What is Dynamic Braking
By: Jeff Theisen, Rockwell Automation
Posted By: Michael Cromheecke, Rockwell Automation
When an induction motor’s rotor is turning slower than the synchronous speed set by the drive’s output power; the motor is transforming electrical energy obtained from the drive into mechanical energy available at the drive shaft of the motor. This process is referred to as ‘motoring’. When the rotor is turning faster than the synchronous speed set by the drive’s output power, the motor is transforming mechanical energy available at the drive shaft of the motor into electrical energy that can be transferred back into the utility grid. This process is referred to as ‘regeneration’. On most AC PWM drives, the AC power available from the fixed frequency utility grid is first converted into DC power by means of a diode rectifier bridge or controlled SCR bridge, before being inverted into variable frequency AC power. These diode or SCR bridges are very cost effective, but can handle power in only one direction, and that direction is the motoring direction. If the motor is regenerating, the bridge is unable to conduct the necessary negative DC current, and the DC bus voltage will increase until the drive trips off due to a Bus Overvoltage trip. There are bridge configurations, using either SCRs or Transistors that have the ability to transform DC regenerative electrical energy into fixed frequency utility electrical energy but are expensive. A much more cost effective solution is to provide a Transistor Chopper on the DC Bus of the AC PWM drive that feeds a power resistor which transforms the regenerative electrical energy into thermal heat energy which is dissipated into the local environment. This process is generally called ‘Dynamic Braking’, with the Chopper Transistor and related control and components called the ‘Chopper Module’, and the power resistor called the ‘Dynamic Brake Resistor’. The entire assembly of Chopper Module with Dynamic Brake Resistor is sometime referred to as the ‘Dynamic Brake Module’.
Chopper Modules are designed to be applied in parallel if the current rating is insufficient for the application. One Chopper Module is the designated ‘Master’ Chopper Module, while any other Modules are the designated ‘Follower’ Modules. Two lights have been provided on the front of the enclosure to indicate Chopper Module operation – the ‘DC Power’ light and the ‘Brake On’ light. The DC Power light will be lit when DC power has been applied to the Chopper Module. The Brake On light will be lit when the Chopper Module is operating or ‘chopping’ and will be a flickering type of indication.
How it works
There are two different types of control for dynamic braking, hysteretic control and PWM control. Each used by themselves in a standard stand alone product has no advantage over the other. The preferred control would be the PWM method when the application is common dc bus. This advantage is decribed below.
Hysteretic Control
The hysteretic method of dynamic braking uses a voltage sensing circuit to monitor the dc bus. As the dc bus volage increases to the Vdc_on level the brake IGBT is turned on and is left on until the voltage drops to the Vdc_off level (which is not so desirable in common dc bus applications  see below). Some of the Powerflex drives^{[1]} allow the Vdc_off level, [DB Threshold],to be adjusted if the application required it. Setting this level lower will make the dynamic braking more responsive but could lead to excessive DB activation.
References
 ↑ PF40, PF40P
PWM Control
This type of control to operate the brake IGBT is similar to the way output voltage to the motor is controlled. As the dc bus voltage increases and hits some predetermined limit the brake IGBT is turned on/off according to a control algorithm switch at 1khz. This type of control virtually eliminates bus ripple. The big advantage is when this type of control is in a common bus configuration.
Duty Cycle
Common DC Bus Applications
In a common bus configuration when a dynamic braking resistor is installed on each drive sharing the dc bus, it’s possible that the brake IGBT in some drives may not turn on, giving the impression that the drive is not functioning correctly or seeing one drive’s brake IGBT failing consistently while the other drives are fine. Looking at the below diagram, it shows the dc bus level for two drives on common bus. The delta between these voltages are exaggerated for clarity. As the voltage increases, drive 1’s IGBT turns on and decreases the voltage level before drive 2 sees voltage high enough to be told to turn on. This results in drive 1 doing all the “DB work” and drive 2 taking a powder. Now this situation could be ok as long as the minimum ohmic value for resistance is not violated and the regen event isn’t so great that a single resistor can’t handle the power. Of course if there is a large regen event where the voltage continues to rise after drive 1 has “turned on”, drive 2 will fire it’s IGBT when it reaches the voltage limit.
Here are two drives with PWM DB control on a common bus. Since one drive will turn on at a certain duty cycle the bus voltage will likely continue to rise guaranteeing that the other drive’s IGBT will turn on (at a different duty cycle).
