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Magnetic gears offer significant potential advantages compared with mechanical gears, such as reduced maintenance and improved reliability, inherent overload protection, and physical isolation between the input and output shafts. However, to date they have received relatively little attention, probably due to the relatively poor torque transmission capability of the magnetic circuit topologies which have been proposed. A new magnetic gear topology which combines a highly competitive torque transmission capability and a very high efficiency is described.
Date of Publication: Mar 2004