Magnetic bearing amplifier output power filters for flywheel systems Conference Paper uri icon


  • Five power filters and two types of power amplifiers were tested for use with active magnetic bearings for flywheel applications. Filter topologies included low pass filters and low pass filters combined with trap filters at the PWM switching frequency. Two state and three state PWM amplifiers were compared. Each system was evaluated based on current magnitude at the switching frequency, voltage magnitude at 500 kHz, and power consumption. The base line system was a two state amplifier without a power filter. The recommended system is a three state power amplifier with a 50 kHz low pass filter and a 27 kHz trap filter. This system uses 5.57 W. It reduces the switching current by an order of magnitude and the 500 kHz voltage by two orders of magnitude. The relative power consumption varied depending on the test condition between 60% to 130% of the baseline. 2003 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

published proceedings

  • 1st International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference IECEC

author list (cited authors)

  • Lebron, R., Jansen, R. H., Palazzolo, A., Thomas, E., Kascak, P. E., Birchenough, A. G., & Dever, T. P.

complete list of authors

  • Lebron, R||Jansen, RH||Palazzolo, A||Thomas, E||Kascak, PE||Birchenough, AG||Dever, TP

publication date

  • January 2003