Modified winding function-based model of squirrel cage induction motor for fault diagnostics

Bilal Asad*, Toomas Vaimann, Anouar Belahcen, Ants Kallaste, Anton Rassõlkin, Muhammad Naveed Iqbal

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This study presents the modelling and simulation of a squirrel cage induction motor using a modified winding function-based method. The aim of the model is to compute the motor's performance parameters, which are similar to the results obtained using the finite element method (FEM) with a considerably reduced simulation time. This fact can make this model good for iterations based optimisation and fault diagnostic algorithms. For this purpose, the actual stator and rotor winding functions and the air gap, with the inclusion of rotor and stator slots, are defined as conditional expressions. The resistances and various inductances are calculated with stepping rotor, saved in lookup tables and are used to calculate speed, torque, and currents of the motor. For the validation of the model, the frequency spectrum of stator current is compared with the one calculated using FEM and measurements taken in the laboratory setup under healthy and broken rotor bar conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1722-1734
Number of pages13
JournalIET Electric Power Applications
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Air gaps
  • Squirrel cage motors
  • Fault diagnosis
  • Finite element analysis
  • Torque
  • Stators
  • Machine theory
  • Machine windings
  • Induction motors
  • Rotors
  • FEM
  • Healthy rotor bar conditions

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