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Electromagnetic and Electromechanical Component Design


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

  • Model magnetic materials.
  • Analyze electromagnetic and electromechanical devices from a geometrical perspective.
  • 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:

  • Magnetic and magnetic equivalent circuits
  • DC inductor design
  • Force and torque calculation using MECs
  • Electromagnet design
  • Magnetic core loss and material characterization
  • Distributed windings and rotating electric machinery
  • Introduction to PMAC machine design
  • Thermal equivalent circuits
  • AC conductor losses
  • Additional tentative topics: parasitic capacitance; transformer design; buck converter design; three-phase inductor design; common-mode inductor design


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.

Co-requisites: Either ECE 51012 or ECE 61000.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50


Homework and small projects will be assigned approximately every other week. A fair amount of coding in MATLAB will be required.


Three exams (subject to change)


Required: Power Magnetic Devices: A Multi-Objective Design Approach, 2nd Edition, S. D. Sudhoff, IEEE Press/Wiley, 2021, ISBN No. 978-1-119-67460-3

Computer Requirements:

ProEd minimum requirements.

ProEd Minimum Requirements: