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Design study of a three-phase brushless exciter for aircraft starter/generator

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rafal Wrobel


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This paper presents a design study of a 3-phase AC main exciter (ME) for an aircraft starter-generator. A computationally efficient methodology for optimizing the design of the ME is presented. The optimisation is carried out using coupled two-dimensional (2D) magnetostatic finite element solver and particle swarm optimisation procedure (PSO). The ME design is then analysed using 3D FE to account for the end-winding effects, and the results are fed into a lumped-parameter circuit model of the ME. The circuit model allows for the operating modes of the ME being analysed in a computationally efficient manner also accounting for non-linearities. The theoretical findings are experimentally validated on a prototype generator. © 2011 IEEE.

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Author(s): Wrobel R, Griffo A, Mlot A, Yon J, Mellor P, Turner J, Rolfe B, Stevenson R, Collins R

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition: Energy Conversion Innovation for a Clean Energy Future, ECCE 2011, Proceedings

Year of Conference: 2011

Pages: 3998-4004

Online publication date: 01/11/2011

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/ECCE.2011.6064313

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ISBN: 9781457705427