Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of


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IEEE International Conference on Electrical Machines ICEM 2014


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In this paper, a design optimization approach for single-sided axial flux permanent magnet (AFPM) machines using a differential evolution algorithm for is presented. The objectives of the design optimization are to maximize the output torque per unit cost (Nm/$) and maximize the efficiency. A paremetric 2-D FEA model of an AFPM is built. A sensitivity study of design variables is carried out to determine the correlation between the design variables and the objectives, enabling the removal of insignificant design variables. Design constraints including geometrical and operating limits are considered. A total of five independent variables are employed in the optimization process. The optimization result is compared with a prototype design and results verified by 3-D FEA simulations.