Background and Objectives: In recent years, linear generators have been broadly utilized to harness wave motion energy. There are various types of linear generators with different magnetic and geometric structures. Among these generators, linear permanent magnet synchronous generator provides a higher energy density than other generators. Due to the simplicity of the structure and the low cost of producing a flat double-sided structure, this type of structure is investigated in this paper.
Methods: The purpose of the paper can be divided into two main categories: first, modeling of the flat double-sided linear permanent magnet synchronous generator by using magnetic equivalent circuit (MEC) method and second, deriving the generator electrical equations which are used in analysis and design process.
Results: The behavior of the linear permanent magnet synchronous generator is studied and the induced voltages are calculated. The no-load and loaded conditions of the generator with different loads are investigated and the voltage and the current of the load are obtained.
Conclusion: In order to confirm the results, finite element method (FEM) is employed. The designed linear generator is simulated by FEM. Comparing the results obtained by MEC and FEM show good agreements between two methods, validating the presented modelling method.
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