Quality assurance testing for magnetization quality assessment of BLDC motors used in compressors

Kwangwoon Lee, Jongman Hong, Sang Bin Lee, Sangtaek Lee

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Quality assurance testing of mass-produced electrical appliances is critical for the reputation of the manufacturer since defective units will have a negative impact on safety, reliability, efficiency, and performance of the end product. It has been observed at a brushless DC compressor motor manufacturing facility that improper magnetization of the rotor permanent magnet is one of the leading causes of motor defects. A new technique for post-manufacturing assessment the magnetization quality of concentrated winding brushless DC compressor motors for quality assurance, is proposed in this paper. The new method evaluates the data acquired during the test runs performed after motor assembly to observe anomalies in the zero crossing pattern of the back-emf voltages for screening motor units with defective magnetization. An experimental study on healthy and defective 250W brushless DC compressor motor units shows that the proposed technique provides sensitive detection of magnetization defects that existing tests were not capable of finding. The proposed algorithm does not require additional hardware for implementation since it can be added to the existing test run inverter of the quality assurance system as a software algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: 2008 Oct 42008 Oct 8

Publication series

NameConference Record - IAS Annual Meeting (IEEE Industry Applications Society)
ISSN (Print)0197-2618


Other2009 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHouston, TX


  • Appliances
  • Brushless DC motors
  • Compressors
  • Magnetization defects
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Permanent magnet
  • Quality assurance
  • Quality control
  • Speed sensorless control
  • Stator winding magnetization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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