Coupling Q&A

I recently happened across Howard Schwerdlin's article, “Torque by Magnetic Pull,” on your web site. I am working on a vacuum pump project where we intend to use magnetic couplings to overcome a seal leakage problem. We would like to know the effect of speed on magnetic couplings. Say the speed is increased from 3,000 to 6,000 rpm and power is in the range of 1.5 to 55 kW for different models.
Kasinathan Raghunath
India

The synchronous magnetic coupling will transmit the same amount of torque regardless of operating speed. The eddy current effect that will occur in metallic barriers is proportional to speed squared (N2). That said, a speed increase from 3,000 to 6,000 rpm would increase the eddy current losses by four times. These losses show up as additional drag on the motor and heat generation in the barrier that must be removed. This effect is eliminated when a nonmetallic barrier is used.
— Howard Schwerdlin

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