Design Electric Machines with SPEED

April 11 – April 15, 2016               Magsoft Corporation, Clifton Park, NY

This training session is for people involved in the design and manufacturing of electric motors and generators. It can be an initiation course as well as a refresher course. The goal of this session is to learn how to design electric machines with SPEED and how to leverage the full power of SPEED to optimize your designs for sustainable development.

Tan PhamThis is a 4.5 day training session. It covers multiple types of machines.

Participants may choose to attend the full session (4.5 days) or specific sessions. Sessions start daily at 9:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM. Session on last day (half day) starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 1:00 PM

This course provides hands on experience. Participants will have SPEED installed on their computer for the duration of the course. Extended evaluation period of SPEED will be provided on request.

This course is lead by Dr. Tan H Pham

To register, please fill in form

Please review the following accommodations for your stay.

April 11 : Discovering PC-BDC and Brushless machines

Introduction to Brushless PM motor technology:

Motor types: interior permanent magnets versus surface permanent magnets.
Drive types: sinewave versus squarewave.
Applications for brushless PM motors.

Introduction to PC-BDC:

Design cycle: from concept to optimization through an iterative process.
Input editors: discover the environment, outline editor, template editor,winding editor, material editor and custom editor.
Simulation: magnetic design (static analysis), system design (dynamic analysis) and torque speed performances.
Postprocessing: design sheet and graphs.
Associated tools: finite element analysis using GOFER or embedded PC-FEA, thermal evaluation, scripting using ActiveX.
Documentation: manuals and tutorials.

Live application using PC-BDC: discover

BDC Theory and Application (Part 1)

Back emf calculation and flux density distribution.
Torque, Kt, Ke.
Torque/Speed characteristics.
Performances and limitations: current densities, copper losses, iron losses, mechanical losses, thermal effects, demagnetization.
Model correlation using of X factors.
Squarewave drives.

Design a machine for squarewave drive

April 12 : Electric Drives Application

BDC Theory and Application (Part 2)

Sinewave Drives.
Phasor Diagram.
I-psi Loop.

Design an IPM for an electric drive


Airgap flux density distribution (Bgap)..
Tooth flux density (Btooth).
Single load point.
Cogging torque.
Torque computation (I-psi loop).

Thermal effects on the design

Performances at a set temperature.
Thermal resistance model (with and without heat transfer coefficient).
Simplified thermal network (Hot10).

April 13 : Application to Generators – Material database

Generator AC operation

Open-circuit: designing for the correct EMEF waveforms (windings, airgap flux density distribution).
Finite Element Analysis.
Short-circuit: demagnetization.
Passive linear load: voltage regulation curves.
AC synchronous load : infinite bus, power-angle curve.

Simulation of an AC generator

Generator DC operation (generator with electronic rectification and power-conditioning)

Rectifier load: uncontrolled rectification (over-running), uncontrolled rectification with DC filter circuit, phase-controlled rectification.
Fully controlled regenerative operation with PWM inverter.

Simulation of DC operation

Wound-field machines (electrically excited)


Magnets: BH loop, hysteresis, DC and AC magnetization.
Electrical steels: BH data, losses.

Step-by-step preparation of steel data

April 14 : Design of Induction Machines

General considerations

Advantages & Disadvantages.
Simplified PC-IMD flowchart.
Geometry, Materials & Windings.

Live application using PC-IMD: discovery

3 Phase Machines

Basic theory.
Equivalent circuit: T, L, Gamma, Alger.
Phasor diagram.
Performance: Torque/speed characteristics, Speed control.
Resistance and reactance calculation.
Parasitic effects : saturation, asynchronous and synchronous torques, stray load losses.
Thermal analysis.
Switching transients, direct starting, Wye-Delta starting, soft starting and POW switching.

Design an industrial 3 phases, 4 poles, 60 HP IM

single-product-large11April 15 : Design of Switched Reluctance Machine

General considerations

Basic theory of operation
Dynamic control
Magnetization curves
Geometry and windings

Live application using PC-SRD: discovery

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Please review the following accommodations for your stay.

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