Efficient Finite Element Method to Estimate Eddy Current Loss due to Random Interlaminar Contacts in Electrical Sheets
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|Journal||International Journal of Numerical Modelling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields|
|Early online date||24 May 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
Electrical sheets of electrical machines are laminated to reduce eddy current loss. However, a series of punching and pressing processes form random galvanic contacts at the edges of the sheets. These galvanic contacts are random in nature and cause an additional eddy current loss in the laminated cores. In this paper, a stochastic Galerkin finite element method is implemented to consider random interlaminar contacts in the magnetic vector potential formulation. The random interlaminar conductivities at the edges of the electrical sheets are approximated using a conductivity field and propagated through the finite element formulation. The spatial random variation of the conductivity causes the solution to be random, and hence, it is approximated by using a polynomial chaos expansion method. Finally, the additional eddy current losses due to the interlaminar contacts are estimated from a stochastic Galerkin method and compared with a Monte Carlo method. Accuracy and computation time of both models are discussed in the paper.