How to Select A Chopper Module and Dynamic Brake Resistor
In general, the motor power rating, speed, torque, and details regarding the regenerative mode of operation will be needed in order to estimate what Chopper Module rating and Dynamic Brake Resistor value to use. A rule of thumb to use is that a Dynamic Brake Module can be specified when regenerative energy is dissipated on an occasional or periodic basis. When a drive is consistently operating in the regenerative mode of operation, serious consideration should be given to equipment that will transform the electrical energy back to the fixed frequency utility.
The peak regenerative power of the drive must be calculated in order to determine the maximum Ohmic value of the Dynamic Brake Resistor and to estimate the minimum current rating of the Chopper Module. The Rating of the Chopper Module is chosen from the Brake Chopper Module manual. Once the Chopper Module current rating is known, a minimum Dynamic Brake Resistance value is also known. A range of allowable Dynamic Brake Ohmic values is now known. These values exist from the minimum value set by the Chopper Transistor current rating to a maximum value set by the peak regenerative power developed by the drive in order to decelerate or satisfy other regenerative applications. If a Dynamic Brake Resistance value less than the minimum imposed by the choice of the Chopper Module is made and applied, damage can occur to the Chopper Transistor. If a Dynamic Brake Resistance value greater than the maximum imposed by the choice of the peak regenerative drive power is made and applied, the drive can trip off due to transient DC Bus overvoltage problems. Once the choice of the approximate Ohmic value of the Dynamic Brake Resistor is made, the wattage rating of the Dynamic Brake Resistor can be made.
The wattage rating of the Dynamic Brake Resistor is estimated by applying the knowledge of the drive motoring and regenerating modes of operation. The average power dissipation of the regenerative mode must be estimated and the wattage of the Dynamic Brake Resistor chosen to be slightly greater than the average power dissipation of the drive. If the Dynamic Brake Resistor has a large thermodynamic heat capacity, then the resistor element will be able to absorb a large amount of energy without the temperature of the resistor element exceeding the operational temperature rating. Thermal time constants in the order of 50 seconds and higher satisfy the criteria of large heat capacities for these applications. If a resistor has a small heat capacity, the temperature of the resistor element could exceed the maximum temperature limits during the application of pulse power to the element and could exceed the safe temperature limits of the resistor.
The peak regenerative power can be calculated in English units (Horsepower), in The International System of Units (SI) (Watts), or in the per unit system (pu) which is dimensionless for the most part. In any event, the final number must in Watts of power to estimate Dynamic Brake Ohmic value. Calculations in this page will be demonstrated in SI units.
Speed, Torque, Power Profile
The following figure is a typical dynamic braking application. The top trace represents speed and is desigated by the omega symbol. In the profile the motor is accelerated to some speed, it holds that speed for a period of time and is then decelerated. This deceleration is not necessarily to zero speed. The cycle is then repeated.
The middle trace represents motor torque. Torque starts out high as the motor is accelerated then drops down to maintain the commanded speed. Then the torque turns negative as the motor is decelerated. The cycle is then repeated.
The bottom trace represents motor power. Power increases as the motor speed increases. Power decreases some to maintain the commanded speed then goes negative when deceleration starts. (this point called Pb is the first value that needs to be calculated). The cycle is then repeated.
Dynamic Braking Module
Figure 1 shows a simplified schematic of a Chopper Module with Dynamic Brake Resistor. The Chopper Module is shown connected to the positive and negative DC Bus conductors of an AC PWM Drive. The two series connected Bus Caps are part of the DC Bus filter of the AC Drive. The significant power components of the Chopper Module are the protective fusing, the Crowbar SCR, the Chopper Transistor (an IGBT), the Chopper Transistor Voltage Control (hysteretic voltage comparator), and a freewheel diode for the Dynamic Brake Resistor.
The protective fuse is sized to work in conjunction with the Crowbar SCR. Sensing circuitry within the Chopper Transistor Voltage Control determines if abnormal conditions exist within the Chopper Module. One of these abnormal conditions is a shorted Chopper Transistor. If this condition is sensed, the Chopper Transistor Voltage Control will fire the Crowbar SCR, shorting the DC Bus, and melting the fuse links. This action isolates the Chopper Module from the DC Bus until the problem can be resolved.
