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Pre-Compressed and Stranded Aluminium Motor Windings for Traction Motors

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James Widmer, Dr Richard Martin, Professor Barrie Mecrow


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There are benefits if copper windings are replaced with aluminium in applications which are cost and mass sensitive, such as automotive traction; these include the low cost of aluminium, low mass of aluminium and the ease of motor recycling at end of life. However the relatively low electrical conductivity of aluminium compared to copper needs to be overcome. Pre-compressed motor coils have been shown to produce very high fill factors (>75%), reducing DC winding losses, therefore enabling the use of aluminium conductors. However the single stranded conductors used can be prone to high AC losses due to skin and proximity effects. Therefore a method of manufacture of pre-compressed coils made from stranded / Litz wire is needed, allowing AC losses to be reduced to low levels. This paper describes the development and test of stranded, pre-compressed aluminium coils which have been developed for use in an automotive traction application.

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Author(s): Widmer JD, Martin R, Mecrow BC

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 2015 IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC)

Year of Conference: 2015

Pages: 1851-1857

Print publication date: 01/01/2015

Online publication date: 18/02/2016

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/IEMDC.2015.7409316

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ISBN: 9781479979417