Advanced Isogeometric Framework for the Analysis of Electric Drives

This research project is a part of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) Computational Electric Machine Laboratory. In this first German-Austrian Transregio CRC, research groups from TU Darmstadt, JKU Linz, and TU Graz want to achieve a paradigm shift in the design and development of electrical machines.

An accurate geometric representation is an absolute must for reliable computational simulations, especially for electrical drives where the air gap between the stator and rotor is crucial. The project will use the isogeometric paradigm combined with level-set functions to enable an advanced discretisation framework that addresses this challenge. Thereby, it provides fundamental routines for the novel space-time and optimisation methods developed in other projects of this CRC. Finally, the exchange and subsequent editing of the optimised shapes is enabled by generating analysis-suitable boundary representations compatible with current CAD standards.

Project summary

Main topics

  • Discretisation for simulation and optimisation
    • Accurate and CAD-compatible models
    • Flexible geometry handling including topological changes
  • Topology and geometry in simulation and design: Addressing generic obstacles of the integration of design and simulation

Challenges and approach

  • Flexibility: background splines trimmed by level-sets
  • Space-time: n-dimensional extended THB-splines
  • Accuracyt: boundary-fitted discretisation layer
  • CAD-exchange: watertight b-reps of final level-sets