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US7863847: Power unit
3 Claims, 21 Drawings
A power unit which makes it possible to reduce power transmitted from a prime mover to a driven part via an electrical path, to thereby increase the efficiency of driving the driven part. A first rotating machine of the power unit inputs and outputs energy between a stator and first and second rotors thereof, via magnetic circuits formed by generation of a rotating magnetic field, and the rotating magnetic field, and the rotors rotate while maintaining a linear relation in which respective differences in rotational speed between the rotating magnetic field and the second rotor, and between the second and first rotors are equal. The rotors are mechanically connected to a prime mover and a transmission, respectively. A second rotating machine of the power unit is mechanically connected to a drive part without via the transmission, and electrically connected to the stator.
- 1. A power unit that drives a driven part for propelling a transport mechanism, comprising:
a prime mover;
a transmission that is mechanically connected to said prime mover;
a first rotating machine including an immovable stator for generating a rotating magnetic field, a first rotor formed by magnets and disposed in an opposed relation to said stator, and a second rotor formed of a soft magnetic material and disposed between said stator and said first rotor, said first rotating machine being configured to input and output energy between said stator, said first rotor, and said second rotor, via magnetic circuits formed by generation of the rotating magnetic field, and such that in accordance with the energy input and output, the rotating magnetic field, and said first and second rotors rotate while maintaining a linear relation in which a difference in a rotational speed of the rotating magnetic field and a rotational speed of said second rotor, and a difference between the rotational speed of said second rotor and a rotational speed of said first rotor are equal to each other, said second rotor being mechanically connected to said prime mover, and said first rotor being mechanically connected to said transmission; and
a second rotating machine mechanically connected to said driven part without via said transmission, and electrically connected to said stator.
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