High speed machines drive technology forward

Written by: Dr Sab Safi, consultant/specialist, SDT Drive Technology | Published:

There is a continual demand for high speed advanced electrical machines and drives for wide ranging applications in all market sectors.

The motivation for their development varies considerably. However, common objectives are to improve efficiency, and, thereby, to conserve energy and reduce environmental pollution, increase power density, enhance functionality, and improve reliability and maintainability and is also being driven by legislation, consumer expectations regarding performance and more fierce competition in the market place.

Many of the applications pose particularly severe challenges in terms of the rotational speed and/or space envelope constraints, the thermal operating environment, for example, whilst others are particularly challenging in terms of being highly cost-sensitive or safety critical.

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