Effect of Magnetic Hysteresis on Rotational Losses in Heteropolar Magnetic Bearings

This paper extends a method for predicting rotational losses for laminated rotors of heteropolar magnetic bearings by using an eddy-current model to include the effect of magnetic hysteresis in the rotor material. It compares the modeling results to the experimental data that were used earlier to assess the loss model neglecting hysteresis. The correction to the total electromagnetic loss in the rotor due to the hysteresis is significant at rotational speeds below 6000 revolutions per minute (RPM), where the model including hysteresis effects provides much better agreement with existing experimental data.