Radial Planar Magnetic Bearing Analysis With Finite Elements Including Rotor Motion and Power Losses PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
R. D. Rockwell, Jr., P. E. Allaire, M. E. F. Kasarda

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VAVirginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. 97-GT-503, pp. V004T14A070; 8 pages
  • ASME 1997 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 4: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; IGTI Scholar Award
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, June 2–5, 1997
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7871-2
  • Copyright © 1997 by ASME


No literature is currently available which has evaluated finite element power loss models for magnetic bearings and compared the results to experimental results. In this paper a finite element model of the magnetic and electric fields in magnetic bearings, including the motion of the magnetic material in the rotor, is developed. It evaluates the two dimensional magnetic vector potential, magnetic flux density, electric field, eddy current, and power losses in an example magnetic bearing configuration. Results were obtained for both a solid rotor and a laminated rotor. For a solid rotor, both the magnetic flux density and eddy current plots at high rotational speeds are concentrated at the outer edge of the rotor. The ratio of calculated solid to laminated losses is found to be in the range of measured results by other authors. An effective axial conductivity was employed to model a laminated rotor and compared to experimental loss measurements. The correlation between measured and calculated results is quite good for a range of rotor speeds, magnetic flux density, and air gap thickness.

Copyright © 1997 by ASME
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