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We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Motor-CAD European User Conference will be held on the 19th – 20th February at the IET Austin Court in Birmingham, UK.
Registration is now open – click here to find out more.
Motor Design Ltd are pleased to announce we have signed an agreement with ANSYS, Inc. to distribute our software, Motor-CAD. This agreement enables the distribution of Motor-CAD through the comprehensive ANSYS sales and support network.
“Motor-CAD is the world leading tool for fast multiphysics design and sizing of electrical machines. It allows users to efficiently calculate electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical performance of a machine over the complete operating cycle, making Motor-CAD ideally suited for iterative design space exploration and optimization of concept designs.
Through our agreement with ANSYS, the combination of Motor-CAD and ANSYS’ industry leading multiphysics simulation technology will create an unparalleled workflow for electric machines, from initial design to detailed analysis. This agreement also allows MDL to continue our focus on developing the most dedicated and cutting-edge software, on supporting Motor-CAD users and on ensuring the best possible customer experience.”
Dr James Goss – CEO of Motor Design Ltd.
View the press release here.
Motor-CAD North America User Conference — October 16-17, 2019 I Detroit
Marius Rosu, Electromechanical Lead Product Manager at ANSYS, will be presenting on Day 1 of our upcoming North America User Conference, joining electric motor design experts from Harley-Davidson, General Motors, Hitachi America Ltd and more. Visit our conference webpage to find out more!
New to Motor-CAD? We are also running a free, hands-on ‘Introduction to Motor-CAD’ workshop on October 15 in Detroit, ahead of the main conference. Register your interest in attending here.
Motor Design Ltd is looking for a Senior Research Engineer to join our growing team.
Visit our careers page for more information and for details on how to apply.
We are delighted to formally announce that Dr Melanie Michon has joined Motor Design Ltd as Head of Engineering. Melanie looks after MDL’s grant-funded research projects and manages our engineering team, who work closely with customers to ensure Motor-CAD meets their motor design needs. Joining us from her previous position as Head of Electrification at Romax Technology, Melanie’s extensive industry experience, electrical engineering background and technical expertise gives her fantastic insight into the electrification industry and we welcome her to the team.
Read our interview with Melanie below.
Can you tell us about your background?
MM: I am from the Netherlands originally and did my bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering there before being offered a Research Associate position at the University of Sheffield, with the option to do a PhD. I have worked on a wide range of electrical engineering topics. I started off working with Philips on power electronics for lighting applications. I then moved to Sheffield where I did my PhD on electrical energy recovery from exhaust gases in a vehicle application. Following this I worked for several years on renewable energy during the wind boom. When electrification and e-mobility kicked off I was working at Romax Technology, so I got heavily involved in developing solutions for electric vehicles. Romax are a mechanical engineering company and they wanted me to help transform them into an electromechanical engineering company. During my time there I built up an electrical engineering team from scratch and established a centre of excellence for electrification.
Why did you choose to join MDL?
MM: I felt it was time for a new challenge, and MDL provides this. MDL is fast-growing, and at the forefront of developing new technology and software in the booming area of electrification in e-mobility. So this is a very exciting environment to work in, with an excellent team of people. I also fancied getting back to my roots of electrical engineering, so it is great to be surrounded by electrical machine designers again.
Can you tell us about your new role?
MM: I am Head of Engineering at MDL and I manage the engineering team. My role has a number of different aspects—I look after the grant-funded projects and the research related to that, look for new business opportunities to grow the company, and with the team will also provide technical account management for our key customer accounts.
On the research side of things, we have some good projects ongoing. The Virbius project, an Innovate UK funded collaborative project led by Jaguar Landrover, is basically about pushing the limits of 48V hybrid technology. This collaboration allows us to work on state-of-the-art motor design and do a lot of new development on Motor-CAD software, in terms of thermal modelling in particular. Then there is an EU funded project called ReFreeDrive, which is looking at alternative technologies to rare earth magnets. For that, we have designed several motors—again state-of-the-art specification—and we’re working as part of a big EU consortium with several universities and several companies, which is a really great environment to maintain and extend collaborations across Europe. Overall, we participate in the grant-funded projects because they are intended to push the current state of the art in machine design. They allow us to, first of all, to keep up with what is happening in the field and they then allows us to develop the software, because Motor-CAD will have to keep up with all these new trends as well.
The account management aspect of my role is a good new challenge that I will take on with the team. We want customers to have the best support that they can get, and our engineers are big experts in the field and can provide that support. So we want to maintain regular contact between the engineer and the customer, understanding our customers’ needs and requirements, and seeing if there is any joint development that the customer wants to do with us. It is about building that relationship: we get valuable feedback and the customer gets very well looked after.
And finally, what drew you into engineering in the first place?
MM: I was not really looking at engineering at first, but I think it was the problem-solving aspect that drew me to it. And I have always liked the physics and maths side of things. I enjoy the balance between understanding complex technical issues, fitting this to the ‘big picture’ business strategy, and successfully delivering and commercialising a solution. So, I don’t think I am your ‘typical engineer’ in that respect, but I really enjoy working with expert engineers solving challenging problems and helping our customers in doing so.
Read our latest white paper on ‘Performance Analysis of Electric Motor Technologies for an Electric Vehicle Powertrain’
Designing an electric motor requires a comprehensive understanding of the impacts that different technologies can have on motor mass, performance and cost — ideally at an early stage in the design process when design choices are still open and the cost of change is low. In our latest white paper, we discuss how different design choices, such as motor topology, winding type and cooling system, can be compared and evaluated with the overall system impact in mind.
- The first section of the paper looks at a comparison between an interior permanent magnet, induction and wound field synchronous motor design in an EV application.
- The second part of the paper takes the permanent magnet machine design and considers the trade-off between hairpin and stranded winding technologies.
- Finally, three different cooling types are compared: water jacket cooling, oil spray cooling, and combined water jacket and air cooling.
What will you learn? How different motor types compare in terms of mass, cost, continuous performance, efficiency and energy usage over typical drive cycles, and how simulation tools can be used to quickly and easily explore trade-offs in design decisions.
If you have a question about this white paper or our software, Motor-CAD, don’t hesitate to get in touch – email us at or fill out our contact form. A member of our team can also arrange for you to evaluate Motor-CAD for free.