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3D electromagnetic analytical model for radial-flux eddy-current couplers

Mohammed Messadi (LSEI, Université des Sciences et Technologie Houari Boumediene USTHB, Algiers, Algeria, and )
Larbi Hadjout (LSEI, Université des Sciences et Technologie Houari Boumediene USTHB, Algiers, Algeria, and )
Noureddine Takorabet (GREEN-ENSEM, Universite de Lorraine, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France )

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

ISSN: 0332-1649

Article publication date: 25 April 2024

Issue publication date: 17 July 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to develop a new 3D analytical model in cylindrical coordinates to study radial flux eddy current couplers (RFECC) while considering the magnetic edge and 3D curvature effects, and the field reaction due to the induced currents.

Design/methodology/approach

The analytical model is developed by combining two formulations. A magnetic scalar potential formulation in the air and the magnets regions and a current density formulation in the conductive region. The magnetic field and eddy currents expressions are obtained by solving the 3D Maxwell equations in 3D cylindrical coordinates with the variable separation method. The torque expression is derived from the field solution using the Maxwell stress tensor. In addition to 3D magnetic edge effects, the proposed model takes into account the reaction field effect due to the induced currents in the conducting part. To show the accuracy of the developed 3D analytical model, its results are compared to those from the 3D finite element simulation.

Findings

The obtained results prove the accuracy of the new developed 3D analytical model. The comparison of the 3D analytical model with the 2D simulation proves the strong magnetic edge effects impact (in the axial direction) in these devices which must be considered in the modelling. The new analytical model allows the magnetic edge effects consideration without any correction factor and also presents a good compromise between precision and computation time.

Practical implications

The proposed 3D analytical model presents a considerably reduced computation time compared to 3D finite element simulation which makes it efficient as an accurate design and optimization tool for radial flux eddy current devices.

Originality/value

A new analytical model in 3D cylindrical coordinates has been developed to find the electromagnetic torque in radial flux eddy current couplers. This model considers the magnetic edge effects, the 3D curvature effects and the field reaction (without correction factors) while improving the computation time.

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Citation

Messadi, M., Hadjout, L. and Takorabet, N. (2024), "3D electromagnetic analytical model for radial-flux eddy-current couplers", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 43 No. 3, pp. 634-648. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-11-2023-0558

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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