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IET Power and Energy Series 8

Variable Frequency AC Motor Drive Systems

David Finney

IET Power and Energy Series 8

Series Editors: Prof. A.T. Johns G. Ratcliff J.R. Platts

Variable Frequency AC Motor Drive Systems

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Variable Frequency AC Motor Drive Systems

David Finney

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Published by The Institution of Engineering and Technology, London, United Kingdom First edition 1988 Peter Peregrinus Ltd Reprint with new cover 2006 The Institution of Engineering and Technology First published 1988 Reprinted 1991, 2006 This publication is copyright under the Berne Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention. All rights reserved. Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of research or private study, or criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988, this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted, in any form or by any means, only with the prior permission in writing of the publishers, or in the case of reprographic reproduction in accordance with the terms of licences issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency. Inquiries concerning reproduction outside those terms should be sent to the publishers at the undermentioned address: The Institution of Engineering and Technology Michael Faraday House Six Hills Way, Stevenage Herts, SG1 2AY, United Kingdom While the author and the publishers believe that the information and guidance given in this work are correct, all parties must rely upon their own skill and judgement when making use of them. Neither the author nor the publishers assume any liability to anyone for any loss or damage caused by any error or omission in the work, whether such error or omission is the result of negligence or any other cause. Any and all such liability is disclaimed. The moral rights of the author to be identified as author of this work have been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data Finney, David Variable frequency AC motor drive systems. 1. Alternating current electric motors 2. Variable speed drives I. Title II. Series 621.462 ISBN (10 digit) 0 86341 114 2 ISBN (13 digit) 978-0-86341-114-4

Printed in the UK by Short Run Press Ltd, Exeter Reprinted in the UK by Lightning Source UK Ltd, Milton Keynes

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Preface 1 AC motors 1.1 Introduction 1.2 The induction motor 1.2.1 Induction motor principles 1.2.2 The variable frequency induction motor 1.2.3 The equivalent circuit 1.2.4 The vector diagram 1.2.5 Equations and relationships 1.2.6 Examples of calculations 1.3 The synchronous motor 1.3.1 Synchronous motor principles 1.3.2 Equivalent circuits and vector diagrams 1.3.3 Equations and relationships 1.3.4 Examples of calculations 1.4 Harmonics in AC motors 1.4.1 Harmonic power losses 1.4.2 Torque pulsations 1.4.3 Harmonic equivalent circuits 1.5 Motor power losses 1.6 Motor voltages to earth Power switching devices 2.1 Introduction 2.2 The thyristor 2.2.1 Capabilities and performance 2.2.2 The available thyristors 2.2.3 Thyristors in AC motor drive circuits 2.3 The transistor 2.3.1 Capabilities and performance 2.3.2 The available transistors 2.3.3 Transistors in AC motor drive circuits

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The gate turn off thyristor 2.4.1 Capabilities and performance 2.4.2 The available GTO thyristors 2.4.3 GTO's in AC motor drive circuits

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Power switching circuits 3.1 Introduction 3.2 The 3 phase, naturally commutated bridge 3.2.1 As a rectifier 3.2.2 As an inverter regeneration 3.2.3 Switch voltages 3.2.4 DC voltage harmonics 3.2.5 AC current harmonics 3.3 The three phase bridge inverter 3.3.1 The voltage source bridge inverter 3.3.2 The current source bridge inverter 3.4 Isolation of electronics The 4.1 4.2 4.3 six step voltage source inverter for induction motors Introduction Principles of operation Detailed analysis of the system 4.3.1 Circuit waveforms 4.3.2 Relationships and equations 4.3.3 Examples of calculations 4.4 Practical circuit design considerations 4.4.1 Overcurrent protection 4.4.2 Overvoltage protection 4.4.3 Factors affecting specifications 4.4.4 Circuit variations 4.5 Overall control methods 4.5.1 Supply convertor control 4.5.2 Inverter control 4.5.3 Typical control schemes 4.6 Performance and application 4.6.1 Torque/speed characteristics 4.6.2 Speed control accuracy 4.6.3 Supply power factor and harmonics The Pulse Width Modulated voltage source inverter for induction motors 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Principles of operation 5.2.1 Pulse width modulation 5.2.2 The PWM drive system

Contents 5.3 Detailed analysis of the system 5.3.1 Motor waveforms 5.3.2 Inverter circuit waveforms 5.3.3 Circuit relationships and equations 5.3.4 Examples of calculations Practical circuit design considerations 5.4.1 Overcurrent protection 5.4.2 Regeneration 5.4.3 Factors affecting specifications 5.4.4 Typical circuit diagram Overall control methods Performance and application 5.6.1 Torque/speed characteristics 5.6.2 Efficiency 5.6.3 Supply power factor 5.6.4 Motor and supply harmonics 5.6.5 Accuracy and transient performance

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5.5 5.6

The 6.1 6.2 6.3.

six step current source inverter drive Introduction Principles of operation Detailed analysis of the system 6.3.1 Circuit waveforms 6.3.2 The motor vector diagram 6.3.3 Circuit relationships and equations 6.3.4 The standard current source inverter circuit 6.3.5 Examples of calculations 6.4 Practical circuit design considerations 6.4.1 Overcurrent protection 6.4.2 Overvoltage protection 6.4.3 Circuit variations 6.4.4 Factors affecting specifications 6.5 Overall control methods 6.6 Performance and application 6.6.1 Torque/speed characteristics 6.6.2 Efficiency 6.6.3 Supply power factor 6.6.4 Torque pulsations The six step synchro-convertor system for synchronous motors 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Principles of operation 7.2.1 Starting and low speed operation 7.2.2 Normal running conditions







