As electric machines become smaller and faster, designers face the growing challenge of delivering machines that meet all the electrical, mechanical, and thermal design goals in a very limited timeframe.
For example, in the automotive industry, electrical machines commonly need to be:
- Compact, given the limited space available
- Lightweight and Efficient, with increased driving range and extended battery life
- Quiet, for maximum passenger comfort
With multiple types of analyses required, designers need to seamlessly move from one analysis to another efficiently. And a problem that presents itself downstream may require that upstream analyses be revisited. For instance, if the thermal analysis reveals an overheating issue, then perhaps the upstream electrical analyses needs to be adjusted and the process started again. Furthermore, once an acceptable design is completed, the design may not yet be optimal. It just means that the design is in the ballpark.