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Electromagnetic and Electromechanical Component Design


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Learning Objective:

To provide an understanding of and the ability to model magnetic materials; the ability to analyze electromagnetic and electromechanical devices from a geometrical perspective; the ability to formulate and solve electromagnetic and electromechanical component design problems as optimization problems.


This course focuses on the design of electromagnetic and electromechanical components with power applications. The course includes design optimization methods, modeling techniques for design (as opposed to for simulation or analysis), and the formulation of design problems as optimization problems.

Topics Covered:

Applied Magnetics Including (1) Magnetic Material Characterization, (2) High Fidelity Magnetic Equivalent Circuits, (3) Skin Effect, (4) Proximity Effect; Power Inductor Design and Characterization; Electromagnet Design and Characterization; Permanenent Magnet Synchronous Machine Design and Characterization, Thermal Analysis Using Thermal Equivalent Circuits.


Understanding of theory of operation of permanent magnet synchronous machines, a basic knowledge of electromagnetic fields. The student is expected to have a some background in single- and multi-objective optimization. This can be obtained by taking the one-credit hour course ???Time Domain Simulation and Optimization for Design??? which runs asynchronously every semester (including the summer). The needed material will also be made available to the students for self-study on a non-credit basis.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50

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Homework/projects will be assigned approximately every other week. A fair amount of coding in Matlab will be required. Homework will be accepted via internet at


Some homework problems will have a project-like flavor. The homeworks could be viewed as mini-projects.


There will be one midterm exam and one non-cumulative final exam.


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
REQUIRED: S.D. Sudhoff, Power Magnetic Devices: A Multi-Objective Design Approach, 1st Edition, IEEE Press/Wiley, 2014, ISBN 978-1-118-48999-4.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd minimum requirements. The homeworks (or mini-project) will require the student be be comfortable using Matlab. Student will write scripts and functions. Purchase of the student version of Matlab is required as the Citrix interface will probably be to awkward for this class.

Other Requirements:

Students will need to purchase the student edition of Matlab. No toolboxes (other than those provided) will be required.

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