Infolytica Corp. has released its MotorSolve v3. The new MotorSolve Thermal module is included with this latest version, giving motor designers a complete software tool, which they can use to thoroughly evaluate the impact of temperature and different cooling methods on the performance of brushless, PMAC and induction machines.
MotorSolve Thermal is a 3D automated-FEA analysis module that enhances the accuracy of MotorSolve’s existing electromagnetic result computations by accounting for heating and cooling on performance as well as offering new temperature related outputs. It accounts for conduction, radiation and natural/forced convection heating or cooling.
The MotorSolve user interface has been updated to include a full 3D view of the housing and the machine, giving a real time view of the design. The use of descriptive names and annotations on the model remove any guesswork as to the nature and impact of each parameter.
This latest release is unlike other design software solutions, as it eliminates the need to create two separate machine models for thermal and electromagnetic analysis. Within just one design environment, you can perform both types of analysis. There is no template matching or software linking. Just specify the motor and housing geometry, winding details, losses, materials and cooling type once in order to:
- Calculate temperatures using the losses from the magnetic analysis
- Perform the magnetic analyses taking into account the change in material properties due to the change in temperatures
MotorSolve Thermal offers both steady state and duty cycle experimental condition. The extensive list of performance charts includes duty cycle losses, average or min/max temperatures and heat flux.