Design considerations for a fault-tolerant flux-switching permanent-magnet machine

Tsarafidy Raminosoa, Chris Gerada, Michael Galea

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In safety critical aerospace applications, fault-tolerant drives can help reach the necessary system reliability levels without replicating the entire drive system and thus minimizing the overall system weight. Machine selection and design for fault tolerance has to be considered at an early stage to ensure optimal performance at a system level. This paper looks at the fault-tolerant properties of permanent-magnet flux-switching machines (PMFSMs) and proposes a new configuration able to fulfill the fault-tolerant requirements. PMFSMs have the distinct property of having a robust rotor construction with the permanent magnets embedded in the stator while having their operational characteristics similar to those of synchronous permanent-magnet machines. While these machines have numerous inherent advantages for achieving a high power density, in their basic form, they are not tolerant to short-circuit winding failures. This paper will look at a novel stator structure able to achieve a 1-p.u. winding inductance and will subsequently look at design iterations to maximize the torque density.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5559433
Pages (from-to)2818-2825
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


  • Design
  • fault tolerant
  • flux-switching machine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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