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Title: The design of AC brushless permanent magnet motors for electric vehicle traction applications
Author: Goss, James
ISNI:       0000 0004 5917 3272
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2015
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Brushless permanent magnet machines are a preferred topology for electric vehicle traction due to their inherent high efficiencies and excellent power densities. Electric and hybrid vehicles are a rapidly growing sector in the global automotive industry due to concerns regarding man made climate change, pollution in urban areas and the rising and volatile cost of fossil fuels. This research thesis investigates the design of brushless permanent magnet motors for electric vehicle applications from a technical and commercial perspective. A set of computationally efficient techniques are presented that enable the performance of any sinusoidal BPM machine to be evaluated over the entire operational envelope. By applying these techniques torque/speed characteristics, efficiency maps, complex duty cycles and thermally constrained performance envelopes can be modelled within a few minutes of computation. The techniques are comprehensively validated using experimental results from a 36 slot 10 pole interior permanent magnet motor designed for a small electric vehicle traction application. A complete design methodology is presented that provides a simple and rigorous approach to the design of BPM electric motors for traction applications. A number of modern CAD tools are utilised and electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical performance aspects are taken into account. It is shown that the use of this methodology can result in a significantly improved design, compared to the use of a unstructured iterative design approach, when used by an inexperienced designer.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Eng.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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