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On the design of partial discharge-free low voltage electrical machines

Madonna, Vincenzo; Giangrande, Paolo; Zhao, Weiduo; Zhang, He; Gerada, Chris; Galea, Michael


Vincenzo Madonna

Paolo Giangrande

Weiduo Zhao

He Zhang

Chris Gerada

Michael Galea


Modern electrical machines employed in transportation applications are required to provide high performance in terms of power (and torque) density. At the same time, being these applications safety-critical, a significant level of reliability and/or fault tolerance is expected. Among all the factors which can compromise motors reliability, partial discharges inception is one of the most critical, in particular for low voltage, random wound machines. In this paper, the influence of insulation design choices on the performance of a traction electric motor are analysed. The study is based on the Paschen's law for air at sea-level pressure combined with an electrostatic finite element model of the turn-to-turn insulation subsystems, built for determining the electric field. The finite element analysis findings are experimentally validated by detecting the partial discharges inception, on custom-built prototypes.

Start Date May 12, 2019
Publication Date Aug 5, 2019
Pages 1837-1842
Book Title 2019 IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC)
ISBN 9781538693506
APA6 Citation Madonna, V., Giangrande, P., Zhao, W., Zhang, H., Gerada, C., & Galea, M. (2019). On the design of partial discharge-free low voltage electrical machines. In 2019 IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC), 1837-1842. doi:10.1109/iemdc.2019.8785413
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