Date of Award

6-2012

Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Dale Dolan

Abstract

The objective of this thesis is to determine the feasibility of a novel axial flux variable reluctance machine design. The design aims to compete with prevalent rare-earth permanent magnet machines while also implementing an innovative torque ripple minimization strategy. Given the fundamental operating principles, a selection of dimensions, materials, and excitations are prepared for the machine. Special attention is given to the rotor profile which is crucial to operation. Finite element analysis software is used to evaluate a three-dimensional model in terms of inductance and torque. The ultimate potential of the machine is discussed and recommendations for improvement are proposed.

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