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ON THE OPTIMIZATION OF HALBACH ARRAYS AS ENERGY STORAGE MEDIA

By D. Mansson

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Abstract:
In the paper presented here the optimization of Halbach arrays as storage media for mechanical potential energy is investigated with numerical simulations using FEMM and analytical calculations using the Maxwell stress tensor. Two opposing Halbach arrays form a ``magnetic spring'' and mechanical potential energy is stored when this structure is compressed. It is here seen that the wavelength of the magnetization in the material and the dimensions greatly in fluence the stored energy density. A clear region of maximum is identified which leads to important conclusions on how the material should be employed. The suggested approach for storing energy have advantages and approximately 250 kJ/m3 can be reached. The main drawback is the large prize of rare earth metals such as Neodymium.

Citation:
D. Mansson, "On the Optimization of Halbach Arrays as Energy Storage Media," Progress In Electromagnetics Research B, Vol. 62, 277-288, 2015.
doi:10.2528/PIERB15021104

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