In an electrical machine design, thermal management plays a key role in improving the performance and reducing size. End-windings are commonly identified as the machine hot-spot. Hence, lowering and predicting end-windings temperature are crucial tasks in thermal management of electrical machines. This paper proposes and investigates a noninvasive but effective cooling method that aims for a uniform cooling of a machine's winding by implementing direct cooling on its end-windings. Modeling and experimental results show that a 25% hot-spot temperature reduction on a particular application can be achieved. To analyze the proposed technique in detail, an accurate but computationally economic lumped parameter thermal network is developed. Comparison between a 'standard' thermal network and its simplified equivalent (with less nodes) is presented where the models are developed and fine-tuned based on experimental data. All the above is used to investigate the potential of the proposed end-winding cooling method with different configurations of the methodology.
- Electrical machines
- lumped parameter thermal network
- thermal management
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering