Design and implentation of axial-flux permanent magnet machine for use in wind turbine applications

Weedon, Brent (2019) Design and implentation of axial-flux permanent magnet machine for use in wind turbine applications. [USQ Project]


The world is constantly increasing the needs of every day energy. With estimates showing that by 2020, 75% of the world will own a mobile phone, the demand on the grid has never been greater. On the other hand, there is around 13% of the world that do not have power at all. These countries and communities are significantly disadvantaged when it comes to sanitation, education and health. It is generally a result of political or economic difficulties and as a result the least privileged suffer the greatest hardships. There exists an opportunity to develop a solution to this problem by design and manufacturing techniques that focus on low cost, low-medium density energy wind generators.

Axial Flux Permanent Magnet Machines have been the source of much research for many decades. Early iterations of the technology were even produced by Tesla and Faraday. Most of the research in this field has surrounded the design of traction motor, large scale wind turbine generators or electric vehicle motors. Unfortunately, in these studies the main focus has always been about maximising energy density. When energy density is the primary goal factors such as cogging torque and cost effectiveness are often considered secondary objectives. As a result of this oversight, there exists the need for in depth research into design and manufacturing techniques that enable low socioeconomic counties to have access to these energy sources.

This research project aims to address the difficulties discussed above. The key investigation and analysis goals will be to reduce cogging torque to a minimum, whilst utilizing construction methods that would enable the creation or installation of the AFPMM devices in communities where professional or trained persons are not always available. These locations would likely be communities where electricity is not currently available and would positively impact the wider regions. The primary goal is to produce a working model which can demonstrate the ability to generate a reasonable output in low wind conditions whilst utilizing low cost manufacturing techniques.

This proposal summarises the approach that will be adopted and provides key information that has allowed for a sound understanding of the current knowledge gap that exists.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 43118
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Helwig, Andreas
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic)
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2021 23:59
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2023 04:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Axial Flux, Permanent Magnet, AFPMG, Wind Turbine, AFPMM Energy Density, Cost Effective, Coreless Machine, Wind Generator

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only