Characterisation and modelling of bearing current activity
Research Project , 2011 – 2016

Premature failures of bearings in electrical drive systems started to increase in the early 1990’s due to the introduction of the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT). The converter modulation scheme, in combination with high voltage derivative, creates a high-frequent shaft voltage that drives a current through the bearing. This, together with discharge of energy stored in stray capacitances, result in development of damages such as micro-craters on the balls and fluting pattern on the raceways.
 
 The overall aim of our research is to increase the electro-physical understanding of how bearing currents are initiated in a steel bearing in presence of a shaft voltage and understanding of the damages that these currents cause. We have experimentally investigated and modelled the electrical behaviour and properties of a bearing at different operating points.

Participants

Ola Carlson (contact)

Biträdande professor vid Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering, Power grids and Components

Jörgen Blennow

Docent vid Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering

Sara Fogelström

Projektledare forskning vid Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering, Power grids and Components

Collaborations

ABB Sweden

Västerås, Sweden

Connected Wind Services

Falkenberg, Sweden

SKF

Göteborg, Sweden

Funding

Swedish Wind Power Technology Center (SWPTC)

Funding Chalmers participation during 2011–2016

Publications

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Latest update

2019-02-07