To facilitate the active magnetic bearing (AMB) design and analysis, an accurate and fast model that considers both rotor eccentricity and the saturation effect is necessary. In this article, a novel hybrid analytical model (HAM) for effective calculation of the magnetic field of the AMB is proposed. Eccentricity and local saturation are considered in the proposed HAM. In the proposed HAM, the stator and rotor are modeled by elementary subdomains (ESDs) and the air-gap is modeled by magnetic equivalent circuit (MEC). Direct coupling between the solutions in the ESD regions with MEC completes the whole model matrices. Compared to the existing literature, the proposed model considers both the rotor eccentricity and material nonlinearity. The effectiveness and accuracy of the proposed HAM are validated by both the finite element model and experimental results. The results show that the proposed HAM can accurately predict the magnetic quantities of the AMB.
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- Active magnetic bearing (AMB)
- analytical model
- hybrid model
- magnetic equivalent circuit (MEC)
- material nonlinearity
- rotor eccentricity
- subdomain method