Sustainable Energy for Smart Cities. First EAI International Conference, SESC 2019, Braga, Portugal, December 4–6, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

A Three-Phase Bidirectional Variable Speed Drive: An Experimental Validation for a Three-Phase Induction Motor

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-45694-8_4,
        author={Luis Machado and Tiago Sousa and Delfim Pedrosa and Vitor Monteiro and J. Pinto and Joao Afonso},
        title={A Three-Phase Bidirectional Variable Speed Drive: An Experimental Validation for a Three-Phase Induction Motor},
        proceedings={Sustainable Energy for Smart Cities. First EAI International Conference, SESC 2019, Braga, Portugal, December 4--6, 2019, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={SESC},
        year={2020},
        month={6},
        keywords={Variable speed drive Active rectifier Induction motor Regenerative braking Power quality},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-45694-8_4}
    }
    
  • Luis Machado
    Tiago Sousa
    Delfim Pedrosa
    Vitor Monteiro
    J. Pinto
    Joao Afonso
    Year: 2020
    A Three-Phase Bidirectional Variable Speed Drive: An Experimental Validation for a Three-Phase Induction Motor
    SESC
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-45694-8_4
Luis Machado1,*, Tiago Sousa1, Delfim Pedrosa1, Vitor Monteiro1,*, J. Pinto1, Joao Afonso1
  • 1: University of Minho
*Contact email: lmachado@dei.uminho.pt, vmonteiro@dei.uminho.pt

Abstract

This paper presents the implementation and subsequent experimental verification of an electronic variable speed drive (VSD) for driving an induction motor, which is composed by a three-phase ac-dc converter on the grid-side and by a three-phase dc-ac converter on the motor-side. With the proposed solution, besides driving the motor, it is possible to mitigate power quality problems on the grid-side (e.g., current harmonics and power factor) associated with the use of diode-bridge ac-dc converters in the conventional VSDs. Besides, with the proposed solution, a bidirectional operation is possible, allowing to deliver to the power grid the energy generated in motor braking processes. As demonstrated along the paper, with the proposed VSD, it is possible to control the motor speed (including the rotation direction), and the operation with sinusoidal currents and unitary power factor on the grid-side. A laboratory prototype was developed, permitting to perform an experimental validation and prove the main functionalities of the VSD.