Comparison of the dynamic response of radial and tangential magnetic flux thrust bearings Academic Article uri icon


  • Theoretical predictions were made for the dynamic performance of a tangential flux magnetic thrust bearing. A prototype bearing was built with the stators and rotors made from tape wound strip. The performance of this bearing was measured and compared to the theoretical predictions and also to the performance of a radial flux thrust bearing. Tangential flux bearings are intrinsically amenable to construction from tape wound cores. Tape wound cores come in high saturation alloys like supermenduer which can give the bearing a high force to size ratio. The thin tape laminates give the bearing a broad frequency bandwidth. By comparison it is shown that it is difficult to make a laminated rotor magnetically efficient for radial flux bearings. A test rig is described that was built to measure the performance of the tangential flux bearing. A power amplifier with current feedback provided dc and harmonic current to the coils. A load cell was built into the test rig to measure the axial thrust, an inductive/hall sensor was included to measure the coil current, and a hall probe to measure the gap flux.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Kenny, A., & Palazzolo, A. B.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Kenny, A||Palazzolo, AB

publication date

  • March 2002