Ridge, A and Clifton, P and McMahon, R and Kelly, HP (2011) Force ripple compensation in a tubular linear generator for marine renewable generation. 2011 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, IEMDC 2011. pp. 480-485.Full text not available from this repository.
Tubular permanent magnet linear generators are a promising generator technology for use in marine renewables. One aspect of their design relates to the conditions necessary for achieving a smooth thrust response from the generator, free from cogging and periodic variations due to spatial harmonics of the flux cutting the generator coils. This paper presents an experimental and finite element study of the sources of thrust ripple in a prototype linear generator for marine generation. A simple self-commutated control scheme is shown, which uses linear Hall-effect sensors and look-up-table based feed-forward compensation to derive the excitation currents required to drive the machine with constant force. Details of the controller's FPGA based implementation are given, including its strategy for detecting sensor failure. © 2011 IEEE.
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