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Motoring performance of a conical pole-pair separated bearingless electric machine

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5 Author(s)
Peter Kascak ; NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH 44135 USA ; Ralph Jansen ; Timothy Dever ; Aleksandr Nagorny
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In standard motor applications, traditional mechanical bearings represent the most economical approach to rotor suspension. However, in certain high performance applications, rotor suspension without bearing contact is either required or highly beneficial. Such applications include very high speed, extreme environment, or limited maintenance access applications. This paper presents a novel bearingless motor concept, in which full five-axis levitation and rotation of the rotor is achieved using two motors with opposing conical air-gaps. By leaving the motors' pole-pairs unconnected, different d-axis flux in each pole-pair is created, generating a flux imbalance which creates lateral force. Note this is approach is different than that used in previous bearingless motors, which use separate windings for levitation and rotation. This paper will examine the predicted and achieved motor performance of a prototype bearingless system, which was sized for a high speed flywheel energy storage application.

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Energytech, 2011 IEEE

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25-26 May 2011