Permanent magnet thrust bearing: Theo-retical and experimental results

Siddappa I. Bekinal, Tumkur R. Anil, Soumendu Jana, Sadanand S. Kulkarni, Aditya Sawant, Narsinha Patil, Sagar Dhond

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This paper presents the design and analysis of permanent magnet (PM) thrust bearing made up of three ring pairs for five degrees of freedom of the inner rings (rotor rings). The arrangement pattern of rings in PM bearing is considered in two ways: conventional structure and Halbach structure. The simplified three dimensional (3D) mathematical models employing Coulombian approach and vector method are used to design the bearing. MATLAB codes are written to evaluate the axial force, stiffness and moments in both the structures for five degrees of freedom, thereby the effect of axial, radial and angular displacements of the rotor on the aforementioned characteristics is addressed. The results of the mathematical model are validated by the results of 3D Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and experiments. It is observed that, the conventional structure seems to be more sensitive to the angular displacement, as the percentage decrease in force and stiffness is more with respect to angular displacement than the Halbach structure. The effect of angular displacement of the rotor on the performance of bearing in both the structures is crucial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-287
Number of pages19
JournalProgress In Electromagnetics Research B
Issue number56
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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