New generation of 3D electromagnetic finite element analysis software with breakthrough simplicity facilitates magnetic component design
By Peter Markowski, Envelope Power, Ansonia, Conn.
Multiple layers of conductors in transformers can increase copper losses many times due to the proximity effects if the conductor thickness is higher than 0.3 of the skin depth. Traditionally used Dowell’s curves are accurate only in some geometrical arrangements. New generation of Finite Element Analysis software like EMS simulates high frequency phenomenon with much higher accuracy and is easy to use.
MONTREAL (September 25, 2014) – EMWorks Inc. announces the launch of its multi-physics simulation package SimClaim which is fully embedded in Ansys SpaceClaim®, formerly SpaceClaim, Engineer®. Based on the powerful finite element method, SimClaim brings the company’s proven simulation technology to the widest base of mechanical, electrical and electromechanical designers seeking to validate and optimize their electrical, thermal, and structural designs all within the SpaceClaim environment. “We are pleased to have partnered with SpaceClaim to bring this all important multi-physics simulation technology to the SpaceClaim user community. The support we received from SpaceClaim over the last couple of years has been instrumental in accomplishing this important milestone for our company” said Dr. Ammar Kouki, Vice-President of EMWorks. He added “Ansys SpaceClaim®, is an extremely powerful 3D direct modeling software package that eliminates CAD worries for designers. Direct modeling is dramatically different from the traditional CAD software because it allows the user to directly access the model without even knowing its history. SimClaim leverages this power to enable designers and CAE specialists to carry out conceptual analysis inside SpaceClaim in record time without needing to be CAD experts. CAD experts on the other hand, will find that the SpaceClaim-SimClaim combination is hard to beat when it comes to design validation through simulation given the speed and the highly efficient workflow that this combination offers.”
Electromechanical, electromagnetic, and power electronics devices can readily be studied using EMS. Electromagnetic behaviour could also be investigated with EMS. Below is sample list of devices and applications classified by areas:
Electromechanical • Motors and generators • Linear and rotational actuators • Relays • MEMS • Magnetic recording heads • Magnetic levitation • Solenoids • Loud speakers • Electromagnetic Brakes and Clutches • Alternators • Magnetic bearings
Electromagnetic • Coils • Permanent magnets • Sensors • NDT, NDE • High power • High voltage • PCBs • MRI Magnets • Induction heating • Bushings • Switchgear • Cables
Power electronics • Transformers • Inverters • Converters • Bus bars • Inductors
HFWorks is SolidWorks-embedded for high frequency applications. High frequency problems tend to be quite large because they are inversely proportional to the wavelength. Therefore, it is essential to take advantage of symmetry, when it exists, and apply the appropriate boundary condition. Several HFWorks users have asked for a clarification about this issue. There are two and only two types of symmetry B.C.:
Perfect magnetic conductor symmetry: applicable when the electric field is purely tangential, i.e. magnetic field is purely normal, on the plane of symmetry.
Perfect electric conductor symmetry: applicable when the electric field is purely normal, i.e. magnetic field is purely tangential, on the plane of symmetry.
Below is an illustration on a rectangular waveguide: