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.
- fault tolerant
- flux-switching machine
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering