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The thrust ripple in a permanent magnet linear synchronous motor (PMLSM) is mainly generated by the detent force that is caused by the interaction between the permanent magnet (PM) and the iron core without input current in armature winding. This paper proposes two different techniques to minimize the detent force in a PMLSM. One is to choose an optimal constructive design; the other is to employ a current compensator. In this paper, we investigate the performance of detent force minimization using both of them. The effectiveness is verified by both numerical and experimental results.
Date of Publication: Nov. 2008