Performance improvement of magnetic gear and efficiency comparison with conventional mechanical gear

Kenji Nakamura, Michinari Fukuoka, Osamu Ichinokura

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Abstract

Magnetic gears can transmit torque without any mechanical contact. Hence, they have low vibration, no wear, and fatigue, which ensure maintenance-free operation. There are various types of magnetic gears. Among them, a planetary type magnetic gear, which consists of coaxial inner and outer rotors with surface-mounted permanent magnet and ferromagnetic stationary parts called pole-pieces, has recently attracted interest since it offers higher torque than other type magnetic gears. This paper presents a comprehensive investigation of the influence of geometry and position of the pole-pieces on torque characteristic based on finite element analysis and experiment. Surveyed parameters of the pole-pieces include lengths in the radial and axial directions and position in the radial direction. Finally, it is demonstrated that the maximum torque of the improved prototype magnetic gear is increased by 45% and the maximum efficiency achieves up to about 99%, which is equal to or more than a conventional planetary type mechanical gear.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17A314
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume115
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May 7

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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