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The Design of Flux Barrier for Improvement of Demagnetization Endurance in BLDC Motor

  • Kim, Cheol-Min (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Changwon National University) ;
  • Kim, Dong-Yeong (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Changwon National University) ;
  • Cho, Gyu-Won (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Changwon National University) ;
  • Kim, Gyu-Tak (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Changwon National University)
  • Received : 2014.04.11
  • Accepted : 2014.07.04
  • Published : 2014.11.01

Abstract

Generally, the motor inside vehicle is exposed to highly ambient temperature and large vibration according to repeatedly starting and stopping for very short time. So, in this paper, the rotor shape design was performed to improve demagnetization endurance by considering the starting current of the Brushless DC (BLDC) Motor through the Finite Element Method(FEM). As a result, the partial irreversible demagnetization was occurred by starting current at the end of Permanent Magnets of the basic model. To solve this problem, the flux barrier design was performed and the flux on the rotor core was limited. Accordingly, demagnetization endurance and operating characteristics were improved.

1. Introduction

BLDC motor drive is relatively simple compared to other permanent magnet type motors. So, the cost of controller could be reduced in the BLDC Motor. That’s why BLDC motor is widely used [1, 2]. However, the motor inside the vehicle has some disadvantage [3]. The temperature of surrounding environment is very high, and the motor is always exposed vibration. Specifically, if the motor was used in the hydraulic control and brake, a repeatedly starting and stopping would be performed during very short time. So, the design stage of the motor has to consider the partial demagnetization of the PMs by high starting current. Generally, the partial demagnetization can be eliminated through changing the thickness or the materials of the PMs, but the rising cost of the manufacturing and the debasement of operating characteristics were generated. Therefore, in this paper, the flux barrier was installed for an improvement of demagnetization endurance and operating characteristics, but the shape of the PMs was not changed. As a result, not only was partial demagnetization solved but also was operating characteristics was improved.

 

2. Application Model

Table 1. shows specifications of the basic model. Fig. 1. shows the shape of the basic model. This paper’s motor was used inside the vehicle. Thus, this motor is always exposed to highly ambient temperature and large vibration. So, the motor in the vehicle's interior must be designed to consider high temperature and vibration [4, 5].

Table 1.Specification of analyzed model

Fig. 1.The shape of the basic model

 

3. Demagnetization Analysis of the Basic Model

In the motor, maximum current was selected as meaningful current such as stating current, short current, controller maximum current. In this paper, 42 [A] as the starting current was selected by using the FEM [6] and Fig. 2. Shows the starting current wave form.

Fig. 2.Calculation of maximum current

The material of the PM was N33SH, and demagnetization endurance was calculated by the FEM in state of starting current. In Fig. 3, the steady-state operating point (P1) has higher operating point than the knee point. However, when the starting current is applied, the operating point will move from P1 to P2. If the transient-state operating point(P2) is lower than the Knee point, irreversible demagnetization would ne caused.

Fig. 3.Calculation of demagnetizing point

The valuation of an irreversible magnetization was carried out through the calculation of the minimum flux density of the PMs by FEM analysis. So, if minimum flux density was less than 0.28[T]. An irreversible demagnetization would be generated.

Fig. 4(a) is minimum flux density when the rated current was applied in the basic model. In this case, the magnetic flux density higher than the knee point. As a result, it has sufficient demagnetization endurance. However, such as 4.(b), when a partially irreversible demagnetization was generated in the basic model in rotor’s position at 0#xB0; and 180° by starting current. In this case, the minimum flux density was 0.028[T].

Fig. 4.Demagnetization analysis of the basic model

Figs. 5 and Fig.6 show the magnetic vector potential and the magnetic flux density distribution of the basic model in starting current state. According to saturation on the Rib, external magnetic flux was flowed through the end of PMs in starting current. Accordingly, the end of PMs led to an irreversible demagnetization. It knows that the external flux line according to the starting current is not influenced in an overall PM. However, irreversible demagnetization of the PMs occur partially [7].

Fig. 5.The magnetic potential of basic model( θ =0°)

Fig. 6.Magnetic flux density of the basic model( θ =0°)

 

3. The Barrier Design for Improving Demagnetization Endurance

A partial irreversible demagnetization of the PMs was decreased in Back Electromotive Force(BEMF) and distorted waveform [8]. Therefore, a partial irreversible demagnetization was declined in performance of the motor. Thus, in order to improve demagnetization endurance of the PM, As shown in Fig. 7, the flux barrier was installed on the rotor core to protect the end of the PM and the width of the flux barriers(Wb) were set as the design variables.

