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Modeling Eddy-Current Damping Force in Magnetic Levitation Systems With Conductors

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Mohammad Khodabakhsh, Bogdan Epureanu

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Mehran Ebrahimian

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Paper No. DSCC2017-5164, pp. V002T01A001; 5 pages
  • ASME 2017 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 2: Mechatronics; Estimation and Identification; Uncertain Systems and Robustness; Path Planning and Motion Control; Tracking Control Systems; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Manufacturing; Intelligent Transportation and Vehicles; Sensors and Actuators; Diagnostics and Detection; Unmanned, Ground and Surface Robotics; Motion and Vibration Control Applications
  • Tysons, Virginia, USA, October 11–13, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5828-8
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


An analytical method is used to develop a model to calculate steady-state eddy-current damping effects in two configurations of magnetic levitation (maglev) systems. The eddy-current based force (eddy-current force) is used for high precision positioning of a levitated permanent magnet in maglev systems. In these systems, the motion of the levitated permanent magnet and changes of the coil’s currents, generate eddy current in the conductors. The proposed analytical model is used to calculate both effects. A conductive cylindrical shell around the levitated object is implemented as a new technique to generate eddy currents in maglev systems. The model is also employed to obtain eddy-current damping effects in a system with a conductive plate beneath the levitated object. The analytical models match results from high fidelity finite element analysis (FEA) with acceptable accuracy in a wide range of operations. Advantages of the two configurations are discussed.

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