Alloy rotor sleeves are used extensively in high-speed permanent-magnet machines since they could fasten the permanent magnets availably. However, it is inevitable that eddy-current losses will be generated in the sleeve, which may make the permanent magnets overheated. In order to reduce the rotor eddy-current losses, this paper focuses on the influence of the rotor-sleeve electromagnetic characteristics. Taking a high-speed permanent-magnet generator (HSPMG) as an example, the variations of output performance and rotor eddy-current losses were analyzed when the generator adopts the steel sleeve and the copper-iron alloy sleeve, respectively, and therewith, the principles of the variations were exposed. Then, the rotor eddy-current losses were further analyzed when the generator sleeve conductivity was changed. The worst range of the sleeve conductivity was also given, in which the rotor eddy-current losses were the largest. Additionally, the increase of the sleeve permeability could reduce the main magnetic circuit reluctance and improve the operating point of permanent magnets. On the other hand, it can increase the pole-to-pole flux leakage dramatically. So, the generator performance should be analyzed by considering the two factors when the rotor-sleeve permeability was different.
- Eddy-current losses
- electromagnetic field
- high-speed permanent-magnet generator (HSPMG)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering