Picture of wind turbine against blue sky

Open Access research with a real impact...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs.

The Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) within Strathclyde's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is producing Open Access research that can help society deploy and optimise renewable energy systems, such as wind turbine technology.

Explore wind turbine research in Strathprints

Explore all of Strathclyde's Open Access research content

Air-gap fringing flux reduction in inductors using open circuit copper screens

Fletcher, J.E. and Williams, B.W. and Mahmoud, M.M. (2005) Air-gap fringing flux reduction in inductors using open circuit copper screens. IEE Proceedings Electric Power Applications, 152 (4). pp. 990-996.

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

Abstract

In a gapped inductor, airgap fringing flux induces eddy currents in coil conductors in the vicinity of the airgap, producing unwanted power loss and heat in the coil. An open-circuit copper screen placed around the airgap of a ferrite core is shown to reduce the fringing flux around the airgap. The reduction in fringing flux is shown by experiment to reduce the power loss, in the inductor winding, associated with eddy currents induced by airgap fringing flux, and practical results compare favourably with presented finite-element results. The reduction in coil losses reduces the cooling requirement for the inductor, or alternatively, allows an increase in the thermal rating of the inductor.