This paper proposes and investigates an innovative methodology that can have a significant impact on the market potential of wound field, small-medium size synchronous generators (SGs). The technique proposed here is aimed at removing the need for the traditional stator skewing that is so commonly used in SGs to achieve acceptable values of voltage total harmonic distortion. To do this, a nonstandard damper cage configuration is proposed that comprises modulation of the damper bars' positioning. An off-the-shelf, 400-kVA generator is used as a benchmark machine. Its rotor is optimized and modified according to the proposed technique. The results of the final machine are then compared to the benchmark machine highlighting the excellent advantages that can be achieved through this technique. A full-scale prototype of the modified generator is then built to experimentally validate the concept. Finally, a detailed analysis on all the performance aspects of the prototype is carried out, to guarantee that the proposed technique has no negative impact whatsoever on the generator's performance.
A Methodology to Remove Stator Skew in Small-Medium Size Synchronous Generators via Innovative Damper Cage Designs / Nuzzo, S.; Galea, M.; Bolognesi, P.; Vakil, G.; Fallows, D.; Gerada, C.; Brown, N.. - In: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS. - ISSN 0278-0046. - 66:6(2019), pp. 4296-4307. [10.1109/TIE.2018.2864699]