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Power Electronics and Electric Drives for Traction Applications by Gonzalo Abad

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Preface

The work presented in this book offers a practical approach to electric drives. Electric drives are in charge of controlling the movement of devices or appliances that we can find in our daily lives, such as air conditioning systems, washing machines, trains, trams, ships, electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, elevators, ventilation systems, and wind generators. Thus, the electric drive is part of the electromechanical equipment that enables, for instance, the driver of an electric vehicle to accelerate, decelerate, and maintain a constant speed—ultimately, to drive the car. In a similar way, the electric drive enables an elevator to move from one floor to another as required by its users, while maintaining certain standards of comfort, safety, efficiency, and so on.

This book describes in detail electric drives used in the following extensively used elements and devices: trains, ships, electric and hybrid vehicles, and elevators. In all these elements, and in many others, the electric drive is designed to be able to produce a controlled movement in accordance with the needs and preferences of the user. In essence, the basic electric and electronic working principles and fundamentals of the electric drive for each device are the same. However, for an optimized, safe, efficient, reliable, and comfortable. Performance, the basic fundamental electric drive concept must be adapted to each application or device.

Thus, in this book, the various characteristics of electric ...

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