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The working principle is based on the induction of eddy currents in a rotating conductor. When an electrically conducting material is moving in a magnetic field, a current will be generated in the material that counters the change in the magnetic field (known as Lenz' Law). This generates a current that will result in a magnetic field that is oriented opposite to the one from the magnet. The electrically conducting material is thus acting as a magnetic mirror.
Radial magnetic bearing
Avoiding eddy current losses
Before the mid 1990s the eddy currents damping was problematic, but eddy currents and associated power dissipation can be reduced to very low values. The principle of operation is as follows:
A bearing must (1) support a loading force (for example, the weight of a rotor) and (2) provide a force gradient (a restoring force) to hold the rotor in position. Permanent magnets can support weight (in a conventional way, without eddy currents), and without creating destabilizing force gradients, but the Earnshaw theorem precludes achieving stability by this means. Eddy currents can provide a stabilizing force gradient without applying a force at the operating position (for example, when a shaft is centered). Creating this force gradient does not require eddy currents (which are induced in proportion to shaft offset). In practice, eddy currents, and hence resistive losses, can be reduced to small values in normal operation. Dynamic bearings of this class, using permanent magnets and ordinary, resistive conductors, can support load and apply restoring force while dissipating little power (and in principle, none).
Linear magnetic bearing
- Electromagnetic suspension
- Electrodynamic wheel
- Magnetic bearing
- Spin-stabilized magnetic levitation
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