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United States Patent Application

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One embodiment is a unique Vernier machine comprising a rotor and a stator. The rotor comprises a back portion and a plurality of permanent magnets. The stator comprises a plurality of ferromagnetic arm structures, a plurality of ferromagnetic pole structures extending from each of the ferromagnetic arm structures in a direction toward the permanent magnets, and a plurality of conductive windings disposed about respective ones of the plurality of ferromagnetic arm structures. The ferromagnetic pole structures are structured to collect magnetic flux from the permanent magnets. The ferromagnetic pole structures of each of said ferromagnetic arm structures are spaced apart from one another according to a non-uniform pattern such that the ferromagnetic pole structures of a given ferromagnetic arm structure have substantially the same angular position relative to the permanent magnets radially opposite from the ferromagnetic pole structures of the given ferromagnetic arm structure.
Ouyang, Wen (Apex, NC), Ramanan, Varagur (Cary, NC)
15/ 163,364
May 24, 2016
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0001] The subject matter disclosed in this patent application was developed under U.S. Department of Energy Contract No. DE-EE0006400. The U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.