The Chopper Transistor is an Isolated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT). There are several transistor ratings that are used in the various Chopper Module ratings. The most important rating is the collector current rating of the Chopper Transistor that helps to determine the minimum Ohmic value used for the Dynamic Brake Resistor. The Chopper Transistor is either ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’, connecting the Dynamic Brake Resistor to the DC Bus and dissipating power, or isolating the resistor from the DC Bus.
The Chopper Transistor Voltage Control regulates the voltage of the DC Bus during regeneration. The average value of DC Bus voltage is 375 Volts dc (for 230 Vac input), 750 Volts dc (for 460 Vac input), and 937.5 Vdc (for 575 Vac input). The voltage dividers reduce the DC Bus voltage to a low enough value that is useable in signal circuit isolation and control. The DC Bus feedback voltage from the voltage dividers is compared to a reference voltage to actuate the Chopper Transistor.
The Freewheel Diode (FWD) in parallel with the Dynamic Brake Resistor allows any magnetic energy stored in the parasitic inductance of that circuit to be safely dissipated during turn off of the Chopper Transistor.
Figure 1
Sizing the Dynamic Brake Module
Gather the following information:
1. The nameplate power rating of the motor in watts, kilowatts, or horsepower.
2. The nameplate speed rating of the motor in rpm, or rps.
3. The motor inertia and load inertia in kilogrammeters2, or lbft2.
4. The gear ratio, if a gear is present between the motor and load, GR.
5. Review the Speed, Torque Power profile of the application.
Equations used for calculating Dynamic Braking values will use the following variables.
ω(t) = The motor shaft speed in Radians/second, or
N_{(t)} = The motor shaft speed in Revolutions Per Minute, or RPM
T_{(t)} = The motor shaft torque in Newtonmeters, 1.01 lbft  1.355818Nm
P_{(t)} = The motor shaft power in Watts, 1.0HP = 746 Watts
P_{b} = The motor shaft peak regenerative power in Watts
Step 1 – Determine the Total Inertia
J_{T} = J_{m} + GR^{2} X J_{L}
J_{T} = Total interia reflected to the motor shaft, kilogrammeters^{2}, kgm^{2}, or poundfeet^{2}, lbft^{2}
J_{m} = Motor inertia, kilogrammeters^{2}, kgm^{2}, or poundfeet^{2}, lbft^{2}
GR = The gear ratio for any gear between motor and load, dimentionless
J_{L} = Load inertia, kilogrammeters^{2}, kgm^{2}, or poundfeet^{2}, lbft^{2}  1 lbft^{2} = 0.04214011 kgm^{2}
Step 2 – Calculate the Peak Braking Power
J_{T} = Total inertia reflected to the motor shaft, kgm^{2}
ω = rated angular rotational speed,
N = Rated motor speed, RPM
t_{3}  t_{2} = total time of deceleration from rated speed to 0 speed, in seconds
P_{b} = peak braking power, watts ( 1.0 HP = 746 Watts)
Compare the peak braking power to that of the rated motor power, if the peak braking power is greater that 1.5 times that of the motor, the deceleration time, (t3t2), needs to be increased so that the drive does not go into current limit. Use 1.5 times because the drive can handle 150% current maximum for 3 seconds.
Peak power can be reduced by the losses of the motor and inverter.
Step 3 – Calculating the Maximum Dynamic Brake Resistance Value
V_{d} = The value of DC Bus voltage that the chopper module regulates at and will equal 375Vdc, 750Vdc, or 937.5Vdc
P_{b} = The peak braking power calculated in step 2
R_{db1} = The maximum allowable value for the dynamic brake resistor
The choice of the Dynamic Brake resistance value should be less than the value calculated in step 3. If the value is greater than the calculated value, the drive can trip on DC Bus overvoltage. Remember to account for resistor tolerances.
