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Engineer and design innovative traction motors using simulations & test


The electrification of the transportation industry is receiving a significant amount of attention. Market projections predict a rapid rise in demand for alternatives to internal combustion engine vehicles over the next several decades. The implications of these trends are widespread for all segments of the xEV industry, including drivetrain component manufacturers, suppliers, and integrators.

In this white paper, we consider the current state and future direction of traction motor design with respect to the industry’s trends, challenges and solutions, and how simulation and test solutions can support engineering innovation in those domains.

The core aspects of designing traction motors for electric vehicles

This white paper discusses the engineering, simulation, and computational challenges of an end-to-end design process for traction motors for the hybrid and electric vehicle (xEV) industries. Each of these aspects is discussed with respect to a typical V-cycle, from design conception to prototype creation. The key engineering objectives include developing high-power density, high-efficiency, fault-tolerant, robust and low-cost machines.

The role of simulation and modeling in traction motor design

Implementing a novel and integrated design and development workflow using modern simulation tools will play a central role in achieving these objectives. This paper covers the core advantages embedded in the state-of-the-art Simcenter software suite of tools that are designed to meet current and future traction motor design challenges.

Accelerate high performance traction motor design with the Simcenter portfolio

Key questions and elements that are addressed:

  • Will the demand for developing new and improved traction motors follow suit with the industry’s overall growth?
  • What are the technical challenges and opportunities for the next generation of traction motor design Engineers?
  • What are some of the pertinent computational and simulation solutions that can enable today’s designers to meet the engineering challenges of the future?