Fig. 7.Flux barrier design parameters

It is common that the leakage magnetic flux is little when the thickness of the rib is thin. Because the magnetic flux hardly pass through the rib due to the magnetic saturation. However, it causes the mechanical problems in the high speed area. So, the thickness of the rib was selected as appropriate level 1[mm] by DOE(Design Of Experiment) [3].

3.1 Operating characteristics according to design variable

The operating characteristics were compared in accordance with each design variable. In case of the design variables in 13[mm], Cogging torque is 22[mNm] (peak to peak) and torque ripple is 16[%]. Driving characteristics are the most favorable.

Fig. 9.Operating characteristics according to Wd

Table 2.The characteristics according to design variable

3.2 Demagnetization analysis

Fig.10. shows the demagnetization analysis according to design variable. In order to avoid the demagnetization of the PM, the minimum flux density must be larger than Knee point. At the design variable in 14[mm], the minimum flux density was 0.28[T]. So, demagnetization endurance was insufficient at the maximum demagnetization angle 0[deg] and 180[deg]. At the design variable in 12[mm] and 13[mm], the minimum flux density was 0.29[T]. So, an irreversible demagnetization was not caused. And demagnetization endurance was sufficient at the maximum demagnetization angle 0[deg] and 180[deg].

Fig. 10.Demagnetization analysis of proposed model according to design parameters

As a result of the comparison of operating characteristics and demagnetization analysis performed according to design variable. The design variable in 13[mm] was the one of the best model about the operating characteristics and the demagnetization endurance. So, the design variable Wd was selected for 13[mm].

3.3 Demagnetization endurance of the proposed model

The starting current of the proposed model is applied in the Fig. 8(b), the minimum flux density of each of the rotor’s position was higher than Knee point unlike the basic model. The minimum flux density of the proposed model was calculated as 0.29[T] at overall rotation angle. Figs. 11 and Fig. 12 show the magnetic vector potential and the magnetic flux density distribution of the proposed model in starting current state. A partial irreversible demagnetization at the end of the PMs in the basic model was occured. However, installing flux barrier at the end of the PMs in the proposed model. Accordingly, an irreversible demagnetization was not caused at the end of the PMs.

Fig. 8.Comparison of driving characteristics according to design parameters

Fig. 11.Magnetic flux density of proposed model( θ =0°)

Fig. 12.The magnetic flux line of proposed model

Comparison and analysis were shown about operating characteristics of the proposed model according to installing flux barrier and the basic model at Fig. 13.

Fig. 13.Driving characteristics of basic model and proposed model

3.4 The driving characteristics of basic model and improved model

The flux barrier of the proposed model is maintained as the sinusoidal distribution of flux caused by the PM in the air-gap, making the flux density smaller toward the PM of q-axis by d-axis standard [4, 5]. Therefore, in the Fig. 13(c), generated torque through interaction with the PM and slot was reduced up to 83%. However, the supplied current of the BLDC Motor was square waveform. Therefore, a decrease rate of the proposed model’s cogging torque was lower in comparison with a decrease rate of the proposed model’s torque ripple [9].

Table 2.The comparison of operating characteristics

The torque ripple of the proposed model was calculated to 16% as the Fig. 13(d).

The torque of the proposed model was decreased up to 2% and the iron loss was increased to 0.4% and Efficiency was decreased to 0.4%. However, the cogging torque and torque ripple were reduced to individually 83% and 13%. So, overall operating characteristics were improved. Therefore, operating characteristics and demagnetization endurance were largely improved.

 

4. Conclusion

In this paper, a stating current in demagnetization analysis of the BLDC Motor was calculated by the FEM. and Knee point of N33SH NdFeB PM was selected to 0.28[T].

According to the FEM, a demagnetization endurance of the basic modal was identified, consequently a partial irreversible demagnetization was caused at rotor’s position 0[deg] and 180[deg]. Therefore, in this paper, the proposed method was protected by installing flux barrier at the end of the PMs. As a result, demagnetization endurance was largely increased.

Also, overall operating characteristics were improved. In addition, demagnetization endurance was too largely improved, and an irreversible demagnetization did not occur. Therefore, it shows that the operating performance of the proposed model was sustained in the extreme operating condition.

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