Step 4 – Choosing the correct Dynamic Brake Module
Catalog No.  Resistance  Wattage 
240 Volt 


KA005 
28 ohms 
666 watts 
KA010 
13.2 ohms 
1650 watts 
KA050 
na 
na 
460 Volt 


KB005 
108 ohms 
1500 watts 
KB010 
52.7 ohms 
2063 watts 
KB050 
10.5 ohms 
7000 watts 
600 Volt 


KC005 
108 ohms 
1500 watts 
KC010 
52.7 ohms 
2063 watts 
KC050 
15.8 ohms 
8000 watts 
In the Table above choose the correct Dynamic Brake Module based upon the resistance value being less than the maximum value of resistance calculated in Step 3. If the Dynamic Brake Resistor value of one Dynamic Brake Module is not sufficiently low, consider using up to three Dynamic Brake Modules in parallel, such that the parallel Dynamic Brake resistance is less than Rdb1 calculated in Step 3. If the parallel combination of Dynamic Brake Modules becomes too complicated for the application, consider using a Brake Chopper Module with a separately specified Dynamic Brake Resistor.
Step 5 – Estimate average power
It is assumed that the application exhibits a periodic function of acceleration and deceleration. If (t3t2) = the time in seconds necessary for deceleration from rated speed to 0 speed, and t4 is the time in seconds before the process repeats itself, then the average duty cycle is (t3t2)/t4. The power as a function of time is a linearly decreasing function from a value equal to the peak regenerative power to 0 after (t3t2) seconds have elapsed. The average power regenerated over the interval of (t3t2) seconds is Pb/2. The average power in watts regenerated over the period t4 is:
P_{av} = Average dynamic brake resistor dissipation, in watts
t_{3}  t_{2} = Elapsed time to decelerate from rated speed to 0 speed, in seconds
t_{4} = Total cycle time or period of process, in seconds
P_{b} = Peak braking power, in watts
The Dynamic Brake Resistor power rating of the Dynamic Brake Module (singly or two in parallel) that will be chosen must be greater than the value calculated in Step 5. If it is not, then a Brake Chopper Module with the suitable Dynamic Brake Resistor must be specified for the application.
Step 6 – Calculate Percent Average Load
The calculation of AL is the Dynamic Brake Resistor load expressed as a percent. Pdb is the sum of the Dynamic Brake Module dissipation capacity and is obtained from the Table in step 4. This will give a data point for a line to be drawn on the curve in Figure 3. The number calculated for AL must be less than 100%. If AL is greater than 100%, an error was made in a calculation or the wrong Dynamic Brake Module was selected.
AL = Average load in percent of Dynamic Brake Resistor
P_{av} = Average dynamic brake resistor dissipation calculated in Step 5 (Watts)
P_{db} = Steady state power dissipation capacity of resistors obtained from the table in step 4 (Watts)
Step 7 – Calculate Percent Peak Load
The calculation of PL in percent gives the percentage of the instantaneous power dissipated by the Dynamic Brake Resistors relative to the steady state power dissipation capacity of the resistors. This will give a data point to be drawn on the curve of Figure 3. The number calculated for PL will commonly fall between 300% and 600% for the Dynamic Brake Modules. A calculated number for PL of less than 100% indicates that the Dynamic Brake Resistor has a higher steady state power dissipation capacity than is necessary.
PL = Peak load in percent of Dynamic Brake Resistor
P_{av} = Peak braking power calculated in Step 2 (Watts)
P_{db} = Steady state power dissipation capacity of resistors obtained from the table in step 4 (Watts)
Step 8 – Plot PL and AL on Curve
Draw a horizontal line equal to the value of AL (Average Load) in percent as calculated in Step 6. This value must be less than 100%. Pick a point on the vertical axis equal to the value of PL (Peak Load) in percent as calculated in Step 7. This value should be greater the 100%. Draw a vertical line at (t3  t2) seconds such that the line intersects the AL line at right angles. Label the intersection point “Point 1”. Draw a straight line from PL on the vertical axis to Point 1 on the AL line. This line is the power curve described by the motor as it decelerates to minimum speed.
If the line you drew lies to the left of the constant temperature power curve of the Dynamic Brake Resistor, then there will be no application problem. If any portion of the line lies to the right of the constant temperature power curve of the Dynamic Brake Resistor, then there is an application problem. The application problem is that the Dynamic Brake Resistor is exceeding its rated temperature during the interval that the transient power curve is to the right of the resistor power curve capacity. It would be prudent to parallel another Dynamic Brake Module or apply a Brake Chopper Module with a separate Dynamic Brake Resistor.
Chopper and Resistors
Sizing the Chopper and Resistors
Sizing the chopper module is the same as the dynamic brake module with a couple of added steps. Since the chopper is seperate from the resistors, an additional calculation for current needs to be made. Additionally a calculation for wattseconds or joules needs to be made for resistor sizing.
