Direct-Drive Synchronous Generators with Excitation from Strontium-Ferrite Magnets: Efficiency Improvement
The authors consider the possibility to raise the specific power of synchronous generators with excitation from inexpensive permanent magnets. For this purpose, it is proposed to use tooth-wise windings and permanent magnets based on inexpensive magneto-hard material, e.g. strontium-ferrite. The magnets are to be placed between the rotor teeth, the alternate polarity of which is facing the air-gap. This provides a simpler and cheaper technology of making such a generator and improves its reliability. The proposed rational bevelling of the stator teeth not only raises the specific power of the generator but also reduces the level of noise and vibrations, extends the longevity of the magnets and bearings as well as facilitates the starting torque of the electric machine, e.g. if it is employed as wind generator.
The control systems for the objects of industry, power generation, transport, etc. are extremely complicated; functional efficiency of these systems determines to a great extent the safe and non-polluting operation as well as convenience of service and repair of such objects. The authors consider the possibility to improve the efficiency of systems for damping oscillations in transport using a combination of electrical (generators of rotational and linear types) and hydraulic means. Better efficiency of functioning is achieved through automatic control over the operational conditions of such a system in order to make it adaptive to variations in the road profile and ambient temperature; besides, it is possible to produce additional electric energy.
Application of wind generators opens wide possibilities for raising the efficiency of low- and medium-power wind generators (WGs). The mass of generators in the proposed version is smaller, their reliability higher, while maintenance costs are lower. At the same time, the use of high-energy permanent magnets in generators of enhanced power comes up against some obstacles, which can be overcome through proper orientation of magnetization at creation of a magnetic field in the airgap of electrical machine. In this regard, it might be preferable to use magnets with indirect action on the airgap instead of those with direct action. A convincing example of the former variant is a generator with tangentially oriented magnetization of permanent magnets. In the work, an attempt is done to prove the advantages of such installation in modern low- and medium-power WGs
The method considered in the present paper concerns the operational efficiency of the inductor electric machine, which can be improved by placing on the stator and rotor teeth the combs combined from differently shaped teeth and slots. The use on the inductor electric machine stator and rotor teeth of combs as a combination of differently shaped hills (teeth) and valleys (slots) allows raising the specific power of the machine. This effect is determined by the chosen type of a comb element as well as by technological possibilities of the manufacturer. The proposed method could be used moderately in the inductor machines with longitudinally-transversal combing.
The authors consider several tens of rotor tooth and slot profiles for the inductor electric machine in order to gain the maximum EMF of the armature winding at the minimum of highest harmonics, owing to which the specific power and efficiency of the machine can be raised.
The research considers usage of analytical methodology and finite element method (FEM), where the latter includes magnetic saturation and actual magnetic field line distribution.
The main data of both calculations are summarised in the results of the study. From the obtained results, it can be concluded that, in most cases, the analytical method is not applicable to the qualitative determination of the highest harmonic content of the EMF, since the plane of the magnetic field lines does not close in parallel and their distribution is directly related to the configuration of the teeth zone.
The possibility of using the inductor generators for direct connection to the grid is demonstrated in the study.