Comparative Experimental Investigation of Broken Bar Fault Detectability in Induction Motors

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CONGRESO Comparative Experimental Investigation of Broken Bar Fault Detectability in Induction Motors

Abstract

It has been shown in the past that the zerosequence current spectrum can be reliably used to detect broken bar faults in induction motors. Previous work was carried out with extensive FEM analysis. Although it allows detailed study of spatial and time-dependent electromagnetic characteristics of induction motors, FEM is a heavily timeconsuming tool and this limits full study. So, in this work, extensive experimental testing has been performed to validate the zero sequence current spectrum for detecting rotor asymmetries. Three identical induction motors have been used: one healthy, one with a broken rotor bar, and one with two broken rotor bars. The motors were tested under different voltage supply levels and with different mechanical loads. The zero-sequence current spectrum was calculated after measuring the three phase currents. It is for the first time experimentally shown that this approach offers greater diagnostic potential than traditional MCSA.