Arifur Rahman, Takeshi Mizuno, Masaya Takasaki, and Yuji Ishino
Actuators, Vol 9, Iss 52, p 52 (2020)
AC magnetic suspension, magnetic resonance coupling, equivalent magnetic and electrical circuit, positive stiffness, mutual inductance, self-stabilization, Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials, TA401-492, Production of electric energy or power. Powerplants. Central stations, and TK1001-1841
The fundamental characteristics and performances of alternating current (AC) magnetic suspension using magnetic resonant coupling are studied analytically and experimentally. Nowadays, wireless power transfer to the suspended object is required during non-contact suspension in some applications. Therefore, magnetic resonant coupling has been introduced for AC magnetic suspension to achieve self-stabilizing magnetic suspension and energy transfer to the floator simultaneously. The effect of circuit parameters for developing an experimental apparatus and performances are predicted from the solution of the equivalent circuits analytically. First, an equivalent magnetic circuit is derived and analyzed to characterize the self-inductance and mutual inductance with the gap. Second, an equivalent electrical circuit is analyzed to derive the current and force equations including magnetic parameters of the circuit. The derivation of these equations is numerically solved to study the characteristics of the primary current, the secondary current, and the force with respect to the gap and the applied frequency. The comparison between theoretical and experimental results is depicted, and the reason for differences is explained. The experimental and theoretical results show that positive stiffness is possible, which is essential for achieving self-stabilization. The self-stability is confirmed by the frequency response of the suspension system to disturbance experimentally.