Characteristic investigation of permanent magnet actuator for vacuum contactors operating with an intrinsically safe low voltage

Shuhua Fang, Heyun Lin, Siu Lau Ho, Xianbing Wang, Ping Jin

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This paper reports a new application of permanent magnet actuator for vacuum contactors. A novel permanent magnet (PM) actuator to drive a vacuum contactor with intrinsically safe and low supply voltage is proposed. PM is mounted on the static iron of the contactor to enhance its holding force and reliability. While only one coil is used to break the vacuum contactor, two series coils are deployed to yield a high magnetomotive force to realize the making operation. The electrical circuit equation, mechanical equation and magnetic field are all coupled in the simulation. A prototype is manufactured and tested to validate and showcase the performance of the contactor which is equipped with the proposed PM actuator.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1688-1694
Number of pages7
JournalScience China Technological Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012


  • intrinsic safety
  • low voltage control
  • permanent magnet actuator
  • vacuum contactor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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