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Resistive torque in permanent magnet couplings operating through a conductive wall

Thomas Rezek Matsumoto (Electrical Energy and Automation Department, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Ivan Chabu (Electrical Energy and Automation Department, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose an analytical approach to determine the resistive torque caused by a conductive wall between the rotors of axial permanent magnet couplings. In this configuration, relative motion between the coupling rotors and the wall generates a resistive torque that is a consequence of the induced eddy currents in this barrier. Therefore, such induced resistive torque implies a reduction in the permanent magnet coupling performance, that is, its torque transmission capacity.

Design/methodology/approach

The developed resistive torque analytical formulation was based on eddy-current brakes of previous studies. To validate the proposed method, tests were conducted in a prototype and results were compared with analytical ones.

Findings

The analytical method showed a good correlation with the experiment data. Furthermore, a major degradation of the coupling capability to transmit torque was found because of the conductive wall presence, enhancing the importance of predicting such phenomenon when designing these devices.

Originality/value

A novel direct assessment of the resistive torque while in motion is presented in this paper. These measurements were of great importance to accurately compare the analytical and experimental data.

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Citation

Rezek Matsumoto, T. and Chabu, I. (2017), "Resistive torque in permanent magnet couplings operating through a conductive wall", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 36 No. 4, pp. 1120-1133. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-12-2016-0573

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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