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Estimation of equivalent thermal parameters of impregnated electrical windings

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rafal Wrobel


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It is common practice to represent a composite electrical winding as an equivalent lumped anisotropic material as this greatly simplifies a thermal model and reduces computation times. Existing techniques for estimating the bulk thermal properties of such composite materials use either analytical, numerical, or experimental approaches; however, these methods exhibit a number of drawbacks and limitations regarding their applicability. In this paper, a numerical thermal conductivity and analytical specific heat capacity estimation technique is proposed. The method is validated experimentally against three winding samples with differing configuration. A procedure is presented which enables bulk thermal properties to be estimated with a minimal need for experimental measurement, thereby accelerating the thermal modeling process. The proposed procedure is illustrated by the modeling of three coil exemplars with differing windings. Experimental thermal transients obtained by dc test of the coils show close agreement with a lumped-parameter thermal model utilizing estimated material data. © 2013 IEEE.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Simpson N, Wrobel R, Mellor PH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications

Year: 2013

Volume: 49

Issue: 6

Pages: 2505-2515

Print publication date: 01/11/2013

Online publication date: 15/05/2013

ISSN (print): 0093-9994

ISSN (electronic): 1939-9367

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/TIA.2013.2263271


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