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Servo Control of Magnetic Gears

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3 Author(s)
Ryan Montague ; Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K. ; Chris Bingham ; Kais Atallah

This paper considers the analysis and application of magnetic gearbox and magnetic coupling technologies and issues surrounding their use in high performance servo control systems. An analysis of a prototype magnetic coupling is used as a basis for demonstrating the underlying nonlinear torque transfer characteristics, nonlinear damping, and “pole-slipping” features when subjected to overtorque (overload) conditions. It is also shown how pole-slipping results in a consequential loss of control. A theoretical investigation into the suppression of mechanical torsional resonances in transmission systems encompassing these highly compliant magnetically coupled components is included along with experimental results from a demonstrator drive train. Automatic detection of pole slipping and a reconfigurable controller are also investigated. By addressing these issues, the proposed techniques extend the application scope of magnetic gear/coupling technologies to more demanding applications than those hitherto considered possible-specifically, for use in servo control systems and high-bandwidth mechanical drive trains.

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IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 2 )