RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Structures and Dynamics

High-Speed Rotor Losses in a Radial Eight-Pole Magnetic Bearing: Part 2—Analytical/Empirical Models and Calculations

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M. E. F. Kasarda, P. E. Allaire, E. H. Maslen, G. T. Gillies

Department of Mechanical, Nuclear, and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903

G. R. Brown

NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH 44135

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 120(1), 110-114 (Jan 01, 1998) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2818060 History: Received February 01, 1996; Online November 19, 2007


The continual increase in the use of magnetic bearings in various capacities, including high-speed aerospace applications such as jet engine prototypes, dictates the need to quantify power losses in this type of bearing. The goal of the present study is to develop and experimentally verify general power loss equations for the high-speed operation of magnetic bearings. Experimental data from a large-scale test rotor have been presented in Part 1 of this study. Analytical/empirical predictions are presented here for the test bearings, a pair of eight-pole planar radial bearings, for comparison to the experimental results from Part 1. Expressions for the four loss components, eddy current, alternating hysteresis, rotating hysteresis, and windage, are also presented. Analytical/empirical predictions for the test bearings at three different bias flux levels demonstrate good correlation with corresponding experimental data. Throughout most of the speed range the dominant loss mechanism appears to be eddy currents.

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