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This paper presents the design and the experimental verification of an 18-slot/14-pole fractional-slot concentrated winding interior permanent magnet machine. The prototype machine was optimized for wide constant power speed range (7:1) and very low cogging torque, two of the most important requirements for traction machines. Measured performance of the constructed prototype machine has confirmed the finite-element modeling results. Experience gained from this study has led to develop a set of design rules for the concentrated winding (CW)- interior permanent magnet (IPM) machine. Scaling up of the prototype design based on these rules is also discussed in this paper.
Date of Publication: March 2013