The eddy effect of the magnetic thrust bearing (MTB) is researched by the finite element analysis (FEA). The active magnetic bearing (AMB) is an advanced bearing, used in HTR-PM. The alternating current in the bearing windings will decrease the electromagnetic force and cause phase lag, especially in the MTB which has no lamination structure. According to the calculation in this paper, simple sinusoidal current has large eddy effect. The force decreases obviously and the phase lag is large. However, the current containing direct part and sinusoidal part, which is closer to actual current, has less eddy effect. That is to say, because of the direct part in the current, the eddy effect of the sinusoidal part decreases.

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