Electrical machines for automotive electrically assisted turbocharging

David Gerada, Xuzhen Huang, Chengming Zhang, He Zhang, Xiaochen Zhang, Chris Gerada

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This paper introduces electrically assisted turbocharging (EAT) together with the requirements and challenges in selecting an electrical machine for the application. In an effort to identify the most appropriate technology, a detailed, quantitative, multidomain comparison between induction, permanent magnet, and switched reluctance machines is conducted. The study presented puts equal weighing on the electromagnetic, thermal, and mechanical sciences, together with the all-important cost and provides clear guidelines on the pros and cons of each machine type for the application in hand. For a real case study, the induction machine (IM) is identified as the most suitable candidate due to its high-temperature withstand and equalizing capabilities, together with the lower volt-ampere (VA) requirements. A high-performance (10 kW, 120 krpm) IM is prototyped and specific suitability aspects demonstrated on actual system-representative tests.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8389201
Pages (from-to)2054-2065
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • Electrically assisted turbocharging (EAT)
  • forced induction system (FIS)
  • high-speed electrical machines
  • induction machines (IM)
  • surface permanent-magnet (SPM) machines
  • switched-reluctance machines (SRM)
  • testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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