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A review of the literature gives several guidelines for the design of a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator (PMSG) for Small Wind Turbines (SWT) applications. This paper presents Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of a Surface Mounted PMSG. Several optimization tests are run in order to yield the lowest Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) and cogging torque with the highest induced voltage. The results of the optimization tests are then utilized to design an initial “optimized” circumferential Internal PMSG. This optimized design is then compared to a non-optimized design, as well as the results of the Surface Mounted PMSG.

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