An analysis of electric machines with axial magnetic flux is given. First, the effect of commutation on the electromagnetic moment and electromagnetic power is analyzed. Two types of discrete switching are considered. The analysis is performed for an arbitrary number of phases. The first type of switching involves disabling one phase for the duration of switching. The second type of switching involves the operation of all phases in the switching interval. The influence of the pole arc and the number of phases on the electromagnetic moment and electromagnetic power is investigated. The conclusion is made about the advantage of the second type of switching. It is recommended to increase the number of phases. Next, the classification of the main structures of the axial machine is carried out. Four main versions are defined. For each variant, the equation of the electromagnetic moment and electromagnetic power is derived. This takes into account the type of commutation. The efficiency of the selected structures is analyzed. The comparative analysis is tabulated for choosing the best option. The table is convenient for engineering practice. This chapter forms the basis for computer-aided design of this class of machines.
Part of the book: Emerging Electric Machines