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New software tool to deliver accurate e-machine performance

Altair has announced the release of FluxMotor; a dedicated platform focusing on the pre-design of electric rotating machines. FluxMotor is part of Altair’s HyperWorks CAE Suite, which includes Flux the leading software for low frequency electromagnetic and thermal simulations. The software tool allows users to design and create machines from standard or customized parts, as well as to intuitively add windings and materials to run a selection of tests and compare machine capacity.

"FluxMotor is an easy-to-use and efficient dedicated predesign tool, targeting designers from all sectors related to the electric motors field," said Grégory Michaud, electromagnetic engineer at SoftBank Robotics, who was involved in the testing phase of the new software together with the development team.

Appealing to a broad range of users such as designers and manufacturers of electrical rotating motors, the software allows motor specialists to define machines and assess their technical-economic potential within minutes. FluxMotor's efficient working environment ensures a better visualization of machine performances, enabling fast and accurate computations which can easily be connected to Flux finite element software and other tools within the HyperWorks suite for more advance studies, including multiphysics optimization capabilities.

Altair states that there are multiple benefits to using its FluxMotor software, including the in-built dynamic libraries that offer standard or customized options ready to be used to compose motors. The software also allows for facilitated project management, allow a quick access to past studies and to manage the full range of products. Its computing methods wisely using the high power of finite element modeling, and its automatically driven workflow offers users an 'efficient user-oriented environment to different level of users'.

"We wanted to develop an easy to use software without compromising on accuracy. FluxMotor helps reduce computing time to a minimum while still maintaining accurate results," explained Fabrice Marion, program manager for FluxMotor at Altair.

7 June 2017


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