Optimization of three-phase induction motor design part I: Formulation of the optimization technique

J. Appelbaum, F. F. Fuchs, J. C. White

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This two-part paper deals with the optimization of the induction motor designs with respect to cost and efficiency. Most studies on the design of an induction motor using optimization techniques are concerned with the minimization of the motor cost and describe the optimization technique that was employed, giving the results of a single (or several) optimal design(s). In the present paper, a more comprehensive study on the optimization of a three-phase induction motor design was performed. This includes the relationship between motor cost, efficiency, and power factor; the effect of the properties of the electrical steel; and other effects as they occur in an optimal design. In addition, the optimization procedure that was used in this paper includes a design program, where some of the secondary parameters (which are called here variable constants), are modified according to the optimal results, in contrast to other studies where these parameters remain constant for the entire optimization. In this part, a new mathematical formulation of the optimization problem of the induction motor is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-414
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1987
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
Electric Power ResearchInstitute1944-1
Electric Power Research Institute


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