Permanent Magnet Machines and Drives Principles, Design and Applications


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Course Overview

This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of permanent magnet AC machines, including the basics and major topologies, how to design permanent magnet machines, and much more. Learn the various applications of PM machines, the fundamentals of synchronous machines and machine modeling, and the major PM machine topologies.

Who Should Attend?

This course will benefit engineers involved in:

  • Electric machine design 
  • All modes of vehicular propulsion 
  • Wind and renewable power generation 
  • High-performance motion control 
  • Elevators and cranes 
  • HVAC equipment 
  • White goods and appliances

Course Outline

Applications and Technology Trends

  • Review of PM machine applications
  • Suitability for direct-drive applications
  • High-power-density and high-efficiency applications
  • Trends toward higher speed and higher power
  • Trends toward higher motor-converter

Fundamentals of Synchronous Machines

  • Equivalent circuit models
  • d-q modeling for salient pole machine
  • Magnetic circuit model
  • Introduction to magnetic materials properties

Major PM Machine Topologies

  • Features and comparative overview, attributes for selection
  • Stator and rotor configurations, including radial and axial

PM Machine Design and Analysis, Tools, and Methods

  • Electromagnetic
  • Thermal and structural
  • Parameter measurement
  • Design for self-sensing

Drive System Issues for PM Motors and Generators

  • Drive configurations and topologies
  • Torque-speed characteristics

PM Drive Control

  • Current regulators
  • Vector control and direct torque control (DTC)
  • Sensors, observers, and self-sensing control

Flux-Weakening Control

  • Alternative control algorithms
  • Interactions between machine design and control

Drive System Simulation

  • Matlab/Simulink
  • Rapid prototyping

Fault-Mode Operation

  • Open-circuit and short-circuit faults
  • Uncontrolled generator operation
  • Demagnetization
  • Fault-tolerant machine design


Ian Brown

Ian P. Brown received the B.S. degree in engineering from Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, in 1999, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. Since 2012, he has been with the Illinois Institute of Technology where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Previously he was with the Corporate Technology Center, A. O. Smith Corporation, Milwaukee, WI. His main research interests are high-performance electrical drives and the design of electric machines.

Thomas Jahns

Dr. Thomas M. Jahns received his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from MIT, all in electrical engineering.

Dr. Jahns joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998 in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He served for 14 years as a Co-Director of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC), a world-renowned university/industry consortium in the electrical power engineering field.  Since 2021, he is the Grainger Emeritus Professor of Power Electronics and Electrical Machines.

Prior to coming to UW-Madison, Dr. Jahns worked at GE Corporate Research and Development (now GE Global Research) in Niskayuna, NY, for 15 years, where he pursued new power electronics and motor drive technology in a variety of research and management positions. His current research interests at UW-Madison include integrated motor drives and electrified propulsion for both land vehicles and aircraft.

Dr. Jahns is a Fellow of IEEE.  He received the 2005 IEEE Nikola Tesla Technical Field Award “for pioneering contributions to the design and application of AC permanent magnet machines”.  Dr. Jahns is a Past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.  He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2015 and received the IEEE Medal in Power Engineering in 2022.

Bulent Sarlioglu

Bulent Sarlioglu is a Jean van Bladel Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin—Madison, and Associate Director, Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC). Dr. Sarlioglu spent more than 10 years at Honeywell International Inc.’s aerospace division. As a staff system engineer, he earned Honeywell’s technical achievement award and an outstanding engineer award. Dr. Sarlioglu contributed to multiple programs where high-speed electric machines and drives are used mainly for aerospace and ground vehicle applications. Dr. Sarlioglu is the inventor or co-inventor of 20 US patents and many other international patents. He published more than 200 journal and conference papers with his students. His research areas are motors and drives including high-speed electric machines, novel electric machines, and application of wide bandgap devices to power electronics to increase efficiency and power density. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2016 and the 4th Grand Nagamori Award from Nagamori Foundation, Japan in 2019. Dr. Sarlioglu became IEEE IAS Distinguished Lecturer in 2018.  He was the technical program co-chair for ECCE 2019 and was the general chair for ITEC 2018.  He is serving as a special session co-chair for ECCE 2020.

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Bulent Sarlioglu

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