Electromagnetic Design Considerations for a 50,000 rpm 1kW Switched Reluctance Machine using a Flux Bridge
Paper i proceeding, 2013
The Switched Reluctance Machine (SRM) is a robust machine and is a candidate for ultra high speed applications. Until now the area of ultra high speed machines has been dominated by permanent magnet machines (PM). The PM machine has a higher torque density and some other advantages compared to SRMs. However, the soaring prices of the rare earth materials are driving the efforts to find an alternative to PM machines without significantly impacting the performance. At the same time significant progress has been made in the design and control of the SRM. This paper reviews the progress of the SRM as a high speed machine and proposes a novel rotor structure design to resolve the challenge of high windage losses at ultra high speed. It then elaborates on the path of modifying the design to achieve optimal performance. The simulation result of the final design is verified on FEA software. Finally, a prototype machine with similar design is built and tested to verify the simulation model. The experimental waveform indicates good agreement with the simulation result. Therefore, the performance of the prototype machine is analyzed and presented at the end of this paper.