Adjustment of step size for time stepping finite element analysis on skewed rotor induction motors fed by SPWM source

Siu Lau Ho, H. L. Li

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SPWM techniques have been widely applied in the control of electrical machines. One of the problems of such inverter driven motors is the detrimental effect of a large amount of high-order harmonics. A precise estimation of the high-order harmonic field is of paramount importance for a thorough study of the performance of the motor when it is fed from SPWM. In this paper a 2-D multi-slice time stepping finite element method is proposed to model SPWM driven induction motors so that the high-order harmonic field can be directly included in the solution. To deal with the choice of the step size during the time stepping process when the motor is fed from a SPWM source, a method to adjust the step size according to the turn-on/turn-off time of the switches is presented. The method significantly reduces the integrating time as well as the error in the time stepping process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, IEMDC 1999 - Proceedings
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999
Event1999 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, IEMDC 1999 - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: 9 May 199912 May 1999


Conference1999 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, IEMDC 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA


  • finite element methods
  • Induction motors
  • SPWM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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