Development of thin-slice fiber Bragg grating-giant magnetostrictive material sensors used for measuring magnetic field of magnetic bearings
The magnetic field is a physical medium used to realize the levitation and motion control of magnetic bearings. It is necessary to conduct the air-gap flux density measurement so as to validate theoretical analyses and provide instructions for practical design. A thin-slice fiber Bragg grating-giant magnetostrictive material (FBG-GMM) sensor, in which the FBG was stuck perpendicular to the principal magnetostriction orientation of a thin GMM slice, was proposed to measure magnetic-flux density in the small air gap. The configuration of FBG-GMM sensor was the same with that of a sensor of 1.5 mm×14 mm×7 mm TbDyFe slice stuck with a 1300 nm-wavelength FBG on the side of the slice. The FBG-GMM magnetic field sensor was tested on an U-shape electromagnet test setup under static conditions. The sensor had a linear region of 0.121 to 0.261 T with the sensitivity of 1089.056 pm/T. The FBG-GMM magnetic field sensor was introduced to measure the air-gap flux density of radial magnetic bearings. Measurement of static flux density was conducted with 2 FBG-GMM sensors compensated with a temperature FBG; and the measured data showed that the FBG-GMM sensor had feasible linear region and sensitivity to measure the air-gap flux density of magnetic bearings.