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Title: Transverse-displacement stabilizer for passive magnetic bearing systems

Abstract

The invention provides a way re-center a rotor's central longitudinal rotational axis with a desired system longitudinal axis. A pair of planar semicircular permanent magnets are pieced together to form a circle. The flux from each magnet is pointed in in opposite directions that are both parallel with the rotational axis. A stationary shorted circular winding the plane of which is perpendicular to the system longitudinal axis and the center of curvature of the circular winding is positioned on the system longitudinal axis. Upon rotation of the rotor, when a transverse displacement of the rotational axis occurs relative to the system longitudinal axis, the winding will experience a time-varying magnetic flux such that an alternating current that is proportional to the displacement will flow in the winding. Such time-varying magnetic flux will provide a force that will bring the rotor back to its centered position about the desired axis.

Inventors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1345984
Patent Number(s):
9,590,469
Application Number:
14/628,018
Assignee:
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC LLNL
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2015 Feb 20
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Post, Richard F. Transverse-displacement stabilizer for passive magnetic bearing systems. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Post, Richard F. Transverse-displacement stabilizer for passive magnetic bearing systems. United States.
Post, Richard F. Tue . "Transverse-displacement stabilizer for passive magnetic bearing systems". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1345984.
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  • Systems employing passive magnetic bearing elements having minimal power losses are provided. Improved stabilizing elements are shown, employing periodic magnet arrays and inductively loaded circuits, but with improved characteristics compared to the elements disclosed in US Patent No. 5,495,221 entitled ``Dynamically Stable Magnetic Suspension/Bearing System.`` The improvements relate to increasing the magnitude of the force derivative, while at the same time reducing the power dissipated during the normal operation of the bearing system, to provide a passive bearing system that has virtually no losses under equilibrium conditions, that is, when the supported system is not subject to any accelerations exceptmore » those of gravity. 8 figs.« less