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Fault Diagnosis of Sensors for T-type Three-Level Inverter-fed Dual Three-Phase Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Drives

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To improve the reliability of motor system, this paper investigates the sensor fault diagnosis methods for T-type inverter-fed dual three-phase permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) drives. Generally, a T-type three-level inverter-fed dual three-phase motor drive utilizes four phase-current sensors, two direct current (DC)-link voltage sensors and one speed sensor. A series of diagnostic methods have been comprehensively proposed for the three types of sensor faults. Both the sudden error change and gradual error change of sensor faults are considered. Firstly, the diagnosis of speed sensor fault was achieved by monitoring the error between the rotating speed of stator flux and the value from speed sensor. Secondly, the large high-frequency voltage ripple of voltage difference between the estimated voltage and the reference voltage was used to identify the voltage sensor faults, and the faulty voltage sensor was determined according to the deviation of voltage difference. Thirdly, the abnormal current amplitude on harmonic subspace was adopted to identify the current sensor faults, and the faulty current sensor was located by distinguishing the current trajectory on harmonic subspace. The experiments have been taken on a laboratory prototype to verify the effectiveness of the proposed fault diagnosis schemes.

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Performance and Stability Analysis of Series-Cascaded, High-Gain, Interleaved Boost Converter for Photovoltaic Applications

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Interleaved boost converters (IBCs) are cascaded in parallel in most of the applications. This novel approach connects IBC in series cascade. The IBC has an optimal operating duty cycle of 0.5. Normally, photovoltaic source voltage is low because of space constraints. In order to boost the source voltage, a conventional boost converter is replaced with series-cascaded IBC in this paper. The single-stage IBC also boosts the voltage to twice the input voltage. In the proposed converter, output voltage is about four times the input voltage with the same 0.5 duty cycle. A mathematical model is developed and simulated for the proposed work in MATLAB/Simulink platform. The output of the proposed circuit is analysed through fast Fourier transform to know the harmonic content due to the switching. The system is tested for stability with signal-flow graph modelling. The proposed work is realised using hardware and tested to validate the model.

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Microwave Based Weed Control and Soil Treatment
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Application of Industrial Frequency Converters for Project-Oriented Education of Controlled Electrical Drives

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In the perspective of current trends in engineering education, aiming at meeting industry requirements, especially in the field of power electronics and motion control, the article presents a way of teaching electric drive control in undergraduate engineering programmes using experimental setups with AC motors equipped with industrial frequency converters. The setups consist of two motors: induction and PMSM (each one can act as a motor or a load machine) and a number of other elements necessary in contemporary drive systems: speed sensors, temperature sensors and braking resistors. While using such setups students can learn about various issues related to AC motor control, both in terms of scalar and field-oriented control methods in all three drive operating modes: torque, velocity and position control. The laboratory setups allow students to familiarize themselves with such detailed issues as: vector control without a speed sensor, various ways of voltage control in a DC input circuit of the voltage inverter during motor braking or the influence of the type and value of load torque on drive system operation. Classes can have a classical form or they can be taught in the open-laboratory system.

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Application of Neural Networks to Detect Eccentricity of Induction Motors

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The possibility of using neural networks to detect eccentricity of induction motors has been presented. A field-circuit model, which was used to generate a diagnostic pattern has been discussed. The formulas describing characteristic fault frequencies for static, dynamic and mixed eccentricity, occurring in the stator current spectrum, have been presented. Teaching and testing data for neural networks based on a preliminary analysis of diagnostic signals (phase currents) have been prepared. Two types of neural networks were discussed: general regression neural network (GRNN) and multilayer perceptron (MLP) neural network. This paper presents the results obtained for each type of the neural network. Developed neural detectors are characterized by high detection effectiveness of induction motor eccentricity.

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Control of a Doubly Fed Induction Generator at Grid Voltage Imbalance

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Properties and control of a doubly fed induction machine operating under unbalanced grid voltage conditions have been presented. The proposed method does not include symmetrical sequences decomposition and is realized in a rotating frame not synchronized either with the grid voltage vector or with the stator flux vector. The method uses a reference torque and the reference q component of instantaneous power for calculation of the reference stator current. Next, calculation of magnetizing current for a given unbalanced grid voltage is used to assign the reference rotor current. Due to the fact that the reference current contains both a positive and a negative sequence, a proportional-integral-resonant controller is used. The main control target is the non-oscillatory waveform of torque, whereas other separate strategies like symmetrical stator current or sinusoidal rotor current can be easily obtained by adequate filtration of the reference control signals of the stator or rotor currents, respectively. The simulation results of the 2 MW model have been presented for a doubly fed induction generator as well as the results of laboratory tests with the use of a small scale 7.5 kW machine.

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Diagnostic System for Induction Motor Stator Winding Faults Based on Axial Flux

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The article presents the results of research on the use of an axial flux in the diagnostics of induction motor stator winding fed by a frequency converter. Voltage signal waveforms proportional to the axial flux were recorded during motor operation under various conditions and were analyzed with regard to the detection of stator winding short circuits. The taps of the selected coil turns of stator phases were introduced into the tested motor, which allowed to physical modelling inter-turn short circuits. The structure and operation of the computer system used to monitor the state of induction motor windings were discussed. The developed diagnostic system was made in the National Instruments LabVIEW environment. The analysis of faults of the axial flux was made in the detection of induction motor stator winding. The results of experimental research conducted using the developed diagnostic system have also been presented.

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EMC Requirements for Power Drive Systems

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Electromagnetic compatibility requirements for immunity tests have been presented and the emission levels of electromagnetic disturbances in adjustable speed power drive systems have been determined. The disturbances are divided into two groups: low-frequency (up to 50 harmonics of the power supply system) and high-frequency (above 150 kHz). The lack of legal regulations on permissible disturbance level in the frequency range from 2.5 kHz to 150 kHz has also been mentioned. This range is considered high frequency by the authors. Standarized compatibility levels and sample measured parameters of the electromagnetic environment have also been shown. An exemplary reaction of the drive to the most common disturbances in the power supply system has been presented.

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Hybrid MPPT Algorithm for PV Systems Under Partially Shaded Conditions Using a Stochastic Evolutionary Search and a Deterministic Hill Climbing

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A hybrid maximum power point tracking method has been proposed for the photovoltaic system using a stochastic evolutionary search and a deterministic hill climbing algorithm. The proposed approach employs the particle swarm optimizer (PSO) to solve a dynamic optimization problem related to the control task in a PV system. The position of the best particle is updated by the hill climbing algorithm, and the position of the rest of the particles by the classic PSO rule. The presented method uses the re-randomization mechanism, which places five consecutive particles randomly, but in specified intervals. This mechanism helps track the maximum power point under partially shaded conditions.

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Inductive Current Transducers in the Frequency Range Up to 150 kHz

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The article presents the results of the research on inductive current transducers in the form of a uniform winding non-magnetic ring with a rigid and flexible construction encompassing the flow of processed current in the frequency range of up to 150 kHz. The results for the developed transducer were related to the results obtained in simulations conducted on the transducer simplified model. The frequency tests of this type of transducers are of key significance in the assessment of the applicability of a given transducer in the measurements of network signals with high-order harmonics, and particularly in the assessment of the construction capacity of inductive current transducers in the form of the Rogowski coil.

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