WOLFRAM SYSTEM MODELER

Educational example: iron core with airgap

# Wolfram Language

In[1]:=
`SystemModel["Modelica.Magnetic.FluxTubes.Examples.BasicExamples.ToroidalCoreQuadraticCrossSection"]`
Out[1]:=

# Information

This information is part of the Modelica Standard Library maintained by the Modelica Association.

Educational example of a magnetic circuit containing a toroidal iron core with rectangular cross section and an airgap:

A current ramp is applied in positive electric direction through the exciting coil, causing a rising magnetomotive force (mmf) in positive magnetic direction of the electromagnetic converter. The mmf in turn causes a magnetic flux through the circuit in the direction indicated by the flux sensor. From that magnetic flux, flux density can be calculated in every element of the magnetic circuit. Flux density is used to derive magnetic field strength. Magnetic field strength times length of the flux line gives magnetic potential difference of each element. The sum of all magnetic potential differences is covered by the mmf of the exciting coil.

Using the values shown in section Parameters, the results can be validated easily by analytic calculations:

element cross sectionlength rel. permeability B H mmf
core (r_o - r_i)*l(r_o + r_i)/2*alpha μr flux / cross sectionB/(μr0)H*length
airgap (r_o - r_i)*ldelta=(r_o + r_i)/2*(2*pi-alpha)1flux / cross sectionB/(μ0)H*delta
total Σ mmf = N*I

Note that since no leakage is present, the magnetic flux is the same in every element - they are connected in series. For calculation of the length of flux lines, a medium flux line is used.

Additionally, a measuring coil is placed in the airgap. Due to Faraday's law, the time derivative of flux causes an induced voltage both in the exciting coil (in positive direction) and in the measuring coil (in negative direction). Since current and therefore flux are a linear time dependent ramp, induced voltages are constant during that ramp and zero otherwise. Note that usage of nonlinear magnetic material would change that result due the nonlinear relationship between magnetic field strength and flux density.

Note the proper usage of electric and magnetic grounds to define zero potential.

# Parameters (8)

r_o Value: 0.055 Type: Length (m) Description: Outer radius of iron core Value: 0.045 Type: Length (m) Description: Inner radius of iron core Value: 0.01 Type: Length (m) Description: Length of rectangular cross section Value: 1000 Type: RelativePermeability Description: Relative permeability of core Value: 0.001 Type: Length (m) Description: Length of airgap Value: (1 - delta / (2 * pi * (r_o + r_i) / 2)) * 2 * pi Type: Angle (rad) Description: Section angle of toroidal core Value: 500 Type: Integer Description: Number of exciting coil turns Value: 1.5 Type: Current (A) Description: Maximum exciting current

# Components (10)

excitingCoil Description: Ideal electromagnetic energy conversion Description: Hollow cylinder with circumferential flux; fixed shape; linear or non-linear material characteristics Description: Hollow cylinder with circumferential flux; fixed shape; linear or non-linear material characteristics Description: Ideal electromagnetic energy conversion Type: Ground Description: Zero magnetic potential Type: Ground Description: Ground node Type: RampCurrent Description: Ramp current source Type: MagneticFluxSensor Description: Sensor to measure magnetic flux Type: Ground Description: Ground node Type: VoltageSensor Description: Sensor to measure the voltage between two pins