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Experimental Investigations of Instantaneous Angular Speeds and Torsional Vibration in an AC Motor Driven Rotor System Involving a Variable Frequency Drive

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posted on 2021-05-23, 14:20 authored by Mina Nozohouri
Torsional vibration of a complex electro-mechanical system consisting of a VFD controller and AC induction motor is investigated in this thesis to study the dynamical behavior of a rather complex motor drive, used to power a DC generator and a set of heat-generation resistors for achieving various levels of nominal loads over a wide range of nominal frequencies/speeds. Two magnetic encoders are placed at two locations to record the arrival times of two arrays of teeth in connection with a data acquisition system. Through a Matlab-coded algorithm, the instantaneous angular speeds and their harmonic compositions up to 16th order of the mean motor speed can be accurately discerned. The model and the algorithms developed in this thesis can be used in a variety of machines and testing systems powered by induction motors and regulated by variable-frequency-drive controllers for design, condition monitoring and identification of sources of noise and disastrous vibration.





  • Master of Applied Science


  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Granting Institution

Ryerson University Shudong Yu

LAC Thesis Type

  • Thesis