Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will continue its Seminar Series on Friday, October 22, from 12:45–1:45 p.m. via Zoom featuring guest speaker Dr. Ian Brown, Associate Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Title: High Performance Traction Electric Motor Technologies and Their Design

Dr. Brown will talk about the land transportation industries that are undergoing an electrification revolution. Hybrid and fully electric vehicle (EV) propulsion power-trains are rapidly increasing in popularity. Significant investments are being made by automobile and truck manufacturers and suppliers to reduce the cost and improve the performance of EV components. One of the most critical components of electric power-trains is the traction electric motor. Compared to traditional industrial three phase induction motors, the peak power density of traction electric motors is significantly higher. Beyond induction machines a number of other electric motor topologies are also widely used for EVs, including interior permanent magnet synchronous machines and wound field synchronous machines. One of the main concerns for EV electric traction motors is the supply of rare earth Neodymium Iron Boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets (PMs). A number of industrial and Dept. of Energy programs have focused on the reduction or elimination of NdFeB PMs. This seminar will give an overview of EV traction motor research in my research group. Topics covered will include traction wound field synchronous machines, high performance winding technologies, and new design techniques including magneto-structural topology optimization.

Please register at: https://iit-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kf-6opjMrGtH1lBtBl3_Qs93UmJhLw-OL