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Experimental Investigations on Self-Bearing Motors with Combined Torque and Electrodynamic Bearing Windings

Center for Research in Mechatronics (CEREM), Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering (IMMC), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
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This paper is an extended version of our paper published in Kluyskens, V.; Van Verdeghem, J.; Dumont C.; Dehez, B. Experimental Investigations on a Heteropolar Electrodynamic Bearing-self-bearing Motor. In Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Magnetic Bearings (ISMB), Beijing, China, 13–17 August 2018.
Actuators 2019, 8(2), 48; https://doi.org/10.3390/act8020048
Received: 7 May 2019 / Revised: 29 May 2019 / Accepted: 5 June 2019 / Published: 11 June 2019
The centering guidance forces in self-bearing permanent magnet motors are magnetically integrated with the torque generation windings, and can take place in a single multifunction winding. This radial guidance is usually actively controlled as a function of the rotor position, with the drawbacks associated to actively controlled devices. This article describes how multifunction windings can passively generate electrodynamic centering forces without the need for specific additional electronics, and simultaneously a driving torque if fed by a power supply. It shows the experimental electromotive force (EMF) measures, both for the electrodynamic centering and for the motor functions, obtained on a prototype, operating in quasistatic conditions. It also shows the measured radial forces generated by the electrodynamic bearing and the measured drive torque in these conditions. These measures show a good agreement with model predictions. These measures also confirm the theoretical conclusions stating that it is possible to generate passive guidance forces and torque simultaneously in a single winding. The effect of adding external inductors on the coils of the prototype is also investigated by experimental measures and model predictions on the bearing radial forces, and on the motor driving torque. It is shown that these external inductors mainly affect the radial guidance forces with minor impact on the torque. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-bearing motor; electrodynamic bearing; passive levitation self-bearing motor; electrodynamic bearing; passive levitation
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Kluyskens, V.; Van Verdeghem, J.; Dehez, B. Experimental Investigations on Self-Bearing Motors with Combined Torque and Electrodynamic Bearing Windings. Actuators 2019, 8, 48.

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