Patent Number: 8,823,331

Title: Permanent magnet generator

Abstract: A permanent magnet generator having the unique feature of a speed proportionally adjusted air gap for self-regulation of coil output voltage over a wide range of operating rotational speed of a steam turbine to which the invention is coupled. The Permanent Magnet Generator rotor is supported by the turbine end shaft and the stator is supported by a bracket bolted to the turbine pedestal base or other rigid structure. The speed proportional air gap is accomplished through the use of a plurality of centrifugal flyweights in mechanical coupling to a spool piece under spring load and to corresponding rare earth magnets via linkage such that increasing rotor speed extends the flyweights outward from the rotor center of rotation and draws the rare earth magnets closer to the rotor center of rotation and thus increases the air gap.

Inventors: Lovejoy; Kim A. (Waukesha, WI)

Assignee: Lovejoy Controls Corporation

International Classification: H02P 9/48 (20060101); H02P 9/00 (20060101); H02K 21/02 (20060101); H02K 7/12 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/02/12018