (sequential surrogate optimization) algorithm which exploits a polynomial surrogate model and genetic algorithm to find minimum of the objective functions and also to speed up computations.

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Acknowledgements

The work was supported by the National Science Center in Poland within the framework of pre-doctoral grant, contract No. UMO-2011/03/N/ST-8/06348.

Citation

Makowski, K. and J. Wilk, M. (2014), "Optimization of a single-phase capacitor induction motor by applying a surrogate field-circuit model", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 33 No. 6, pp. 1891-1903. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-11-2013-0359

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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