Development of a Novel Transverse Flux Tubular Linear Machine With Parallel and Complementary PM Magnetic Circuit for Precision Industrial Processing

Xing Zhao, Shuangxia Niu

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The transverse flux permanent-magnet (PM) linear machine has attracted much attention in high-performance direct-drive applications because of its high torque density and efficiency. However, due to its inherent large open-circuit flux leakage, the prominent cogging force makes it difficult to obtain a high accuracy in position and speed control, which restricts its potential for precision industrial processing applications. To overcome this problem, a novel transverse flux linear machine is proposed in this paper. The key is by creatively combining a consequent-pole mover design and a stator-segment-interlacing configuration in such a way that a parallel and complementary transverse magnetic circuit is realized for the moving PMs, which can effectively minimize the open-circuit leakage flux and cogging effect. In this paper, the machine structure, operation principle, and theoretical modeling are introduced, with its electromagnetic performance evaluated by using the finite-element method. A prototype is also built for the experimental verification, and relevant test results agree well with the finite-element predications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8430500
Pages (from-to)4945-4955
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


  • Cogging effect
  • linear machines
  • parallel and complementary
  • permanent-magnet (PM) leakage
  • transverse flux (TF)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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