Document Type : Original Article
Centre of Excellence on Applied Electromagnetic Systems, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, Iran
Electrical motor are the ubiquitous workhorses of the industry, working over wide range of conditions and applications. Modern motors, designed to exact ratings using new materials and improved manufacturing techniques, are now much smaller but have higher loadings. They are being operated much closer to the point of overload than ever before. To ensure a satisfactory lifespan for the motor, temperature rise must be limited to the safe values. This paper proposes an analytical approach to estimate core losses of induction motor supplied by either harmonic content or voltage unbalance source. A model based on the thermal lumped parameters is introduced and used to predict the insulation lifespan of induction motors. Lumped parameters network of the motor is developed based on dimensions of the motor, thermal resistances, thermal capacitances, and loss sources. Then, the model is used to estimate the temperature in different parts of the machine and its insulation lifespan. Finally, the predicted results are verified by experiments.