Design Comparison of NdFeB and Ferrite Radial Flux Magnetic Gears Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2016 IEEE. Magnetic gears promise the benefits of mechanical gears with added advantages from contactless power transfer. Although most literature focuses on minimizing the size of magnetic gears, their material costs must also be reduced to achieve economic feasibility. This work compares the active material costs of NdFeB and ferrite radial flux magnetic gears with surface permanent magnets through a parametric 2D and 3D finite element analysis (FEA) study. Differences in optimal design trends such as pole count and magnet thicknesses are illustrated for the two materials. The results demonstrate that, for most historical price combination scenarios, NdFeB gear designs are capable of achieving lower active material costs than ferrite gear designs, and they are always capable of achieving much higher torque densities. Based on the selected design constraints, relative to a nominal ferrite cost of $10/kg, NdFeB must cost more than $90/kg before ferrite is cost competitive. Additionally, contour plots are provided to show the impact of material price rate variation on the cost break points.

author list (cited authors)

  • Johnson, M., Gardner, M. C., & Toliyat, H. A.

publication date

  • January 1, 2016 11:11 AM