Three-dimensional electromagnetic field calculation and analysis of axial-radial flux-type higherature superconducting synchronous motor

Weili Li, Hongbo Qiu, Ran Yi, Xiaochen Zhang, Liyi Li

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With the development of the higherature superconducting material, the higherature superconducting machine becomes the very important research direction in the electrical machine domain. It integrates the advantages of highpower density, small machine size, and zero resistance of the superconducting windings. In this paper, taking an axial-radial flux-type higherature superconducting permanent-magnet synchronous motor (ARFTHTSPMSM) as an example, based on the investigations about the configuration characteristics and the operation principles of such machine, the mathematical model for the 3-D transient electromagnetic field was established. The magnetic field in this motor was analyzed by using the time-stepping finite-element method. In addition, the distribution characteristics of the magnetic flux in the air gap and ferromagnetic bridge were discussed, and then, the variations of the air-gap flux density, ferromagnetic bridge flux density, and non-load back electromotive force were analyzed when the motor is operating at different axial magnetic motive force. Both the theoretical analysis results and the experimental data indicate the notable advantage of adjustable excitation in such machine. Finally, based on the aforementioned analysis, the rotor eddy current losses were calculated, and their distribution characteristics were studied when the motor is operating at the starting process and the steady state, respectively. The obtained conclusions may provide useful reference for the design and research on the ARFTHTSPMSM.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6418015
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Axial-radial flux-type superconducting synchronous motor (ARFTHTSPMSM)
  • eddy current losses
  • electromagnetic field
  • higherature superconductor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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