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Just learning about power machines, I have a basic question

  1. Apr 30, 2015 #1
    Hi, I am an EE student that has been helping in my professor's lab. We have a Double Fed Induction Generator set up and it is rotated by a DC motor. It is used for experiments. We have the whole set up running through a controller with a graphical user interface where you can adjust various parameters and see graphs in real time of different things.

    As anybody here probably knows, a DFIG has windings on both the stator and rotor. I can control the voltage applied to the rotor windings from a computer. When the generator shaft is rotating, if I increase the rotor voltage, it increases the stator's output voltage. Why? I don't really understand what is going on inside the machine. I can kind of understand how I can control the stator frequency by changing the rotor frequency, but I don't understand why there is such a drastic difference in stator voltage. At 1600rpm, I can get 3.9V rms from the stator if I apply 3 volts to the rotor, or I can get 14.6V rms if I apply 7 volts to the rotor. That is a huge difference.

    What is physically happening here?
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  3. May 1, 2015 #2


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    Prior to experiments, have you studied machine theory from a textbook? Your questions are more on the theoretical side.
  4. May 1, 2015 #3
    I am in an introductory course to electric machines, but we aren't covering anything as complicated as a DFIG. We are studying basic simplified DC and AC machines.

    The only thing I can think of is that since you have windings on both stator and rotor it is acting as a sort of transformer. The voltage from the rotor is being "stepped up" across on the stator side and added to the voltage induced from being rotated. But I don't know if that is accurate or if there is something more or different at work.
  5. May 1, 2015 #4

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