Opportunities and Challenges of Switched Reluctance Motor Drives for Electric Propulsion: A Comparative Study

Selection of the proper electric traction drive is an important step in design and performance optimization of electrified powertrains. Due to the use of high energy magnets, permanent magnet synchronous machines (PMSM) have been the primary choice in the electric traction motor market. However, manufacturers are very interested to find a permanent magnet-free alternative as a fallback option due to unstable cost of rare-earth metals and fault tolerance issues related to the constant permanent magnet excitation. In this paper, a new comprehensive review of electric machines (EMs) that includes various new switched reluctance machine topologies in addition to conventional EMs such as PMSM, induction machine, synchronous reluctance machine (SynRel), and PM-assisted SynRel is presented. This paper is based on performances such as power density, efficiency, torque ripple, vibration and noise, and fault tolerance. These systematic examinations prove that recently proposed magnetic configurations such as double-stator switched reluctance machine can be a reasonable substitute for permanent magnet machines in electric traction applications.


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  • Accession Number: 01630958
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 2017 5:09PM