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Mechanical stress distribution and the utilisation of the magneto-elastic effect in electrical machines

Jan Karthaus (Institute of Electrical Machines (IEM), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany)
Benedikt Groschup (Institute of Electrical Machines (IEM), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany)
Robin Krüger (Institute of Electrical Machines (IEM), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany)
Kay Hameyer (Institute of Electrical Machines (IEM), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany)

COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering

ISSN: 0332-1649

Article publication date: 24 June 2019

Issue publication date: 14 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Due to the increasing amount of high power density high-speed electrical machines, a detailed understanding of the consequences for the machine’s operational behaviour and efficiency is necessary. Magnetic materials are prone to mechanical stress. Therefore, this paper aims to study the relation between the local mechanical stress distribution and magnetic properties such as magnetic flux density and iron losses.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, different approaches for equivalent mechanical stress criteria are analysed with focus on their applicability in electrical machines. Resulting machine characteristics such as magnetic flux density distribution or iron are compared.

Findings

The study shows a strong influence on the magnetic flux density distribution when considering the magneto-elastic effect for all analysed models. The influence on the iron loss is smaller due to a high amount of stress-independent eddy current loss component.

Originality/value

The understanding of the influence of mechanical stress on dimensions of electrical machines is important to obtain an accurate machine design. In this paper, the discussion on different equivalent stress approaches allows a new perspective for considering the magneto-elastic effect.

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Citation

Karthaus, J., Groschup, B., Krüger, R. and Hameyer, K. (2019), "Mechanical stress distribution and the utilisation of the magneto-elastic effect in electrical machines", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 38 No. 4, pp. 1085-1097. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-10-2018-0387

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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