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This paper presents the design, analysis, control, and experimental evaluation of an innovative field-controlled axial-flux surface-mounted permanent-magnet machine. Topology and design equations, as well as an optimized design study, are attained. The machine is investigated in detail using finite-element analysis, and a prototype machine is built. In order to evaluate the new axial flux machine topology, an experimental system setup is devised and discussed. The experimental results of the prototype machine and a comparison between the analysis and test results are also presented.