An engineer's diary
[No. 11] What is the finite-element method?
The idea in the finite-element method is to divide a difficult problem into a number of simpler problems which can be solved simultaneously; the solution to the difficult problem…
[No. 10] RW
All electric machines use wire — usually of copper, but sometimes of aluminium. The electrical resistance R determines the I2Rloss (Joule loss) in each winding when the RMS curre…
[No. 9] Can a magnetic circuit work without air ?
Recently the U.K. Magnetics Society sent a list of 10 questions for their magazine MagNews, in which the first question was “What is your favourite magnetic material?” In a hurry…
[No. 8] Hysteresis
At the JMAG Users’ Conference in Strasbourg last October, Hiroyuki Sano (JSOL) and Yves Thiolière (Powersys) gave a detailed class tutorial on the hysteron, a defined trapezoidal …
[No. 7] Peripheral, marginal, second-order, inexact . . . and IMPORTANT!
The finite-element method is very rarely exactly correct. Now surely that is an outrageous thing to say on the JMAG website! But what do we mean by exactly? The finite-element met…
[No. 6] The Periodic Table of Electric Machines
When the archaeologists dig us up in 5,000 years’ time, they will find a large number of electric motors and generators. Who knows if they will understand what they find? They w…
[No. 5] Formulas and Equations
What’s the difference between a formula and an equation? Take the examples,
[No. 4] The Historic Claw-Pole Machine
My grandson is interested in mathematics and history. Maybe it is an unusual combination, but both these subjects are helpful in looking forwards as well as backwards. In engineer…
[No. 3] Görges diagram
The polygonal diagram of H. Görges (Das Görgessche Durchflutungspolygon) dates from 1907. Although it is highly developed in German literature, until recently it has been rare in …
[No. 2] ABC of engineering calculations today
Most engineering calculations take the path of analysis or simulation, shown in Fig. 1, A. Analysis has been established for a long time; but simulation is more recent, especially…
[No. 1] When is a fluxmeter not a fluxmeter?
A fluxmeter is an integrating voltmeter. It never measures flux directly. It measures flux-linkage, the integral of voltage with respect to time. It is true that flux can be estim…