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Iron loss in FSPMM: 2D FEA-based comparative study between single and double-layer topologies

Asma Masmoudi (Research Laboratory on Renewable Energies and Electric Vehicles, National Engineering School of Sfax, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia)
Ahmed Masmoudi (Research Laboratory on Renewable Energies and Electric Vehicles, National Engineering School of Sfax, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia)

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to compare the study between two topologies of fractional-slot permanent-magnet machines such that: double-layer topology and single-layer one. The comparison considers the assessment of the iron loss in the laminated cores of the magnetic circuit as well as in the permanent magnets (PMs) for constant torque and flux weakening ranges.

Design/methodology/approach

The investigation of the hysteresis and eddy-current loss has been carried out using 2D transient FEA models.

Findings

It has been found that the stator iron losses are almost the same for both topologies. Whereas, the single-layer topology is penalized by higher iron loss especially the eddy-current ones taking place in the PMs. This is due to their denser harmonic content of the armature air gap MMF spatial repartition.

Originality/value

The analysis of the iron loss maps in different parts of each machine including stator and rotor laminations as well as the PMs, in one hand, and the investigation of their variation with respect to the speed, in the other hand, represent the major contribution of this work.

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Citation

Masmoudi, A. and Masmoudi, A. (2015), "Iron loss in FSPMM: 2D FEA-based comparative study between single and double-layer topologies", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 61-75. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-10-2014-0244

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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