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This paper illustrates potentials and limits of high-speed permanent-magnet (PM) motors. The influence of materials chosen for PM, stator core, and retaining sleeve is highlighted. Slotted and slotless topologies are considered and compared, computing magnetic, electrical, mechanical, and thermal quantities by means of both analytical and finite-element approach. Thermal and PM demagnetization limits as well as rotor losses are evaluated. A criteria of optimization of the motor structure is described, with the diameter ratio and the iron flux density as main design variables.
Date of Publication: Nov.-Dec. 2004