Step 1 – Determine the Total Inertia
J_{T} = J_{m} + GR^{2} x J_{L}
J_{T} = Total inertia reflected to the motor shaft, kilogrammeters^{2}, kgm^{2}, or poundfeet^{2}, lbft^{2}
J_{m} = motor inertia, kilogrammeters^{2}, kgm^{2}, or poundfeet^{2}, lbft^{2}
GR^{2} = the gear ratio for any gear between motor and load, dimensionless
J_{L} = load inertia, kilogrammeters^{2}, kgm^{2}, or poundfeet^{2}, lbft^{2} (1.0 lbft^{2} = 0.04214011 kgm^{2})
Step 2 – Calculate the Peak Braking Power
J_{T} = Total inertia reflected to the motor shaft, kgm^{2}
ω = rated angular rotational speed,
N = Rated motor speed, RPM
t_{3}  t_{2} = total time of deceleration from the rated speed to 0 speed,seconds
Pb = peak braking power, watts (1.0HP = 746 Watts)
Compare the peak braking power to that of the rated motor power, if the peak braking power is greater that 1.5 times that of the motor, then the deceleration time, (t3t2), needs to be increased so that the drive does not go into current limit. Use 1.5 times because the drive can handle 150% current maximum for 3 seconds.
Peak power can be reduced by the losses of the motor and inverter.
Step 3 – Calculating the Maximum Dynamic Brake Resistance Value
V_{d} = The value of DC Bus voltage that the chopper module regulates at and will equal 375Vdc, 750Vdc, or 937.5Vdc
P_{b} = The peak braking power calculated in step 2
R_{db1} = The maximum allowable value for the dynamic brake resistor
The choice of the Dynamic Brake resistance value should be less than the value calculated in step 3. If the value is greater than the calculated value, the drive can trip on DC Bus overvoltage. Remember to account for resistor tolerances.
Step 4 – Choosing the Chopper Module
I_{dl} = The minimum current flowing through the chopper module transistor
V_{d} = The value of DCBus voltage chosen in step 3
R_{dbl} = The value of the dynamic brake resistor calculated in step 3
The value of I_{d1} sets the minimum value of current rating for the Chopper Module. When the Chopper Module choice has been made, the current rating of the Module Transistor must be greater than or equal to the calculated value for I_{d1}. See the table below for rating values.
Drive Voltage (Volts AC)  TurnOn Voltage (Volts DC)  Catalog Number  Peak Transistor Current Rating (Amps)  Minimum DB Resistor Value (Ohms) 
230 
375 
WA018 
50 
9.0 
WA070 
200 
2.3 
WA115 
400 
1.25 
460 
750 
WB009 
25 
37 
WB035 
100 
9.0 
WB110 
400 
2.5 
575 
935 
WC009 
25 
46 
WC035 
75 
15.5 
WC085 
400 
3.0 
Step 5 – Determine the Minimum Resistance
Each chopper module in the table above has a minimum resistance associated with it. If a [[[resistance]] lower than the value show in the table is connected to the chopper module, the brake transistor will most likely be damaged.
Step 6 – Choosing the Dynamic Brake Resistance Value
To avoid damage to this transistor and get the desired braking performance, select a resistor with a resistance between the maximum resistance calculated in step 3 and the minimum resistance of the selected chopper module.
Step 7 – Estimating the Minimum Wattage requirements for the Dynamic Brake Resistor
It is assumed that the application exhibits a periodic function of acceleration and deceleration. If (t3t2) = the time in seconds necessary for deceleration from rated speed to 0 speed, and t4 is the time in seconds before the process repeats itself, then the average duty cycle is (t3t2)/t4. The power as a function of time is a linearly decreasing function from a value equal to the peak regenerative power to 0 after (t3t2) seconds have elapsed. The average power regenerated over the interval of (t3t2) seconds is Pb/2. The average power in watts regenerated over the period t4 is:
P_{av} = average dynamic brake resistor dissipation, watts
t_{3}  t_{2} = Elapsed time to decelerate from rated speed to 0 speed, seconds
t_{4} = Total cycle time or period of process, seconds
P_{b} = Peak braking power, watts
The Dynamic Brake Resistor power rating in watts that will be chosen should be equal to or greater than the value calculated in step 7.
