IT in Manufacturing


Multi-discipline simulation of axial flux motors for next-generation EVs

March 2024 IT in Manufacturing

Siemens Digital Industries Software’s Simcenter E-Machine Design software helps electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers and their associated supply chains to predict the performance of e-machines accurately, including axial flux electric drive units. The new solution from the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of industry software brings together electromagnetic and thermal simulation, helping reduce reliance on physical prototyping, and enabling the EV industry to accelerate innovation.

“The electric vehicle industry is facing challenges from many directions, including supply chain issues, the ability to scale, and the pursuit of innovation driven by increasingly demanding customers,” said senior vice president, Jean-Claude Ercolanelli. “By adopting cutting-edge simulation capabilities to develop new products and technologies in shorter timescales than ever achieved, the EV industry can focus on delivering the innovation required to stay relevant in a rapidly changing market.”

Axial flux motors can positively impact the EV range due to their increased power density; but engineers adopting them face more challenging heat dissipation requirements due to their compact size and complexity, and difficulties in accommodating the required air gap. The complex nature of these motors is challenging engineers, and many are turning to advanced simulation to help reduce development costs and time.

Delivered as part of the latest updates to the Simcenter software, the new Simcenter E-Machine Design solution allows engineers to use parameterised templates and analytical modelling in the early stages of development. They can then continue working on their design in 3D with full Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulations when more complex investigations are required, such as advanced thermal interactions.

Simcenter now also includes a simplified electric vehicle powertrain development process, from motor design to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Electromagnetic loads from the new Simcenter E-Machine Design software are easily transferred to Simcenter 3D software for further acoustics and mechanical motion performance analysis.

The new smart virtual sensing capability empowers test engineers to simulate the unmeasurable. The new tool integrates simulation with physical testing to enable physical test teams to position virtual sensors in critical areas where physical sensors cannot be placed due to location or the complex geometry. This enables measurement of the unmeasurable by using a reduced order model featuring virtual sensors that run in real time alongside a physical test. It combines data from physical strain gauges with a reduced order model to compute operational loading conditions. This enables engineers to calculate results at the ‘unreachable’ critically located virtual sensor.

Design space exploration is also now fully integrated into Simcenter 3D, enabling the automation of design parameter modification, updating the simulation model, reviewing results, and iterating to explore design tradeoffs or achieve an optimal result. The associative integration of CAD geometry, simulation modelling and automation allows the creation of hundreds of runs without user intervention, helping designers and engineers explore more possibilities for their products.

For more information contact Siemens South Africa, cbcqueries.za@siemens.com, www.siemens.co.za


Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Bringing brownfield plants back to life
Schneider Electric South Africa IT in Manufacturing
Today’s brownfield plants are typically characterised by outdated equipment and processes, and face challenges ranging from inefficient operations to safety hazards. However, all is not lost, as these plants stand to gain a lot from digitalisation and automation.

Read more...
Risks facing the engineering sector
IT in Manufacturing
The engineering, construction, and real estate sector is facing significant challenges in the year ahead, with natural catastrophes, fire and explosion risks emerging as the primary concerns, according to the Allianz Risk Barometer.

Read more...
African data centres: if you build it, they will come
Schneider Electric South Africa IT in Manufacturing
Africa’s data centre market is growing at an unprecedented rate, driven by a soaring demand for digital services, artificial intelligence, crypto currencies and cloud computing. This is good news indeed, as Africa’s burgeoning digital landscape also presents significant opportunities for investors, technology companies and local businesses.

Read more...
When cyber attackers are using AI, your defence needs to do the same
IT in Manufacturing
Cyberthreats have become increasingly sophisticated, thanks to the use of artificial intelligence (AI), and attacks can now be executed rapidly and scaled beyond anything a human is capable of. Add in machine learning (ML), and attacks can now adapt and evolve in real time, becoming more sophisticated and stealthier. Traditional security measures are simply no longer effective; we need to counter the offensive AI with the use of defensive AI.

Read more...
Closed-loop production chain for metal additive manufacturing
Siemens South Africa IT in Manufacturing
AMAZEMET has adopted solutions from the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of industry software to help build its etal additive manufacturing materials and supporting post-processing equipment.

Read more...
Edge computing: Introducing AI into the factory
Editor's Choice IT in Manufacturing
As AI evolves, it is evident that the most powerful models will be cloud-based, and hosted in data centres that are beyond the control of the average business. The practical application of AI in manufacturing control and automation will only be possible if some of the computing workloads can be brought onto the plant, inside the firewall and inside the plant network.

Read more...
The magnificent seven of industrial software development
Schneider Electric South Africa IT in Manufacturing
There’s fast paced, and there’s supersonic, and the latter certainly applies to the evolution of software or, more specifically, industrial software. The last year has seen the industrial software step to the fore to take over the mundane, repetitive and sometime dangerous, allowing us to focus once again on what makes us uniquely human.

Read more...
Transforming the electromechanical landscape
ACTOM Electrical Machines IT in Manufacturing
The electromechanical industry is fundamentally being transformed by Industry 4.0, which is ushering in an era of more efficient and innovative practices. Increasingly, companies are integrating automation and AI to optimise manufacturing processes, enhance productivity, and deliver better solutions to clients.

Read more...
Automated machine health monitoring
SKF South Africa IT in Manufacturing
Coupled with rapidly advancing technologies, the growing global population is propelling an ever-increasing demand for essentially anything that consumers require, from infrastructure to food. By switching from a manual to an automated machine monitoring system and data collection process, operators will increase the availability of their rotating equipment, and subsequently optimise their operations.

Read more...
Five emerging trends and advancements in process automation
IT in Manufacturing
Staying competitive requires companies to continually seek new ways to optimise their operations, reduce costs, and enhance productivity. In this article, we explore some emerging trends and advancements in process automation that are shaping the way businesses operate in the 21st century.

Read more...