High performance, direct drive machines for aerospace applications

Galea, Michael (2013) High performance, direct drive machines for aerospace applications. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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For aerospace related electric systems, torque/force density, reliability and fault tolerance are of the utmost importance. A method by which high figures of reliability can be achieved is by eliminating any mechanical gearing or interconnection elements between the electrical machine and its mechanical load. This means that direct drive, electrical machines must be employed. However, to implement such solutions (without any mechanical advantages), electrical machines with excellent torque density (for rotational machines) and force density (for linear machines) performances are required.

In this work, the main aim is to propose and investigate possible methods for extending and improving the torque/force density capabilities of high performance, state of the art, electrical machines (both rotational and linear). This is done in order to be able to meet the performance requirements while lacking the mechanical advantages synonymous with gearing and/or mechanical interconnections. Novel electro-magnetic and thermal management structures, detailed design and optimisation procedures for electrical machines are presented in this thesis. As vehicles to investigate these novel concepts, a tubular linear, permanent magnet motor and a rotational, synchronous permanent magnet motor are designed, built and experimentally tested. These machines which are both for aerospace related applications serve to show and validate the worthiness of the proposed, performance enhancement measures.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Gerada, C.
Wheeler, P.W.
Keywords: Rotational electrical machines, Linear electrical machines, Permanent magnet motors, Electric equipment in aeroplanes
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Engineering
Item ID: 14431
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 07:52
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 13:41
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/14431

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