Step 8 – Calculate the requires WattSeconds (joules) for the resistor
In order the ensure that the resistors thermal capabilities are not violated, a calcualtion to determine the amount of energy dissipated into the resistor will be made. This will determine the amount joules the resistor must be able to absorb
P_{ws} = Required watt  seconds of the resistor
t_{3}t_{2} = Elapsed time to decelerate from ω_{b} speed to ω_{0} speed, seconds
P_{b} = Peak braking power, watts
Internal Brake IGBT
Sizing Resistors for an internal DB IGBT
Sizing resistors for the internal DB IGBT Uses the same formula's as previous, and is very similar to the Chopper Module sizing.
Step 1 – Determine the Total Inertia
J_{T} = Total inertia reflected to the motor shaft, kilogrammeters^{2}, kgm^{2}, or poundfeet^{2}, lbft^{2}
J_{m} = motor inertia, kilogrammeters^{2}, kgm^{2}, or poundfeet^{2}, lbft^{2}
GR = The gear ratio for any gear between motor and load, dimensionless
J_{L} = load inertia, kilogrammeters^{2}, kgm^{2}, or poundfeet^{2}, lbft^{2} (1.0 lbft^{2} = 0.04214011 kgm^{2})
Step 2 – Calculate the Peak Braking Power
J_{T} = Total inertia reflected to the motor shaft, kgm^{2}
ω = rated angular rotational speed,
N = Rated motor speed, RPM
t_{3}  t_{2} = total time of deceleration from the rated speed to 0 speed,seconds
Pb = peak braking power, watts (1.0HP = 746 Watts)
Compare the peak braking power to that of the rated motor power, if the peak braking power is greater that 1.5 times that of the motor, then the deceleration time, (t3t2), needs to be increased so that the drive does not go into current limit. Use 1.5 times because the drive can handle 150% current maximum for 3 seconds.
Peak power can be reduced by the losses of the motor and inverter.
Step 3 – Calculating the Maximum Dynamic Brake Resistance Value
V_{d} = The value of DC Bus voltage that the chopper module regulates at and will equal 375Vdc, 750Vdc, or 937.5Vdc
P_{b} = The peak braking power calculated in step 2
R_{db1} = The maximum allowable value for the dynamic brake resistor
The choice of the Dynamic Brake resistance value should be less than the value calculated in step 3. If the value is greater than the calculated value, the drive can trip on DC Bus overvoltage. Remember to account for resistor tolerances.
Step 4 – Determine the Minimum Resistance
Each drive with an internal DB IGBT has a minimum resistance associated with it. If a resistance lower than the minimum value for a given drive is connected, the brake transistor will most likely be damaged.
Step 5 – Choosing the Dynamic Brake Resistance Value
To avoid damage to this transistor and get the desired braking performance, select a resistor with a resistance between the maximum resistance calculated in step 3 and the minimum resistance of the selected chopper module.
Step 6 – Estimating the Minimum Wattage requirements for the Dynamic Brake Resistor
It is assumed that the application exhibits a periodic function of acceleration and deceleration. If (t3t2) = the time in seconds necessary for deceleration from rated speed to 0 speed, and t4 is the time in seconds before the process repeats itself, then the average duty cycle is (t3t2)/t4. The power as a function of time is a linearly decreasing function from a value equal to the peak regenerative power to 0 after (t3t2) seconds have elapsed. The average power regenerated over the interval of (t3t2) seconds is Pb/2. The average power in watts regenerated over the period t4 is:
P_{av} = Average dynamic brake resistor dissipation, in watts
t_{3}  t_{2} = Elapsed time to decelerate from rated speed to 0 speed, in seconds
t_{4} = Total cycle time or period of process, in seconds
P_{b} = Peak braking power, in watts
The Dynamic Brake Resistor power rating in watts that will be chosen should be equal to or greater than the value calculated in step 6.
Step 7 – Calculate the requires WattSeconds (joules) for the resistor
In order the ensure that the resistors thermal capabilities are not violated, a calcualtion to determine the amount of energy dissipated into the resistor will be made. This will determine the amount joules the resistor must be able to absorb
P_{ws} = Required watt  seconds of the resistor
t_{3}t_{2} = Elapsed time to decelerate from ω_{b} speed to ω_{0} speed, seconds
P_{b} = Peak braking power, watts