2014 Publications

Electrical Machine Topologies: Hottest Topics in the Electrical Machine Research Community

By Aldo Boglietti ; Ayman M. El-Refaie ; Oliver Drubel ; Avoki M. Omekanda ; Nicola Bianchi ; Emmanuel B. Agamloh ; Mircea Popescu ; Antonino Di Gerlando ; James Borg Bartolo

IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine

Year: 2014 | Volume: 8, Issue: 2 | Magazine Article | Publisher: IEEE

Abstract: In this article, the state of the art in electrical machine design is outlined underlining the problems and challenges to be solved by engineers. As highlighted in this article, even if electrical machine design is often considered a mature issue from the technical and technological point of view, every year, new progresses and steps forward are made. New and more sophisticated design tools can be used worldwide, and innovative manufacturing processes, new insulation materials, and higher performance magnetic materials are available on the market. In addition, the evolution of the hardware used in digital control and new powerful power electronic devices represents a constant stimulus to improve the performance of electrical machines and reintroduce electrical machine structures that were not adopted in the past due to technological and technical constraints. As shown in this article, electrical machine design is an evergreen topic, and its importance is rising more each year under the push of more energy-saving requirements and higher-efficiency systems for electromechanical conversion. A green world will not be possible without electrical machines.

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