C. Lamination Materials
A database is created to store sets of laminationmaterials with information such as classifications,material densities, B-H characteristics and Losscharacteristics. A guided updating process is also provided. The graphical representations as shown inFig.3 are provided for the users to make moreinformed decisions.Table 1 Classification of Insulation MaterialsClass Y A E B F H CTemp.(
C)90 105 120 130 155 180 >180Fig. 2. Main page of Machine Design Centre
D. Magnet Data
Nine sets of magnet data (discretised demagnetisationcurves) can be stored in this section, each set consistsof up to four discretised demagnetisation curves atdifferent temperatures. A wizard is also provided for the guided updating process for checking andinterpolation of data. Information bout cost, materialdensity, maximum operating temperature andmaximum energy product (
) of the magnet arealso stored.
E. The Input Sheet The Input Sheet
is the program driver
It specifies allthe input requirements for carrying out design. For many quantities this input sheet also provides defaultvalues to help the users. It is implemented on aworksheet in an excel workbook. The requirementsfor every type of machine are different, thus their Input Sheets will also be different. As an example, theInput sheet of BLDC design module is shown inFig.4.It can be seen fromFig. 4that the controls on the
sheet utilises the Excel built-in ActiveX control.Specifications such as power, power supply, speedand many other parameters can be laid down here. Asthe specifications are changed, another group of parameters, showing the merit of specifications, isupdated continuously.
UpdatingdataViewingof DataSatisfy withOutput?Print outEndStartInput(Specifying requirements)Design Calculations &OptimatisationOutputSynchronise withMD-DataArchive(Comparing of Outputs)Data & Guides
Fig. 3. Overview of machine Design ProcedureThis input sheet is also the control centre of thedesign module. Various functions can be activatedhere. The synchronising of data with the
is activated here. So does the reviewing of variousdesign data and help and guild lines prior to layingdown specifications.The presentation of data stored within each module isthe same as the Data Centre, except updating of datacannot be performed in local storage.
F. Design Calculations
One or more worksheets are allocated for
. Most calculations were performed withthe intrinsic excel function. VBA is usually employedif looping or complex decision-making is required.During the design calculations, the software illautomatically lookup databases and databank for thecorresponding value as the software tries to generatean optimum output. No user intervention is requiredin this process.
G. The Output Sheet
Detail information about magnetic design, windingdesign, dimensional aspects, calculated values of various important parameters are presented in the
worksheet. Screenshot of