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This paper considers the analysis and application of magnetic gearbox and magnetic coupling technologies and issues surrounding their use for motion control servo systems. Analysis of a prototype magnetic gear is used as a basis for demonstrating the underlying nonlinear torque transfer characteristic, nonlinear damping, and `pole-slipping' when subject to over-torque (overload) conditions. It is also shown how `pole-slipping' results in consequential loss of control. A theoretical investigation into the suppression of mechanical torsional resonances in transmission systems encompassing these highly-compliant magnetically-coupled components is included, along with experimental results, from a demonstrator drive-train. The automatic detection of pole-slipping, and recovery scenarios, is also presented.
Date of Conference: 26-28 April 2010