On a new type of inverter-induced bearing current in large drives with one journal bearing

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Abstract

We report on a new type of inverter-induced bearing current (BC) that can occur with large inverter-based drive systems with one journal bearing. This current is a variation of the ¿high-frequency circulating¿ BC type that has been described by different authors over the last years. As with the first, the BC mirrors the common-mode (CM) current as a result of inductive coupling. However, the voltage across the bearing also mirrors the stator winding CM voltage and is not reduced to zero by the current flow. We show experimental results of measured currents and give physical explanations from which we then derive an effective mitigation technique, which is also illustrated through measurement results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-248
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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