Experimental measurement and calculation of losses in planar radial magnetic bearings
Abstract
The loss mechanisms associated with magnetic bearings have yet to be adequately characterized or modeled analytically and thus pose a problem for the designer of magnetic bearings. This problem is particularly important for aerospace applications where low power consumption of components is critical. Also, losses are expected to be large for high speed operation. The iron losses in magnetic bearings can be divided into eddy current losses and hysteresis losses. While theoretical models for these losses exist for transformer and electric motor applications, they have not been verified for magnetic bearings. This paper presents the results from a low speed experimental test rig and compares them to calculated values from existing theory. Experimental data was taken over a range of 90 to 2,800 rpm for several bias currents and two different pole configurations. With certain assumptions agreement between measured and calculated power losses was within 16 percent for a number of test configurations.
 Publication:

2nd International Symposium on Magnetic Suspension Technology, Part 2
 Pub Date:
 May 1994
 Bibcode:
 1994mst..symp..163K
 Keywords:

 Aerospace Engineering;
 Eddy Currents;
 Electric Motors;
 Energy Consumption;
 Magnetic Bearings;
 Transformers;
 Bias;
 Hysteresis;
 Mathematical Models;
 Mechanical Engineering