Performance Analysis of Three-Phase Asynchronous Motor with AC Direct and VFD

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Performance Analysis of Three-Phase Asynchronous Motor with AC Direct and VFD


  1. Tech Scholar, Power System, Govt. Women Engineering College,

    Ajmer, India.

    S.N. Joshi

    Assistant Professor, EE Dept Govt. Women Engineering College,

    Ajmer, India

    Abstract This paper includes the performance analysis of three phase induction motor with three-phase AC direct and variable frequency drives (VFD). The comparison has been concluded with respect to various parameters. MATLAB- SIMULINKTM is used for the analysis.

    Keywords Pulse-width modulated inverter, diode rectifier, three- phase induction motor.


      VFD is variable frequency drive. VFD used to control the speed of electric induction motor. Induction motors are fixed speed motors which are used in most industries because of its reduced cost, reliability and rugged nature. The speed of the induction motor can be changed by various methods such as poles changing, voltage changing, connecting the resistance in rotor circuit etc., but the most efficient method is changing the supply frequency and voltage to the motor. Speed is directly proportional to the frequency of supply. The variable frequency drive (VFD) varies the frequency and hence varies the speed or torque of the induction motor as per the requirements of the load. As VFD provides the power efficient operation, smooth speed and torque control but also leads the harmonics in the system. Harmonics are generated due to use of power electronic switching devices. These harmonics affect the performance of the induction motor. This paper describes the effect of harmonics on motor performance and also how to improve the performance of induction motor by using appropriate LC filter with the help of MATLAB/Simulink. This paper has detail study of motor performance with different cases those showing performance of induction motor. First, we study the parameters when three phase induction motor is directly supplied by three phase AC supply. Then these parameters are compared with the parameters those are getting when same three phase induction motor is supplied by VFD without a filter. Then the performance is improved with the injection of LC passive filters in the system.


  1. Variable Frequency AC Motor Drive

    The traditional variable-frequency drive (known as a volts- per-hertz (V/Hz) changes the motors frequency and voltage using solid-state control units.

  2. Transistor Based Variable-Frequency Induction Motor Drives

The modern strategy for controlling the AC output of such a power electronic converters is the technique known as Pulse- Width Modulation (PWM), which varies the duty cycle of the converter switches at a high switching frequency to achieve a target average low frequency output voltage or current. In principle, all modulation schemes aim to create trains of switched pulses which have the same fundamental volt second average as a target reference waveform at any instant. The major difficulty with these trains of switched pulses is that they also contain unwanted harmonic components which should be minimized.

Three main techniques for PWM exist. These alternatives are:

  1. Switching at the intersection of a target reference waveform and a high frequency triangular carrier (Double Edged Naturally Sampled Sine-Triangle PWM).

  2. Switching at the intersection between a regularly sampled reference waveform and a high frequency triangular carrier (Double Edged Regular Sampled Sine-Triangle PWM)).

  1. Variable frequency control of induction motor

    This method is used to control the speed of an induction motor. The synchronous speed and therefore, the speed of the motor can be controlled by varying the supply frequency.The synchronous speed of an induction motor is given by the relation shown below.

    Synchronous speed,


    Three phase induction motor is widely used in any kind of industry like automobile, cement, fertilizer, chemical, Yarn production etc. because of its simple and rugged construction. A three phase induction motor is singly excited machine. Induction motor works on faraday law of electromagnetic induction. In this paper behaviour of an induction motor is studied when supplied with or without VFD by using MATLAB/Simulink.

    Fig. 1 Circuit Diagram of Induction Machine


      This converter is basically a combination of Bridge Rectifier, a LC Filter and a DC-AC PWM IGBT Inverter. A 60 Hz, voltage source feeds a 50 Hz, 50 kW load through an AC-DC-AC converter. The 600V, 60 Hz voltage obtained at the secondary of the Wye/Delta transformer is first rectified by a six pulse diode bridge. The filtered DC voltage is applied to an IGBT two-level inverter generating 50 Hz. The Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) in the IGBT Inverter at a 2 kHz carrier frequency. sample time of 4 us is Descritized in the circuit.

      Fig. 2 AC-DC-AC Converter


      Full-wave bridge rectifiers are used, employing either silicon junction diodes or thyristors. Because of the arduous operating conditions in a power station and the need for maximum reliability and life.

      Fig. 3 Three Phase Full Wave Rectifier with R Load

      Fig. 4 Output voltage waveform of Three phase Rectifier


      The dc to ac converters more commonly known as inverters, depending on the type of the supply source and the related topology of the power circuit, are classified as voltage source inverters (VSIs) and current source inverters (CSIs).

      Fig. 5 Classification of Three Phase Inverter

      Power Inverters are the Basic Electronic Circuits which is used to convert the DC to AC. The Inverter input may be from rectified AC input or DC source. The categories with which we can giving switching to the inverter is square wave and pulse width modulated technique.

      Fig. 6 Output waveforms of Three Phase Inverter

      Fig. 7 Discrete IGBT

      The main Advantages of PWM converter is the value of the load, the PWM inverter corrects the output voltage by changing the width of the switching frequency of the oscillators. The main drawback of this inverter is the harmonic voltages of fifth, seventh and other non- triplen odd multiple fundamental frequency distort the output voltage.

      Fig. 8 Discrete PWM Generator

      The PWM Generator block generates pulses for carrier-based pulse width modulation (PWM) converters using two-level topology. The block can be used to fire the forced- commutated devices (FETs, GTOs, or IGBTs) of single- phase, two-phase, three-phase, two-level bridges, or a combination of two three-phase bridges.

    4. LC FILTER

      A PWM sequence of pulses contains a useful base frequency and a set of high-frequency harmonics which are not required for common control purposes and all together produce electrical noise. Electrical noise is always undesirable for the electromagnetic compatibility reasons. Moreover, some of the high-frequency harmonics of the PWM are harmful for the electrical machines, basically because of two phenomena: reflections in a long cable and the rather low high-frequency impedance of the electrical machine via its phases through the bearings to the ground.

      Fig. 9 LC Passive Filter


      In this Simulation circuit model Three phase Induction motor fed by VFD system. Variable frequency Drive system made up of PWM Inverter. A 50 Hz, voltagesource feeds a 5HP Induction motor through an AC-DC-AC converter. The 600V, 50 Hz voltage obtained at secondary of the Wye/Delta transformer is first rectified by a six pulse diode bridge. The filtered DC voltage is applied to an IGBT two-level inverter generating 50 Hz. The IGBT inverter uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) at a 2 kHz carrier frequency. The circuit is discretized at a sample time of 2 us.

      Fig. 10 Simulation circuit of three phase induction motor when supplied by VFD with filter

      Fig. 11 THD in Voltage Waveform

      Fig. 12 THD in current when induction motor is supplied by VFD with filter


Induction motor works very efficiently when we operate it with Direct three phase AC voltage source. But the thing is, we need to control the speed of IM. In that case VFD is used to control the speed. But VFD made up of Power Electronics switching devices so it injects peaky rotor current, Oscillations in Torque which results additional heating, power losses that affects power stability of IM. To improve the rotor current waveform, an appropriate LC filter is connected after the VFD Converter. After LC Filter Rotor current of IM improves. Torque oscillations are damped and VFD Converter output waveform becomes more sinusoidal.


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