This work investigates the impact of thin electrical steel laminations on the performance of interior permanent magnet (IPM) motors for electric vehicle tractions. Three different electrical steel grades are used in IPM motor designs and the performance is evaluated by simulation. It is found that thin laminations can improve the efficiency of the IPM motor, but the output torque could be slightly reduced due to low saturation flux density. Therefore, direct replacement of core materials for the same motor design may not be suitable. This paper presents the considerations for the design of IPM motors using thin laminations. The motor performance, including torque, efficiency, and constant power speed range is evaluated. A process is developed for the design of high performance IPM motors using thin laminations. Experimental studies are conducted to validate the simulations and designs.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Automotive Engineering
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering