A Fractional Slot Multiphase Air-Core Compulsator with Concentrated Winding

Weiduo Zhao, Shaopeng Wu, Shumei Cui, Chris Gerada, He Zhang, Zhuang Xu

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Compulsator is a specially designed generator capable of delivering high current pulses to a low-impedance load, such as the electromagnetic railgun. In order to increase the tip speed of the rotor, advanced composite materials have been used in the recent compulsator prototype, which is mentioned as air core instead of the traditional iron core. For typical air-core compulsators, there are no slots and steel teeth to place the armature windings due to the nonmachinability of composite materials. Therefore, concentric windings in racetrack style are often adopted instead of traditional lap winding in most cases, since it is more convenient to be fixed by composite materials. However, overlap occurs at the end winding part for multiphase compulsators, which are not easy to be formed during the manufacture process. In this paper, a fractional slot multiphase air-core compulsator with concentrated windings is proposed and analyzed. The main advantage of fractional slot configuration is that it can offer a concentrated winding structure under certain conditions, which means each coil only spans one 'tooth,' and will not cause any intersection between each phase at the end winding. Two referenced fractional slot air-core compulsators with two phases, six poles, and four 'slots' or eight 'slots' (q = 1/3 and q = 2/3, q is the 'slot' per pole per phase) are analyzed and compared with the performance of a traditional integral slot machine. The results indicated that the output voltage and self-excitation performance of a fractional slot compulsator can reach the same level with an integral slot one, and the discharging performance can reach an acceptable level. Thus, the fractional slot multiphase concept can be further used to improve the manufacture process of the winding in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7932892
Pages (from-to)1387-1393
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


  • Compulsators
  • electromagnetic launch
  • fractional slot windings
  • multiphase
  • railguns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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