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|Title:||6/14 Switched Reluctance Machine Design for Household HVAC System Applications|
|Keywords:||switched reluctance machine;electric motor design;electric machine design;HVAC;furnace blower motor;6/14 SRM|
|Abstract:||With the unstable cost and supply of rare earth materials used in permanent magnet electric machines, many alternative machine types are being studied which are suitable for different applications. The focus of this thesis is the design of a novel 6/14 switched reluctance machine which can be fitted in a residential heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) application based on measured performance characteristics of an existing surface mount permanent-magnet synchronous (SMPS) machine. Residential electric motor applications are reviewed and in particular - furnace blower motor appliances. The fundamentals of switched reluctance machines are discussed, including the mechanism, operation, and control strategy. A SMPS motor which is commercially available for retrofitting into residential HVAC systems is analyzed to find its performance characteristics through disassembly, inspection, and dynamometer bench testing. The design of a novel 6/14 SRM optimization process is outlined to investigate the effect of changing the geometry values within the motor on the performance characteristics, while keeping within the size constraints of the original motor. A novel 6/14 SRM design is presented which is capable of achieving the target goals in the desired operating conditions. Further suitability testing is performed in terms of thermal analysis of the motor in the peak and continuous operating condition and mechanical stress analysis of the rotor under various rotational speeds. The full CAD assembly of the motor is designed including components from the original SMPS motor to allow for fitting in the same HVAC application.|
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