Magnetic Bearings

Theory, Design, and Application to Rotating Machinery

  • Eric H. Maslen
  • Gerhard Schweitzer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Gerhard Schweitzer
    Pages 1-26
  3. René Larsonneur
    Pages 27-68
  4. Alfons Traxler, Eric Maslen
    Pages 69-109
  5. Alfons Traxler, Eric Maslen
    Pages 111-134
  6. Alfons Traxler
    Pages 135-150
  7. Gerhard Schweitzer
    Pages 151-165
  8. Gerhard Schweitzer
    Pages 167-189
  9. René Larsonneur
    Pages 191-228
  10. René Larsonneur
    Pages 229-250
  11. Rainer Nordmann
    Pages 251-297
  12. Rainer Nordmann
    Pages 299-318
  13. Eric Maslen
    Pages 319-388
  14. Gerhard Schweitzer, Rainer Nordmann
    Pages 389-406
  15. Patrick S. Keogh, Matthew O.T. Cole
    Pages 407-433
  16. Eric Maslen
    Pages 435-459
  17. Yohji Okada
    Pages 461-485
  18. Hannes Bleuler
    Pages 487-503
  19. Gerhard Schweitzer
    Pages 505-521
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 1-13

About this book


Compiling the expertise of nine pioneers of the field, Magnetic Bearings - Theory, Design, and Application to Rotating Machinery offers an encyclopedic study of this rapidly emerging field with a balanced blend of commercial and academic perspectives. Every element of the technology is examined in detail, beginning at the component level and proceeding through a thorough exposition of the design and performance of these systems. The roster of authors boasts an average of twenty-five years of work developing magnetic bearing technology - a truly exceptional pool of experience.

The book is organized in a logical fashion, starting with an overview of the technology and a survey of the range of applications. A background chapter then explains the central concepts of active magnetic bearings while avoiding a morass of technical details. From here, the reader continues to a meticulous, state-of-the-art exposition of the component technologies and the manner in which they are assembled to form the AMB/rotor system. These system models and performance objectives are then tied together through extensive discussions of control methods for both rigid and flexible rotors, including consideration of the problem of system dynamics identification. Supporting this, the issues of system reliability and fault management are discussed from several useful and complementary perspectives. At the end of the book, numerous special concepts and systems, including micro-scale bearings, self-bearing motors, and self-sensing bearings, are put forth as promising directions for new research and development.

Newcomers to the field will find the material highly accessible while veteran practitioners will be impressed by the level of technical detail that emerges from a combination of sophisticated analysis and insights gleaned from many collective years of practical experience. An exhaustive, self-contained text on active magnetic bearing technology, this book should be a core reference for anyone seeking to understand or develop systems using magnetic bearings.


Active Magnetic Bearings Machine Dynamics Rotor Dynamics Vibration Control control identification mechatronics vibration

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric H. Maslen
  • Gerhard Schweitzer

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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-00496-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-00497-1
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