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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 483080, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/483080
Research Article

Design and Analysis of Linear Fault-Tolerant Permanent-Magnet Vernier Machines

School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China

Received 22 January 2014; Accepted 3 March 2014; Published 26 March 2014

Academic Editors: H. Bai, L. Jian, J. Liang, and W. Zhao

Copyright © 2014 Liang Xu 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

This paper proposes a new linear fault-tolerant permanent-magnet (PM) vernier (LFTPMV) machine, which can offer high thrust by using the magnetic gear effect. Both PMs and windings of the proposed machine are on short mover, while the long stator is only manufactured from iron. Hence, the proposed machine is very suitable for long stroke system applications. The key of this machine is that the magnetizer splits the two movers with modular and complementary structures. Hence, the proposed machine offers improved symmetrical and sinusoidal back electromotive force waveform and reduced detent force. Furthermore, owing to the complementary structure, the proposed machine possesses favorable fault-tolerant capability, namely, independent phases. In particular, differing from the existing fault-tolerant machines, the proposed machine offers fault tolerance without sacrificing thrust density. This is because neither fault-tolerant teeth nor the flux-barriers are adopted. The electromagnetic characteristics of the proposed machine are analyzed using the time-stepping finite-element method, which verifies the effectiveness of the theoretical analysis.