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Energies 2017, 10(5), 677; doi:10.3390/en10050677

Electromagnetic Performance Evaluation of an Outer-Rotor Flux-Switching Permanent Magnet Motor Based on Electrical-Thermal Two-Way Coupling Method

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School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
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Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Drive and Intelligent Control for Electric Vehicle, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
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Academic Editors: Joeri Van Mierlo and Omar Hegazy
Received: 16 March 2017 / Revised: 4 May 2017 / Accepted: 8 May 2017 / Published: 12 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Electric Vehicles and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles 2017)
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Abstract

Flux-switching permanent magnet (FSPM) motors have gained increasing attention in electric vehicles (EVs) applications due to the advantages of high power density and high efficiency. However, the heat sources of both permanent magnet (PM) and armature winding are located on the limited stator space in the FSPM motors, which may result in the PM overheating and irreversible demagnetization caused by temperature rise, and it is often ignored in the conventional thermal analysis. In this paper, a new electrical-thermal two-way coupling design method is proposed to analyze the electromagnetic performances, where the change of PM material characteristics under different temperatures is taken into consideration. First, the motor topology and design equations are introduced. Second, the demagnetization curves of PM materials under different temperatures are modeled due to PM materials are sensitive to the temperature. Based on the electrical-thermal two-way coupling method, the motor performances are evaluated in detail, such as the load PM flux linkage and output torque. The motor is then optimized, and the electromagnetic performances between initial and improved motors are compared. Finally, a prototype motor is manufactured, and the results are validated by experimental measurements. View Full-Text
Keywords: electrical-thermal two-way coupling; flux-switching permanent magnet motor; thermal analysis; permanent magnet material characteristics electrical-thermal two-way coupling; flux-switching permanent magnet motor; thermal analysis; permanent magnet material characteristics
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Shu, Z.; Zhu, X.; Quan, L.; Du, Y.; Liu, C. Electromagnetic Performance Evaluation of an Outer-Rotor Flux-Switching Permanent Magnet Motor Based on Electrical-Thermal Two-Way Coupling Method. Energies 2017, 10, 677.

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