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We propose a new air-gap profile for single-phase permanent-magnet brushless dc (SP PM BLDC) motor to improve starting torque and to reduce cogging torque. We calculate starting torque and cogging torque using finite-element (FE) analysis. We perform a parametric analysis to study the effect of variation of proposed profile dimensions on cogging torque and starting torque. More than 70% improvement in starting torque and considerable reduction in magnitude of cogging torque is achieved compared to existing tapered air-gap profiles.
Date of Publication: Nov. 2010