Efficiency Enhancement of Multiphase Electric Drives at Light-Load Operation Considering Both Converter and Stator Copper Losses Academic Article uri icon


  • 1986-2012 IEEE. Multiphase electric machines are attractive in comparison with three-phase ones due to advantages such as fault-tolerant nature, smaller rating per phase, and lower torque ripple. More specifically, the machines with multiple three-phase windings are particularly convenient, because they are suitable for standard off-the-shelf three-phase ac-dc converter modules. For instance, they are becoming a serious option in the context of electric vehicles and wind turbines. On the other hand, in these applications, operation at low power is often required for long time intervals; hence, improving the efficiency under such conditions is highly desired and could save a significant amount of energy in the long term. This paper proposes a method to enhance the efficiency of electric drives based on multiple three-phase windings at light load. The number of active legs is selected depending on the required torque at each instant. To ensure that the overall efficiency is effectively optimized, not only the converter losses but also the stator copper losses are taken into account. Experimental results verify the theoretical outcomes.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Negahdari, A., Yepes, A. G., Doval-Gandoy, J., & Toliyat, H. A.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Negahdari, Amir||Yepes, Alejandro G||Doval-Gandoy, Jesus||Toliyat, Hamid A

publication date

  • February 2019