Power Capability Improvement of Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Drives Using Capacitive Network

Kahyun Lee, Hyeon Gyu Choi, Jung Ik Ha

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This paper proposes a method to boost the terminal voltages using a capacitive network. The boosted voltage can improve the power capability of an interior permanent magnet synchronous motor (IPMSM). In the conventional drive system fed by a voltage-source inverter, the terminal voltages of the motor are limited by the dc-link voltage. Such a voltage limitation reduces the torque capability at high speeds. Thereby, the maximum output power is limited. To overcome this feature, series capacitor network between the inverter and the motor is introduced in the proposed IPMSM drive system. The series capacitors boost the motor terminal voltages higher than the inverter voltages to increase the rated speed, resulting in improved power capability. The rated speed in the proposed drive system can be redefined to the desired value through a capacitive network. The enhanced power capability and design freedom in the rated speed are particularly advantageous in fan-load applications where the load torque is proportional to the square of speed. This article presents the structure, d-q equivalent model, operating characteristics, and operable area of the proposed drive. Experimental results are given to verify the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8948360
Pages (from-to)10109-10120
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2020

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  • Boost inverter
  • capacitor
  • high-power drive
  • permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM)
  • voltage-source inverter (VSI)


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