Optimization techniques are widely used in the design of electrical machines to obtain maximum performance at minimal capital cost. After a brief overview of some of the optimization techniques employed in electrical machine design, this chapter highlights the features of brushless doubly fed reluctance machine (BDFRM) and its optimal design. The simple and robust construction, variable speed operation, better performance compared to traditional counterpart, and requirement of partially rated converter for speed control have made BDFRM an attractive alternative for variable speed applications such as pumps, blower, and wind generators. Due to unusual construction of BDFRM, conventional design procedures cannot be applied. A few critical issues in the design of BDFRM that greatly affect its performance are discussed. Design optimization is performed using nonlinear programming technique for 6-4-2 pole reluctance rotor and 8-6-4 pole ducted rotor configurations of BDFRM. 2 kW prototypes are then constructed for laboratory use. The performance of the prototypes is examined through finite element analysis (FEA) employing Maxwell 16 software. The test results are also presented.
Part of the book: Optimization and Control of Electrical Machines