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Transient thermal modeling and analysis of railway traction motors
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4534-921X
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6283-7661
2018 (English)In: IEEE transactions on industrial electronics (1982. Print), ISSN 0278-0046, E-ISSN 1557-9948, Vol. 66, no 1, p. 79-89, article id 8328892Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper presents a practical approach to modeland analyze transient thermal effects in open air-cooled electrictraction motors. The developed thermal modeling method enablesaccurate estimation of temperature in critical parts of the motorincluding winding and bearing. Advantages of both numericaland analytical modelling methods are exploited with the aim ofrealizing accurate estimation of hot spot temperatures in tractionmotors while keeping the computation time within a reasonablerange. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations arecarried out to model the cooling fan’s performance and airflow distribution in the motor in order to provide heat transferboundary inputs to the developed combined finite element (FE)and lumped parameter (LP) thermal model. The combinationof the FE and LP models keeps the size of the model relativelysmall and enables running transient calculations reasonably fast.Also, the developed model provides the possibility to studythe influence of stator and rotor duct blockages on the motorthermal performance which is a common root of failure intraction applications during operation in dirty environments. Theproposed thermal model is verified using experimental results ona traction motor equipped with temperature sensors in motorcritical parts and a good agreement between estimated andmeasured temperatures is achieved. Finally, a calibrated fullyanalytical model using the abovementioned developed model isimplemented to further reduce simulation running time andcalculate motor temperature under normal running condition.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018. Vol. 66, no 1, p. 79-89, article id 8328892
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Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element (FE) modeling, induction machine, lumped parameter thermal model, railway application, traction motor.
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Electrical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-224218DOI: 10.1109/TIE.2018.2821619ISI: 000443894700008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044789818OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-224218DiVA, id: diva2:1190282
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Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-09-27Bibliographically approved

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