Summary of the technology
The present invention relates to an axial flux switched reluctance machine, comprising at least a stator with poles distributed along a first circumferential path on a plane with electromagnet coils wound on at least some of the stator poles.
Partners to further develop the machine and/or to establish commercial agreements along with technical cooperation are sought.
Since 2011, the abrupt increase of the raw material costs in rare earth permanent magnets has shifted interest in the field of electrical machines towards new topologies with a lower volume of permanent magnets, and even without those. This circumstance has renewed the interest for switched reluctance machines, especially in the field of electric traction.
SRM present some advantages, such as simple and robust construction and torque-speed characteristics that match very well with the needs of electric traction. However, conventional radial SRM drives have drawbacks as, for example, lower performance than permanent magnet synchronous motors or brushless D.C. motors, high torque ripple and acoustic noise.
Some studies carried out inaxial flux switched reluctance motors; demonstrate that with this type of machine is possible to obtain higher torque density than in conventional radial flux switched reluctance machines. Therefore, the proposed axial-flux switched reluctance machine is a competitive alternative to usual permanent magnet synchronous motor or brushless DC motor for light electric traction.
Axial-flux switched reluctance machine with a stator and one or more rotors with a particular disposition of the stator and rotor poles with short magnetic paths andwithout flux reversal.
Innovative and advantages aspects
- Machine without permanent magnets
- Use of Soft Magnetic Composites (SMC) as magnetic materials
- In-wheel or hub machine
- Modular construction
- High-performance machine
Current stage of development
A first operational prototype has been built and tested.
Desired business relationship
Other: Licensing opportunity with technical cooperation
Intellectual property status
Patent already applied for:ES & WO (PCT) priority application
Applications and Target Market
The machine is mainly stated for in-wheel electric traction but can be used in industrial applications such as fans, pumps and machine tools.
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