Development and test of an axial flux type PM synchronous motor with liquid nitrogen cooled HTS armature windings

H. Sugimoto, T. Morishita, T. Tsuda, T. Takeda, H. Togawa, T. Oota, K. Ohmatsu, S. Yoshida

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We developed an axial gap permanent magnet type superconducting synchronous motor cooled by liquid nitrogen (LN2). The motor includes 8 poles and 6 armature windings. The armature windings are made from BSCCO wire operated at the temperature level between 66K∼70K. The design of the rated output is 400kW at 250rpm. Because HTS wires produce AC loss, there are few motors developed with a superconducting armature winding. In a large capacity motor, HTS windings need to be connected in parallel way. However, the parallel connection causes different current flowing to each HTS winding. To solve this problem, we connected a current distributor to the motor. As a result, not only the current difference can be suppressed, but also the current of each winding can be adjusted freely. The low frequency and less flux penetrating HTS wire because of current distributor contribute to low AC loss. This motor is an axial gap rotating-field one, the cooling parts are fixed. This directly leads to simple cooling system. The motor is also brushless. This paper presents the structure, the analysis of the motor and the tests.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012203
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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