Fundamentals and Applications of Electric Motors for Automotive Industries
As the electrification of automobiles is on the rise, it is imperative that the capabilities and limits of the associated devices and systems be understood at a higher level than previously considered adequate. For example, the Tesla Model S has 62 electric motors while the Model X has 70! They propel the vehicle and provide comfort too. Their design must reflect the worst case operating scenarios, duty cycles, environment, country of use and its standards, etc. Robust design of every component of a system requires a clear understanding of the fundamentals as well as the working knowledge of all interface equipment including the latest in applicable material and cooling technologies. Since the multidisciplinary challenges in designing an electric motor must meet often-conflicting requirements such as cost, efficiency, size, weight, reliability, etc., it is important that an engineer with specialization in one discipline has working knowledge of other relevant disciplines along with the latest analysis techniques. The goal of this course is to introduce the fundamental physics-based principles that govern the operation of electric motors.