Effect of capacitive auxiliary winding on a three-phase induction motor performance behaviour

Mbika Muteba, Dan Valentin Nicolae

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This paper investigates the effect of a capacitive three-phase auxiliary winding on the target variables of a three-phase squirrel cage induction motor (SCIM). The three-phase auxiliary winding is only magnetically coupled to the stator main winding. The three-phase SCIM is modelled using 2D Finite Element Method (FEM). The flux density distribution is numerically computed through the magnetostactic solver, and the other target variables of interst such as the efficiency, power factor and torque are obtained through ac magnetic-transient solver. A conventional 4 kW, 50-Hz, and 4-pole three-phase SCIM is modified to accommodate both main and auxiliary windings in the stator slots. The results obtained from Finite Element Analysis (FEA) are compared with results from practical measurement (PM). From both simulation and experimental results, it is noted that the capacitive auxiliary winding has not only enhanced the power factor, but it also has a significant impact on the efficiency, torque and other electromagnetic parameters of the three-phase SCIM.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE AFRICON
Subtitle of host publicationScience, Technology and Innovation for Africa, AFRICON 2017
EditorsDarryn R. Cornish
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538627754
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2017
EventIEEE AFRICON 2017 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 18 Sept 201720 Sept 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE AFRICON: Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa, AFRICON 2017


ConferenceIEEE AFRICON 2017
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityCape Town


  • Capacitive auxiliary winding
  • Efficiency
  • Power factor
  • Three-phase induction motor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications


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