Lumped-Parameter Thermal Analysis and Experimental Validation of Interior IPMSM for Electric Vehicle

  • Chen, Qixu (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University) ;
  • Zou, Zhongyue (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University)
  • Received : 2017.06.03
  • Accepted : 2018.05.31
  • Published : 2018.11.01


A 50kW-4000rpm interior permanent magnet synchronous machine (IPMSM) applied to the high-performance electric vehicle (EV) is introduced in this paper. The main work of this paper is that a 2-D T-type lumped-parameter thermal network (LPTN) model is presented for IPMSM temperature rise calculation. Thermal conductance matrix equation is generated based on calculated thermal resistance and loss. Thus the temperature of each node is obtained by solving thermal conductance matrix. Then a 3-D liquid-solid coupling model is built to compare with the 2-D T-type LPTN model. Finally, an experimental platform is established to verify the above-mentioned methods, which obtains the measured efficiency map and current wave at rated load case and overload case. Thermocouple PTC100 is used to measure the temperature of the stator winding and iron core, and the FLUKE infrared-thermal-imager is applied to measure the surface temperature of IPMSM and controller. Test results show that the 2-D T-type LPTN model have a high accuracy to predict each part temperature.


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