Field Prediction and Validation of a Slotless Segmented-Halbach Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine for More Electric Aircraft

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification
Online published23 Mar 2020
Publication statusOnline published - 23 Mar 2020


High-performance propulsion motors for more electric aircrafts (MEAs) are highly appreciated in transportation electrification. For the widely adopted permanent magnet synchronous machines (PMSMs) for MEA propulsion, the segmented Halbach magnetization has distinct merit that it contributes to sinusoidal air-gap magnetic fields for smooth operation. However, it is hard to fast predict the field distribution and machine performance due to the model complexity. Based on the subdomain method, this paper first proposes an exact analytical model for slotless PMSM with segmented Halbach PMs. Then, the model is applied in the fast computation of magnetic field and performance prediction. Subsequently, the analytical results are compared with the finite element method (FEM), including the flux density, flux linkage, induced voltage, and steady-state torque at different loads. Also, the computation burden and prediction error are included to validate the model rapidity and accuracy. Finally, by prototype fabrication and unique field measurement methods, the flux density distribution is originally validated.

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