This paper presents the comparison results between two new generator configurations. These generator units are namely a field assisted switched reluctance generator (SRG) and a brushless dc (BLDC) generator. No permanent magnets are used in either unit. The field assisted SR generator consists of two magnetically dependent stator and rotor sets (layers), where each stator set includes twelve salient poles with windings wrapped around them, while the rotor comprises of eight salient poles without any winding or permanent magnet. There is a stationary reel, which has the field coil wrapped around it and is placed between the two-stator sets. The BLDC generator is also made up of two magnetically dependent stator and rotor sets, but each stator set includes nine salient poles with windings wrapped around them while, the rotor comprises of six salient poles without any windings or permanent magnets. There is also a stationary reel between the two layers to produce the magnetic field through the motor assembly. This magnetic field travels through a guide to the rotor then the stator and finally completes its path via the generator housing. The generator phase windings for each layer are connect such that all the stator poles in that set can have either north or south pole configuration while the stator poles in the other layer have the opposite pole arrangement. This type of connection can be used in motoring mode as well. To evaluate the performance of the generators, two types of analysis, namely, numerical technique and experimental study have been utilized. In the numerical analysis, three dimensional finite element analysis is employed, whereas in the experimental study, proto-types have been built and tested.
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