123 Reversing and regeneration 7.2.4 Motor excitation Detailed analysis of the system 7.3.1 Convertor and motor waveforms 7.3.2 Armature reaction 7.3.3 Motor vector diagram 7.3.4 Relationships and equations 7.3.5 Examples of calculations Practical circuit design considerations 7.4.1 Overcurrent protection 7.4.2 Factors affecting specifications 7.4.3 Circuit variations Overall control methods 7.5.1 Supply convertor control 7.5.2 Motor convertor control 7.5.3 Excitation control Performance and application 7.6.1 Torque/speed characteristic 7.6.2 Efficiency 7.6.3 Speed control accuracy 7.6.4 Stability and transient performance 7.6.5 Supply power factor 7.6.6 Torque pulsations

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The current source inverter for the capacitor self-excited induction


8.1 Introduction 8.2 Principles of operation 8.2.1 High speed running 8.2.2 Lower speed running 8.3 Detailed analysis of the system 8.3.1 Circuit waveforms 8.3.2 The motor vector diagram 8.3.3 Relationships and equations 8.3.4 Examples of calculations 8.4 Practical circuit design considerations 8.4.1 Protection 8.4.2 Commutation methods 8.4.3 Factors affecting specifications 8.5 Overall control methods 8.5.1 Supply convertor control 8.5.2 Motor convertor control 8.5.3 Motor magnetisation control 8.5.4 Typical overall control scheme

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Contents 8.6 Performance and application 8.6.1 Motor current waveforms 8.6.2 Torque/speed capability 8.6.3 Supply power factor

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The cycloconvertor 9.1 Introduction 9.2 Principles of operation 9.2.1 The fundamental principles 9.2.2 3 phase systems 9.2.3 Reversal and regeneration 9.2.4 Supply side conditions 9.3 Detailed analysis of the system 9.3.1 Circuit waveforms 9.3.2 Current reversal 9.3.3 The motor vector diagram 9.3.4 Relationships and equations 9.3.5 Examples of calculations 9.4 Practical circuit design considerations 9.4.1 Overcurrent protection 9.4.2 Convertor polarity switching 9.4.3 Alternative power circuits 9.5 Overall control methods 9.5.1 Firing control 9.5.2 Typical control schemes 9.6 Performance and application 9.6.1 Speed range 9.6.2 Dynamic performance 9.6.3 Supply power factor 9.6.4 Harmonics

10 The slip energy recovery system for wound rotor induction motors 10.1 Introduction 10.2 Principles of operation 10.3 Detailed analysis of the system " 10.3.1 Circuit waveforms 10.3.2 The motor equivalent circuit 10.3.3 The motor vector diagram 10.3.4 Circuit equations and relationships 10.3.5 Examples of calculations 10.4 Practical circuit designs 10.4.1 Overcurrent protection 10.4.2 Overvoltage protection 10.4.3 Circuit variations


10.5 Overall control methods 10.6 Performance and application 10.6.1 Efficiency 10.6.2 Power factor 10.6.3 Torque capability 10.6.4 Harmonics in the system Bibliography Index

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During recent years there has been a surge of interest in the subject of AC Variable Frequency Motor Drives and this has been mainly due to the many technical and financial benefits which can be derived from being able to vary the speed of a process. The plant can be operated under its optimum condition whatever its loading and in many cases considerable energy savings can be made compared to other drive arrangements. During the same period there has also been considerable technical advance in the capabilities of such drive systems due mainly to the emergence of high quality semiconductor power switches and control microprocessors. This has caused the cost of these drive systems to reduce so that the overall economics of their application can be favourable in an increasing range of potential uses. In writing this book my aim has been to explain the technicalities of these drives in such a way that they can be understood by as wide a range of people as possible so as to encourage the increasing use of these systems. It has not been written just for the technical expert in this area of drives but also for the people who will use, apply and maintain such systems as well as those who only have a general interest in the subject. I have also included information which will be of particular interest to the college and university departments dealing with power electronic equipment and I hope this book helps them widen the scope of their curriculum to include variable speed drives. The preparation of this book was greatly assisted by my developing a set of computer programmes designed to model the individual drive systems. As a result I have decided to complete the development of these programmes and to make them available to others. These programmes model the steady state behaviour of the drive systems and using them it is possible to: a) Model any drive, of any size, of any speed range operating at any voltage level. b) Operate the computer as though it were the drive, using the keyboard to input your requirements and observing the drive operation on the screen.



c) Establish all the variable parameters of the drive under any condition of operation. All the supply convertor, motor convertor and motor currents, voltages and power factors, etc., are available at any operating speed and torque. d) Observe the switching sequences of the power circuits while controlling the drive model from the computer keyboard. e) Obtain printed graph plots of the variation of all the drive parameters from a printer connected to the computer. f) Carry out experiments on the drive model under a variety of conditions, as though it was a set of laboratory equipment. It is possible to start with a simplified system, e.g. neglecting power losses, etc. and to gradually increase the system complexity until a full practical drive is being modelled and studied. These programmes are a very important aid to the full understanding of these drive systems. Further details can be obtained from ORANGE ENTERPRIZES, 20, BADBY ROAD, DAVENTRY, NORTHANTS. NN11 4AP, ENGLAND. I would like to thank all my colleagues at G.E.C. Industrial Controls, Rugby, for the help they have given me, this book would not have been possible without their help, specifically I would like to thank Mr. David Martin for much expert advice. Special thanks are due to my wife, Lesley, for being patient during the many hours of writing and for the time she spent transferring my untidy handwriting into our word processor and hence into the typed manuscript. Acknowledgement is also given to The General Electric Company of England and to G.E.C. Industrial Controls, Ltd, for permission to publish this book, the contents of which I learned while in their employ. May I hope that all readers find this book interesting, informative and readable. DAVID FINNEY DAVENTRY 1987