Optimized multi-layer radial permanent magnet bearing with an eddy current damping systems

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This research work proposes the conventional and novel eddy current damping systems (CECDS & NECDS) for an optimized multi-layer radial permanent magnet bearing, which is axially magnetized. Firstly, the design and optimization of a bearing are carried out by adopting the general procedure for maximum radial force and stiffness by selecting stator outer diameter, radial air gap, and length as parameters. The maximum radial force and stiffness concerning an optimized structure are also calculated using semi-analytical equations, and force results are validated with three-dimensional (3D) finite element analysis results. Then, the analysis of both damping systems is carried out for damping forces and coefficients using 3D electromagnetic transient analysis in ANSYS. The proposed dampers provide adequate damping to the bearing structure, and conductor plate thickness significantly affects the damping characteristics. The NECDS could be used to replace the conventional type as it eliminates the effect of reduced radial air gap on the performance of the bearing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number542
JournalJournal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 11-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Engineering(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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