Analysis and optimization of slotless electromagnetic linear launcher for space use

Liyi Li, Mingna Ma, Baoquan Kou, Qingquan Chen

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As the exploitation of astrospace deepens, many new types of space-based electromagnetic launchers (EMLs) have aroused wide attention and discussions. Compared with traditional slotted electromagnetic linear launchers, a slotless-plate permanent-magnet linear synchronous motor can easily meet demands such as flexible structure, light weight, and high control precision for space use. This paper analyzes the magnetic field of the slotless inverted-U structure based on the equivalent-magnetizing-current method. The validity of this technique for integral-slot configuration is confirmed with finite-element analysis. Then, the influence of the main design parameters is investigated, and design optimization guides are established for the selection of the key design parameters. To reach the suitable air-gap flux density here, some new constructional optimization details are discussed. Design optimization is also performed to fulfill enough thrust for the EML system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5471155
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number1 PART 1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Bilateral Halbach permanent-magnet (PM) array
  • equivalent magnetizing current (EMC)
  • finite-element method (FEM)
  • ring winding
  • slotless electromagnetic launcher (EML)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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