Distributed model for electromechanical interaction in rotordynamics of cage rotor electrical machines

Antti Laiho, Timo P. Holopainen, Paul Klinge, Antero Arkkio

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    In this work the effects of the electromechanical interaction on rotordynamics and vibration characteristics of cage rotor electrical machines were considered. An eccentric rotor motion distorts the electromagnetic field in the air-gap between the stator and rotor inducing a total force, the unbalanced magnetic pull, exerted on the rotor. In this paper a low-order parametric model for the unbalanced magnetic pull is coupled with a three-dimensional finite element structural model of the electrical machine.
    The main contribution of the work is to present a computationally efficient electromechanical model for vibration analysis of cage rotor machines. In this model, the interaction between the mechanical and electromagnetic systems is distributed over the air gap of the machine.
    This enables the inclusion of rotor and stator deflections into the analysis and, thus, yields more realistic prediction for the effects of electromechanical interaction. The model was tested by implementing it for two electrical machines with nominal speeds close to one of the rotor bending critical speeds. Rated machine data was used in order to predict the effects of the electromechanical interaction on vibration characteristics of the example machines.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)683-698
    JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
    Issue number4-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



    • eccentric rotor
    • rotordynamics
    • rotors
    • unbalanced magnetic pull

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