Magnetic thrust bearing concepts: Tests and analyses Academic Article uri icon


  • The rotor/stator configurations considered are washer-shaped laminate stack (WL), tape-wound laminate stack (TL), U-shaped laminate stack (UL), solid metal (S), and solid wedge pieces. Since preloading reduces rotor vibration, the effects of preloading a WL rotor and TL stator system on the flux density/input current transfer function magnitude and phase are determined from tests. Since eddy currents result in power loss and phase lag, tests are performed on four rotor/stator pairs, i.e., WL/TL, TL/TL, TL/UL, and S/S, to find the one with minimal eddy currents. For S/S, the test results are compared with those obtained from a two-dimensional finite element analysis, for Silicon-Iron and Hiperco-27. Since overhanging the rotor beyond the stator is a common practice, the effect of this on the fringing of magnetic flux is studied using finite element analysis.

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author list (cited authors)

  • DeWeese, R. T., Palazzolo, A. B., Chinta, M., & Kascak, A.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • DeWeese, RT||Palazzolo, AB||Chinta, M||Kascak, A

publication date

  • February 1998