This paper presents a 2D hybrid steady-state magnetic field model, capable of accurately modeling the electromagnetic behavior in a linear induction motor, including primary slotting, finite yoke length, and longitudinal end-effects by primary motion. This model integrates a complex harmonic modeling technique with a discretized magnetic equivalent circuit model. The Fourier model is applied to regions with homogeneous material properties, e.g., air regions and the track of the motor, while the magnetic equivalent circuit (MEC) approach is used for the regions containing non-homogeneous material properties, e.g., the primary of the linear induction motor (LIM). By only meshing the domains containing highly-permeable materials, the computational effort is reduced in comparison with the finite element method (FEM). The model is applied to a double-layer single-sided LIM, and the resulting thrust and normal forces show an excellent agreement with respect to finite element analysis and measurement data.
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