Design and Development of a Segmented Magnet Homopolar Torque Converter
Semi-annual technical rept. no. 2, 1 Dec 1972-31 May 1973
WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORP CHESWICK PA ELECTRO-MECHANICAL DIV
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This program is for the research and development of a new mechanical power transmission concept the segmented magnet homopolar torque converter. The purpose of this device is to convert unidirectional torque of constant speed such as from a steam turbine prime mover into variable speed output torque in either the forward or reverse directions. The report period encompasses the completion of Phase I study phase, and the initiation of Phase 2 experimental work. In Phase I the technical problems were reviewed, the machine concepts were studied, and a detailed technical plan was evolved for the entire program. In Phase 2, theoretical, engineering, and experimental tasks will be performed to develop a reliable current collection system which will be demonstrated in an actual segmented magnet homopolar machine, and a design layout evolved for a demonstration torque converter.
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