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Faulted PMSM

This example shows how to model a faulted PMSM using Simscape™ Electrical™. Normally when modeling a PMSM, you can represent each winding as a single entity with associated inductance, induced back EMF, and mutual inductive coupling to adjacent windings. However, when a winding fault occurs, the single entity assumption breaks down. To correctly capture the resulting dynamics, you have to model at a winding slot level. This requires modeling in the magnetic domain.

Initially, this example shows how to create a model of a PMSM in the magnetic domain using the Simscape Electrical fundamental blocks for a winding and for a rotor air gap. Then, it shows how to invoke and assess the impact of a number of different winding fault types.

Model Overview

At the top level the model compares the standard library PMSM block with the custom magnetic-domain subsystem that represents an SPMSM. You can then use the magnetic-domain model to study different fault behaviors, once validated for the no-fault case.

Magnetic Domain SPMSM Subsystem Overview

The figure shows the model architecture of a surface mount permanent magnet synchronous motor (SPMSM) with ten rotor poles and nine stator winding slots. The reference slot, Slot 1, is the middle of the three A-phase slots. Faults are introduced in this slot.

Validation Against Reference Model

The plot below shows simulation results from the custom magnetic domain model superimposed on simulation results from the Simscape Electrical standard PMSM library block.

Open Circuit Fault

The Slot 1 turns are open-circuited half-way through the simulation.

Ground Fault

The midpoint of the Slot 1 turns is shorted to ground half-way through the simulation.

Isolated Turns Fault

Half of the Slot 1 turns become isolated half-way through the simulation.