Motor-CAD Software

About MDL

Motor Design Ltd (MDL) is a world leader in developing advanced software and tools for designing electrical machines. We have been developing electric motor software since 1998.

Our software, Motor-CAD, is recognised worldwide as class-leading motor design software. We use our expert knowledge of designing electric motors to provide software support to electric machine designers at some of the most prestigious aerospace, automotive and industrial companies worldwide.

The design consulting services we offer cover all aspects of motor design from concept, performance optimisation, through to test and prototype development. Our customers benefit from our years of experience in designing electric motors and in-depth knowledge of simulation techniques.

Research and innovation is at the heart of what we do. We are active on several international research funded projects and have developed advanced motor solutions for the automotive and aerospace markets.

History

Dr David Staton’s PhD research studies at the University of Sheffield in the 1980s centred on the development of CAD software for electric machines.

In 1998, he became the founder of the pioneering company, Motor Design Limited, with the specific aim of developing Motor-CAD – the world’s first and only motor design software designed to simplify the complexities of thermal analysis. Since then the software has developed significantly.

Dave Staton is an expert in the thermal analysis of electric motors and has published well over 100 technical papers and books. He presents tutorials at electrical machine design conferences worldwide.

Visit our Resource Library to view other MDL publications and papers.

MDL’s main offices are in the UK. The company also operates a worldwide distribution network.

MDL’s highly experienced team of global distributors have been successfully marketing Motor-CAD software for fifteen years.

 

Green Technology

 

Motor Design Limited (MDL) is completely committed to supporting emerging green technology and renewable energy.

The software is already helping to drive the green revolution and the viability of renewable energy. It is used by electric vehicle and aircraft manufacturers to optimise the size of motors and reduce CO2 emissions. MDL’s product is also used to ensure that green alternatives, such as wind generators, have the correct cooling.

In partnership with the University of Bristol and Adapted Solutions, MDL are part of the EU’s Clean Skies Joint Technology Initiative. MDL is developing thermal models for novel motor and generator topologies to aid the design of a new Helicopter Electric Regenerative Rotor Brake (HERRB) for AgustaWestland Helicopters. MDL’s expertise enables the development of reliable models that can work with other models to ensure reliable system simulation leading to optimum design.

ELETAD is another partnership project, this time with the Universities of Bristol and Bucharest and Lucchi Rimini Elettromecanica. MDL is contributing to the development and build of a prototype electric tail rotor for AgustaWestland Helicopters. This is another Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative funded by the EU.

MDL is helping to bring green energy to households in the UK and Ireland. Our experts are providing the expertise to support the design and manufacture of a state-of-the-art series of wind turbines. These are equipped with direct driven permanent magnet machines and cover a power range from 6kW to 100kW.

     

Latest News

MDL Torque Issue 28: April 2017

Cut edge analysis using Motor-CAD FEA
Launch of MDL Film
Motor-CAD training in China
Upcoming Events

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MDL Torque Issue 27: March 2017

FEA Measurement Functionality
New IPM Magnet Geometries
Launch of web-site
Welcome to Erasmus Student

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MDL Torque Issue 26: February 2017

Square Wave Drive Mode
Welcome to new staff
Presentation at Advanced E-Motor Technology 2017

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MDL Torque Issue 25: November 2016

MDL Motor Design Training Course, 15th – 18th November 2016, Oswestry, UK
IET Seminar on Practical Control of Salient PM Motors
IEEE IAS Chapter Prominent Lecture on Practical Aspects in the Design & Analysis of Electric Machinery for Power Traction Application

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MDL Torque Issue 24: October 2016

Multiphase Developments
APC-E Machine Launch Event
China Tour

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MDL Torque Issue 23: September 2016

Motor-CAD IM-EMag Development
Motor-CAD at Cenex-LCV Event
Motor Design Limited Headlines at Battery Show

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MDL Torque Issue 22: July 2016

Release of Motor-CAD Version 10
Workshop with Ansys in Munich
MDL Sponsorship of 24th Symposium on Electromagnetic Phenomena in Nonlinear Circuits
Near win in Ellesmere charity regatta!

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MDL Torque Issue 21: June 2016

Exciting Work on Fan Cooling
Presentation at European PhD School

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MDL Torque Issue 20: May 2016

Prize Paper on Ecological Vehicles

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MDL Torque Issue 19: April 2016

Evoque E & HVEMS Projects

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Events

CWIEME Berlin : 20th – 22nd June 2017

Dr David Staton and Dr James Goss are presenting:
Open Source Electric Motor Models for Commercial EV Hybrid Traction Motors  
Electric Motor Design: Trade-Off Analysis Including Motor Type, Winding Type, Material and Coil Type Selections.

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Engine Expo 2017, Stuttgard : 20th-22nd June 2017

Dr Unai San Andres and Giuseppe Volpe will be attending the Expo. For more information please click here.  
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Motor-CAD General Training, Italy : 14th-15th June 2017

Location: SPIN Applicazioni Magnetiche Srl - Via Corselli 11 - Piacenza, Italy Dr James Goss, Head of Technology at MDL, will be delivering a general Motor-CAD training course. This is being organised jointly with our Italian distributors, SPIN. For more information...
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CADFEM – MDL workshop: Simulation of Electric Machines 13th June

Venue: Airport House Bussiness Centre, Purley Way, Craydon, Surrey, CR0 0XZ

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OPTIM-ACEMP Conference : 25th – 27th May 2017

Venue: Cheile Gradistei Fundata Complex
Dr Mircea Popescu will be delivering the Keynote Presentation on Electric Machine Design for Automotive Applications .

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18th European PhD School : 22nd-26th May 2017

Location: Angevian Castle, Gaeta, Italy Giuseppe Volpe, who is sponsored by MDL, will be presenting his PhD work to date. For more information please click here.
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IEMDC : 21st – 24th May 2017

Location: Miami Dr James Goss will be attending and presenting a paper titled “A Fourier Approach for Computationally Efficient Modelling of the Operating Envelope in PMSMs” For more information please click here.
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IEEE WEMDCD : 19th  April 2017

Location: University of Nottingham, United Kingdom Attended by Dr Mircea Popescu and Giuseppe Volpe For more information please click here.
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CWIEME Shanghai : 15th – 17th March 2017.

Date: 15th – 17th March 2017.
Venue:Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center
Dr David Staton is presenting:
Open Source Electric Motor Models for Commercial EV & Hybrid Traction Motors.
Electric Motor Design: Trade-Off Analysis Including Motor Type, Winding Type, Material and Coil Type Selections.

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Webinar – Solving Electric Vehicle Powertrain Problems Using RomaxDESIGNER & Motor-CAD

Date: Wednesday 15th March 2017 at 8am or 4pm GMT.
Dr Mircea Popescu, Head of Engineering at MDL, and Kristian Kuyumdzhiev, Applications Engineer from our partner Romax Technology, will solve electric vehicle powertrain problems using RomaxDESIGNER R17 and Motor-CAD.

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DISTRIBUTORS

The Motor-CAD software is distributed worldwide. Our carefully selected partners are experts in the use of the software and can provide support and training.

To find a distributor near you, click on the link below.

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