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The paper presents a finite-element method-based design and analysis of interior permanent magnet synchronous motor with flux barriers (IPMSMFB). Various parameters of IPMSMFB rotor structure were taken into account at determination of a suitable rotor construction. On the basis of FEM analysis the rotor of IPMSMFB with three-flux barriers was built. Output torque capability and flux weakening performance of IPMSMFB were compared with performances of conventional interior permanent magnet synchronous motor (IPMSM), having the same rotor geometrical dimensions and the same stator construction. The predicted performance of conventional IPMSM and IPMSMFB was confirmed with the measurements over a wide-speed range of constant output power operation.