Infolytica Corp. has announced MotorSolve v4 is available. This release has numerous improvements, which include a new SRM analysis module and major enhancements to the recently added Thermal analysis module.
MotorSolve now includes a fully automated finite element analysis (FEA) module for switched-reluctance machines. Users can select between an extremely rapid static FEA solve (well suited for early in the design process) or a full time-stepping non-linear FEA simulation (well suited for final design verification), depending on the level of accuracy they require.
MotorSolve SRM outputs the standard performance charts and field plots that motor designers require. Design parameters, performance data and summary comparisons can be recorded in an experimental log or report. Results are also easily accessible either with the use of the clipboard or export functionality.
“We refer to MotorSolve as an automated FEA design tool since the user doesn’t have to worry about the mesh or any typical post-processing tasks associated with FEA software,” said Chad Ghalamzan, Marketing manager at Infolytica Corp. “They select from an extensive list of performance indicators, quantities, charts, field plots, etc, what data they require. MotorSolve runs the automated FEA solver by handling all these ‘typical’ pre and post processing steps for the user, and produces the desired results as required.”
Building on the recently added MotorSolve Thermal module, new cooling types and other enhancements have been added to the package. Another key feature is the ability to display temperature fields as a shaded plot. This can be shown on radial or axial slices – extremely useful when trying to determine hot spots and heat flow between components.
The MotorSolve software suite supports brushless dc (BLDC), induction machine (IM) and switched reluctance machine (SRM) devices. Infolytica plans to release a new DC motor module by the end of 2012 as well.