General Tutorial

A comprehensive tutorial showing the modelling of a traction motor with example files is given below.
This gives a good insight into the use of Motor-CAD covering the electromagnetic, thermal and also duty cycle and efficiency map modelling of an automotive traction machine:

Leaf Motor Tutorial


Motor-CAD Combined BPM Electromagnetic and Thermal Model

Motor-CAD Combined IM Electromagnetic and Thermal Model

Motor-CAD modelling of SRM machines

Motor-CAD modelling of PMDC machines

Motor-CAD modelling of single phase induction machines

Electromagnetic Functionality

Evaluating Demagnetization using Motor-CAD

Motor-CAD Machine performance optimisation tutorial

Motor-CAD FEA path measurement tutorial

Calculating AC winding losses using Motor-CAD


Motor-CAD Transient Analysis

Motor-CAD Axial Channel Water Jacket Cooling

Motor-CAD Through Ventilation Cooling

Motor-CAD Wet Rotor Cooling

Motor-CAD End Winding Spray Cooling Model

Motor-CAD Modeling of uneven copper loss distribution in multiphase machines

Motor-CAD Model calibration using the DC test case

Thermal Functionality

Motor-CAD Winding temperature model calibration using Finite Element module

Motor-CAD reduced node model tutorial

Motor-CAD Scripting Control for Duty Cycle analysis

Motor-CAD Circuit Editor


Motor-CAD Mechanical Stress Analysis


Motor-CAD modelling of custom machine geometries using imported DXF Geometry

Motor-CAD ActiveX Scripting

Motor-CAD FEA Geometry Scripting


Motor-CAD to Ansys Electronics Desktop coupling

Motor-CAD to SPEED coupling

Motor-CAD to Matlab Simscape PMSM block coupling

Latest News

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Motor-CAD European User Conference 2020 – Save the Date

19th – 20th February 2020 I The 2020 Motor-CAD European User Conference will be held at the IET Austin Court in Birmingham, UK.

MDL signs distribution agreement with ANSYS Inc.

Motor Design Ltd are pleased to announce we have signed an agreement with ANSYS, Inc. to distribute our software, Motor-CAD.

MDL is recruiting – new career opportunities available

New career opportunity for a Senior Research Engineer to join us at our Wrexham headquarters in the UK.

MDL welcomes Dr Melanie Michon, Head of Engineering

Motor Design Ltd is delighted to welcome Dr Melanie Michon, our new Head of Engineering.

Read our latest white paper on ‘Performance Analysis of Electric Motor Technologies for an Electric Vehicle Powertrain’

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.

Celebrating 20 years of Motor Design Ltd and Motor-CAD

Motor Design Ltd is proud to celebrate 20 years of Motor-CAD software! Read our interview with MDL founder and company president, Dr David Staton.

Latest software release – Motor-CAD v12

Motor Design Ltd is delighted to announce the release of Motor-CAD v12 — the latest version of our unique software package dedicated to the electromechanical performance of motors and generators and the optimisation of their cooling.

Motor-CAD European User Conference 2019

We are delighted to announce that Motor Design Ltd’s inaugural European Motor-CAD User Conference will take place on the 20th-21st February 2019, in Birmingham, UK. The two-day event will bring together engineers and researchers working on eMachine design to learn about technological developments, share best practice and discuss their challenges and approaches.

Workshop on ‘Design Trends and Performance Analysis of BEV & HEV Electric Machines’ at Motor & Drive Systems 2019

Dr. David Staton will be running a workshop on ‘Design Trends and Performance Analysis of BEV & HEV Electric Machines’ at the 2019 Motor & Drive Systems Conference in Orlando, Florida.


Online Training Courses

Register for our free fast-track online training course and get an introduction to IM and BPM machine design using Motor-CAD.