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Title: Magnetic field modelling of machine and multiple machine systems using dynamic reluctance mesh modelling
Author: Yao, Li
ISNI:       0000 0004 2684 3970
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis concerns the modified and improved, time-stepping, dynamic reluctance mesh (DRM) modelling technique for machines and its application to multiple machine systems with their control algorithms. Improvements are suggested which enable the stable solution of the resulting complex non-linear equations. The concept of finite element (FE) derived, overlap-curves has been introduced to facilitate the evaluation of the air-gap reluctances linking the teeth on the rotor to those on the stator providing good model accuracy and efficient computation. Motivated industrially, the aim of the work is to develop a fast and effective simulation tool principally for evaluating salient pole generator system designs including the generator, exciter and the automatic voltage regulator (AVR). The objective is to provide a modelling system capable of examining the detail of machine operation including saturation of main and leakage flux paths, slotting and space harmonics of the windings. Solutions are obtained in a sufficiently short computational time to facilitate efficient iterative design procedures in an industrial design office. The DRM modelling technique for electrical machines has been shown in this thesis to be a fast and efficient tool for electrical machine simulation. Predicted results for specific machine and system designs have been compared with FE solutions and with experimental results showing, that for engineering purposes, the technique yields excellent accuracy. The DRM method has a great advantage in multiple machine simulations. This is because magnetic field calculations are limited to evaluating only the most important information so saving computation time. A brushless generating system including the excitation system and control scheme has been modelled. Additionally a cascaded, doubly fed induction generator for wind generator applications has also been modelled. These different applications for the dynamic reluctance mesh method have proved that this approach yields an excellent machine and machine-system evaluation and design tool.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering