Methods to Reduce Cogging Torque of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator Used In Wind Power Plants

Baiba Ose-Zala, Vladislav Pugachov


This paper presents five latest methods and explains the last- new one with intention to reduce the cogging torque of permanent magnet synchronous generators (PMSG). The PMSGs are widely used in wind power plants (WPP) as one of the renewable power generation. One of the international goals is to expand the use of renewable energy sources. The main disadvantage of PMSG is the influence of magnetic interaction between the magnets and the teeth on the operation of PMSG, thus many scientists have been researching the possibilities to reduce the cogging torque. The magnetic field modelling software is used to obtain the values of PMSG cogging torque. The calculations in this software are based on finite element analysis. A methodology is created to obtain the 3D results from the 2D modelled magnetic field. The achieved results allowed to submit a patent. The new proposed method is researched allowing to receive the first results of PMSG optimal design, thus expanding the lower boundary of operating wind speed for WPP.



Electromagnetic fields, finite element analysis, permanent magnet machines, torque measurement, wind power generation

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