Traction motor design is one of the key components in the electric and hybrid electric vehicle (EV/HEV) powertrain development process. Optimizing the design of traction motors for performance and cost is critically important and challenging due to market demands on rare earth metals and ever shorter development cycles. Electromagnetic simulation plays a critical role by evaluating the performance of design concepts, such as by computing the torque profile and minimizing losses of the machine. Depending on the type of simulation being performed, electromagnetic field analysis can be computationally intensive. The engineers at General Motors (GM) have addressed this issue head-on by deploying a high-performance computing (HPC) environment that provided a 16 times speedup on electromagnetic simulation. In addition, this HPC environment provides the ability to evaluate more design alternatives, reduced time to market, reduced manufacturing costs, and improved the quality of traction motors used in GM's EV/HEVs. Learn more about the HPC environment, and its implementation by GM in this webinar.
Bradley Warren Smith, PhD
IT Electrical Architect NextGen and HPC Tools
General Motors Corporation
Dr Smith holds a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. His studies focused on the design and application of parallel computer systems. From 1985-present, he has been active with both electrical design and analysis and IT at General Motors Corporation. He is currently responsible for electrical analysis tools at GM and supports the High Performance Compute environment at GM.
Technical Director for Advanced Technology Initiatives
Scott has spent a combined 13 years of his career at ANSYS, Inc. and Ansoft Corporation working with customers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in the modeling and simulation of electromechanical devices and systems such as: motors and drives, solenoids, sensors, transformers and actuators. Before joining Ansoft, Scott worked six years for Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the Power Generation Controls Group as well as the Industrial Automation and Drives Group. Scott holds a B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Ohio University.
IEEE Spectrum “Tech Talk” contributor Douglas McCormick is a New York City-based freelance writer and communications consultant specializing in technology and life science. He has been editor or editorial director of such publications as PM360 (for healthcare marketers), BioTechniques (for molecular biology researchers), Pharmaceutical Technology, and Nature Publishing Company’s Bio/Technology (now called Nature Biotechnology). He was founder, CEO, and CTO of Physician Verification Services (an internet based healthcare marketing start-up) and, earlier, corporate director of scientific communications at SmithKline Beecham and computer science editor at Hayden Book Company.
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