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This paper focuses on realization of both the single-axis active magnetic suspension and rotation of a three-phase permanent magnet motor using only one three-phase voltage source inverter. The suspension winding of the electromagnet for the single-axis magnetic suspension is connected between the neutral point of the Y-connected three-phase winding and the middle point of the voltage sources, and the resulting zero-phase current is utilized to control the suspension force. The control method of the zero-phase current is theoretically derived to avoid interference with the motor performance. Experimental apparatus was built and tested, which consists of an iron ball magnetic suspension system and a three-phase interior permanent magnet motor. The experimental results demonstrated stable magnetic suspension and motor rotation at 1200 rpm.

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Booktitle: Proceedings of ISMB14