Reliability is a fundamental requirement in electric propulsion systems, involving a particular approach in studies on system failure probabilities. An intrinsic improvement to the propulsion system involves introducing robust architectures such as fault-tolerant motor drives to these systems. Considering the potential for hardware failures, a fault-tolerant design approach will achieve reliability objectives without recourse to optimized redundancy or over-sizing the system. Provisions for planned degraded modes of operation are designed to operate the motor in fault-tolerant mode, which makes them different from the pure design redundancy approach. This article presents how a five-phase permanent-magnet synchronous motor operates under one- or two-phase faults, and how the system reconfigures post-fault motor currents to meet the torque and speed requirement of reliable operation that meets the requirements of an electric propulsion system.
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Jan 2021|
- multiphase motor
- fault tolerant drive
- electric propulsion