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ISRN Automotive Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 530260, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/530260
Research Article

Analytical Modeling of Flux-Switching In-Wheel Motor Using Variable Magnetic Equivalent Circuits

Electromechanics and Power Electronics Group, Department of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Received 28 June 2013; Accepted 6 August 2013; Published 1 January 2014

Academic Editors: R. Kazemi, O. Prentkovskis, and D. Sanders

Copyright © 2014 Y. Tang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Flux-switching motors (FSM) are competitive candidates for in-wheel traction systems. However, the analysis of FSMs presents difficulty due to their complex structure and heavy magnetic saturation. This paper presents a methodology to rapidly construct, adapt, and solve a variable magnetic equivalent circuit of 12-stator-slot 10-rotor-tooth (12/10) FSMs. Following this methodology, a global MEC model is constructed and used to investigate correlations between the radial dimensions and the open-circuit phase flux linkage of the 12/10 FSM. The constructed MEC model is validated with finite element analysis and thus proved to be able to assist designers with the preliminary design of flux-switching motors for different in-wheel traction systems.