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Authors: Paredes, J.; et al.
ISSN 1996-1073  Vol. 11  Nº 1  2018 
This paper studies the feasibility of using synchronous reluctance machines (SynRM) for low speed-high torque applications. The challenge lies in obtaining low torque ripple values, high power factor, and, especially, high torque density values, comparable to those of permanent magnet synchronous machines (PMSMs), but without resorting to use permanent magnets. A design and calculation procedure based on multistatic finite element analysis is developed and experimentally validated via a 200 Nm, 160 rpm prototype SynRM. After that, machine designs with different rotor pole and stator slot number combinations are studied, together with different winding types: integral-slot distributed-windings (ISDW), fractional-slot distributed-windings (FSDW) and fractional-slot concentrated-windings (FSCW). Some design criteria for low-speed SynRM are drawn from the results of the study. Finally, a performance comparison between a PMSM and a SynRM is performed for the same application and the conclusions of the study are summarized.
Authors: Satrustegui, Marco, (Autor de correspondencia); et al.
ISSN 1359-4311  Vol. 129  2018  pp. 93 - 105
A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model representing the effect of wafters in a totally enclosed electric machine is presented, introducing the most relevant theoretical assumptions and simplifications. The validation of the model is conducted through experimental measurements. From the CFD simulation data, a second-order response surface is developed using statistical tools, from which the wafters' influence on the convective heat transfer from the stator end windings is predicted. Wafter design criteria are obtained from the response surface information. Finally, a specific case is analysed, showing through CFD simulations that temperatures in the machine are reduced by including wafters in the design. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Authors: Caballero, D. , (Autor de correspondencia); et al.
ISSN 1996-1073  Vol. 11  Nº 9  2018  pp. 2294
Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine (IPMSM) are high torque density machines that usually work under heavy load conditions, becoming magnetically saturated. To obtain properly their performance, this paper presents a node mapping criterion that ensure accurate results when calculating the performance of a highly saturated IPMSM via a novel magnetic reluctance network approach. For this purpose, a Magnetic Circuit Model (MCM) with variable discretization levels for the different geometrical domains is developed. The proposed MCM caters to V-shaped IPMSMs with variable magnet depth and angle between magnets. Its structure allows static and dynamic time stepping simulations to be performed by taking into account complex phenomena such as magnetic saturation, cross-coupling saturation effect and stator slotting effect. The results of the proposed model are compared to those obtained by Finite Element Method (FEM) for a number of IPMSMs obtaining excellent results. Finally, its accuracy is validated comparing the calculated performance with experimental results on a real prototype.