The thermal analysis of a high performance brushless synchronous electric motor with permanent magnets and water jacket cooling is presented. The analysis is carried out following a lumped parameter thermal network approach which allows to identify the most important thermal paths in the motor and the main parameters influencing them. Thanks to its simplicity, the solution of such a thermal network model is very fast, allowing a large number of what-if scenarios to be computed over a short amount of time. For this reason, the model is coupled with external tools for performing systematic sensitivity analyses and optimizations. Goal of the investigation is the reduction of the windings temperature being this temperature inversely proportional to the efficiency and the power delivered by the motor. The sensitivity analysis, performed over a series of material, geometric, and operational factors, leads to the identification of the most relevant parameters influencing the thermal behaviour of the motor. A series of optimizations, focusing on these parameters and including suitable constraints granting the well-posedness of the problem and the feasibility of the solution, bring to the definition of an optimum layout of the water jacket and of the stator geometries. The optimized geometry allows a significant reduction of the windings temperature to be achieved.

Thermal management of a Formula E electric motor: Analysis and optimization / Cavazzuti, Marco; Gaspari, Gloria; Pasquale, Stefano; Stalio, Enrico. - In: APPLIED THERMAL ENGINEERING. - ISSN 1359-4311. - 157:(2019), pp. 1-10. [10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2019.113733]

Thermal management of a Formula E electric motor: Analysis and optimization

Cavazzuti, Marco;Stalio, Enrico
2019

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The thermal analysis of a high performance brushless synchronous electric motor with permanent magnets and water jacket cooling is presented. The analysis is carried out following a lumped parameter thermal network approach which allows to identify the most important thermal paths in the motor and the main parameters influencing them. Thanks to its simplicity, the solution of such a thermal network model is very fast, allowing a large number of what-if scenarios to be computed over a short amount of time. For this reason, the model is coupled with external tools for performing systematic sensitivity analyses and optimizations. Goal of the investigation is the reduction of the windings temperature being this temperature inversely proportional to the efficiency and the power delivered by the motor. The sensitivity analysis, performed over a series of material, geometric, and operational factors, leads to the identification of the most relevant parameters influencing the thermal behaviour of the motor. A series of optimizations, focusing on these parameters and including suitable constraints granting the well-posedness of the problem and the feasibility of the solution, bring to the definition of an optimum layout of the water jacket and of the stator geometries. The optimized geometry allows a significant reduction of the windings temperature to be achieved.
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Thermal management of a Formula E electric motor: Analysis and optimization / Cavazzuti, Marco; Gaspari, Gloria; Pasquale, Stefano; Stalio, Enrico. - In: APPLIED THERMAL ENGINEERING. - ISSN 1359-4311. - 157:(2019), pp. 1-10. [10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2019.113733]
Cavazzuti, Marco; Gaspari, Gloria; Pasquale, Stefano; Stalio, Enrico
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