An average rated torque estimation for generally saturable switched reluctance (SR) machines based on vector analysis is described. The proposed analytical method enables the switched reluctance machine designers to compute quickly and relatively accurately the rated torque of the machine. This approach offers simplicity, accuracy, and intuitive insight characteristic to analytical solutions of magnetically nonlinear problems otherwise achievable only with time-consuming computer-based numerical simulation tools. The suggested analytical methodology, therefore, offers immediate answers regarding the rated torque performance at the early stages of the machine sizing and design process. In this chapter, the switched reluctance machine rated torque calculation is derived based on the analytically estimated flux-linkage characteristic map and the knowledge of the DC bus voltage of the machine. It is further demonstrated that the proposed analytical rated torque calculations, based on vector analysis, enable construction of highly accurate instantaneous phase current profiles using a graphical method and thus aiding intuition and providing valuable insight into the nonlinear switched reluctance machine operation and control requirements. The proposed method will be found particularly suitable for those studying the nonlinear design and control of switched reluctance machine technologies for electric vehicle traction and industrial applications.
Part of the book: Modelling and Control of Switched Reluctance Machines