1. Copper Loss Analysis of a Rotating Machine
There is an electromagnetic field analysis using the finite element method (FEM) as an effective analysis method for copper loss accounted for eddy currents in the winding of a rotating machine. Although calculation accuracy can be achieved with this method, there are disadvantages such as requiring wires to be modeled one at a time, which increases the number of elements and increases calculation time by an enormous amount.
The zooming method (1) serves as a method to reduce these types of generic calculation cost issues. This method first solves a coarse mesh for the entire area (whole analysis), inherits those results, models in detail only a single section to obtain detail in, and then performs a partial analysis. This allows the number of elements of each complete/partial analysis to be reduced, improves convergence, and shortens calculation times.
As preceding examples, reference (2) proposes a magnetic flux density distribution and references (3) and (4) propose vector potential on a boundary to be inherited from a whole analysis to a partial analysis, and successful results were obtained for each proposal.
However, the calculation time and accuracy of the analysis using the zooming method for rotating machines have not been sufficiently evaluated. In this paper, this method is applied to a copper loss characteristics analysis of wires in a 2D rotating machine as well as a loss analysis of litz wires in a 3D rotating machine, and then an evaluation is performed for improving calculation accuracy and calculation speed. Unless otherwise indicated, this paper will hereafter refer to the method of inheriting vector potential on the boundary as the “zooming method”.