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Sensitivity Analysis on the Voltage Distribution within Windings of Electrical Machines fed by Wide Band Gap Converters

Marco Pastura; Davide Barater; Stefano Nuzzo; Giovanni Franceschini; Giacomo Sala

In the last years, wide band gap devices are seeing a significant widespread in electric drives, due to their higher performance compared to conventional semiconductors. However, they also produce higher electric stress due to overvoltages and uneven voltage distributions among winding turns of electrical machines fed by them, which can lead to premature failures and/or reduced lifetimes. This paper presents a sensitivity analysis on the voltage distribution across stator winding turns of an electric motor intended for aerospace applications. The effects of the surge voltage characteristic parameters, such as dv/dt, voltage magnitude and parasitic impedances, are investigated. An equivalent circuit approach, based on the multi-transmission line theory, is developed and implemented in MatLab-Simulink environment, while the relevant circuital parameters are estimated through finite element analysis performed with MagNet® and ElecNet® software.

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