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This paper presents a hybrid method for the calculation of eddy current loss in coreless stator axial field permanent-magnet (AFPM) machines. The method combines the use of two-dimensional finite element (FE) field analysis and the closed-form eddy loss formula. To account for three-dimensional field effects in an AFPM machine, a multilayer and multislice modeling technique has been devised. Experimental tests are carried out to validate the method. It is shown that the proposed method predicts the eddy current losses of a coreless stator AFPM machine with high accuracy.
Date of Publication: Sept. 2004