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Energies 2017, 10(10), 1638;

Investigation of Permanent Magnet Demagnetization in Synchronous Machines during Multiple Short-Circuit Fault Conditions

The Division of Electricity, Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Box 534, 751 21 Uppsala, Sweden
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Received: 14 September 2017 / Revised: 29 September 2017 / Accepted: 13 October 2017 / Published: 18 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electric Machines and Drives for Renewable Energy Harvesting 2017)
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Faults in electrical machines can vary in severity and affect different parts of the machine. This study focuses on various kinds of short-circuits on the terminal side of a generic 20 kW surface mounted permanent magnet synchronous generator and how successive faults affect the performance of the machine. The study was conducted with the commercially available finite element method software COMSOL Multiphysics ® , and two time-dependent models for demagnetization of permanent magnets were compared, one using only internal models and the other using a proprietary external function. The study is simulation based and the two models were compared to a previously experimentally verified stationary model. Results showed that the power output decreased by more than 30% after five successive faults. In addition, the no-load voltage had become unsymmetrical, which was explained by the uneven demagnetization of the permanent magnets. The permanent magnet with the lowest reduction in average remanence was decreased by 0.8%, while the highest average reduction was 23.8% in another permanent magnet. The internal simulation model was about four times faster than the external model, but slightly overestimated the demagnetization. View Full-Text
Keywords: permanent magnets; permanent magnet generators; fault currents; demagnetization permanent magnets; permanent magnet generators; fault currents; demagnetization

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Sjökvist, S.; Eriksson, S. Investigation of Permanent Magnet Demagnetization in Synchronous Machines during Multiple Short-Circuit Fault Conditions. Energies 2017, 10, 1638.

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