Design optimization of a slotless PM brushless motor with helical edge wound laminations for rim driven thrusters

Sharkh, S.M. and Lai , S.H. (2010) Design optimization of a slotless PM brushless motor with helical edge wound laminations for rim driven thrusters. High Technology Letters, 16, (1), 70-79. (doi:10.3772/j.issn.1006-6748.2010.01.014).


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This paper discusses the analysis and design of a very thin slotless PM brushless motor whose stator laminations are manufactured from a single strip of steel that is edge wound into a spiral (like a “Slinky”) and then fitted over the windings that are preformed on the outside surface of a non-conducting former. Analytical and finite element analysis (FEA) are used to determine the constrained optimum dimensions of a motor used to drive a rim driven thruster in which the motor rotor is fitted onto the rim of the propeller and the stator is encapsulated in the thin Kort nozzle of the thruster. The paper describes the fabrication of a demonstrator motor and presents experimental results to validate the theoretical calculations. Experimental motor performance results are also reported and compared with those of a slotted motor that fits within the same active radial dimensions as the slotless motor. The slotless motor, which has longer active length and endwindings, and thicker magnets than the slotted motor, was found to be less efficient and more expensive (prototype cost) than the slotted machine.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.3772/j.issn.1006-6748.2010.01.014
Additional Information: DOI not working 25/5/10
ISSNs: 1002-0470 (print)
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences
ePrint ID: 154047
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March 2010Published
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 13:07
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:25

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