This paper presents the analysis and control of active magnetic bearing (AMB) systems with a flexible rotor. A sliding mode controller design scheme is proposed to compensate for the nonlinear effects of the AMB system. A nonlinear model of the AMB system with an electromagnetic actuator and a flexible rotor is proposed to facilitate the present system analysis and controller design. This nonlinear model takes into account the dynamics of the flexible rotor, the characteristics of the nonlinear electromagnetic suspended system, and the contact force between the auxiliary bearing and the shaft. This study also considers the auto-centering control of the AMB system when subjected to disturbances and variations in the system parameters. The numerical results show that the system exhibits a periodic motion and demonstrates high accuracy and robustness when operating under sliding mode control.
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