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Flux software

General presentation

Flux description (pag.2)


Applications (pag.10)
Modules presentation (pag.28)

Guiding your Technical Innovation

Flux: a FEM package for


electromagnetic and magnetothermal
analysis

For:

Static analysis
AC steady state analysis
Transient analysis

To solve:
Magnetic
Electric
Thermal

Coupled applications:
Thermal/Magnetic or
Electric
FEM and Circuit/System
Rotating and linear motion
Multiphysics
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Why using modelling ?


Analysis:
Flux makes visible what once was hidden to all but a few
experts

Design: To reduce time to market


Virtual prototyping allows to reduce the size and the number of
costly mock-ups

Optimization:
Improves the efficiency of your devices

Teaching:
Things are more easy to understand when you can see them
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An easy system definition


Focus on your exploration, not on the tool !

Flux
Pre-process

CAD
Import

 Analyse


Mesh
Generation

Post-process

Physical
properties

Solving
process

Results postprocessing

Geometric
construction

CAD
Export

Optimise your design


An easy 5 steps process
To provide the best simulation results in the shortest
amount of computation time, Flux is available in 2D
and 3D
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Flux Parametrics
An easy control for each parameter
Geometry
construction
CAD Tools
Dedicated interface for easy
models design
Dedicated healing mode by
geometry

Mesh
generation
Mesh Density
Mesh Distribution
Mesh control tools

Physical properties
description
Magnetic, electric, dielectric,
thermal properties
- ,, , , J
Linear, non linear, spatial and
time dependant properties
Non meshed coil

Electrical Circuit
description
Electrical Circuit Component
Values

Excitation/ Source values

Motor overlays will offer you


infinite configurations

Allows to control
all geometry and mesh constructs
applicable physical properties and excitation source values
each parameter can be entered as mathematical expressions into the
text fields

 Use of expressions dramatically simplifies geometry creation,


modifications and re-use.
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An impressive post-processor
Show your computation results and convince !
Color-shaded maps or isovalue
lines within the problem region to
look at quantities like flux density
or heat distribution
Variation curves versus parameters
(time,position,geometric,
physical...)
Make spatial spectrum
computations
Analyze global quantities like
inductance, energy, force and
torques
Sensor defined before solving in
order to save time during postprocessing
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Software interoperability
An open software ready to communicate
Software integration is a key strategy for Flux : data exchange between Flux
and your existing software is now simpler than ever before!

Mechatronic Systems Simulator

CAD geometries import


Inventor SAT / ACIS
CATIA V4, V5
Inventor(Autodesk)
Pro / ENGINEER
IGES, IGES Advanced
STEP, STEP Advanced
Mesh import
NASTRAN
PATRAN
UNV Ideas

Data
Import

Flux


Pre--process
Pre


Mesh
Generation


Physical
properties

Analyse  Post
Post--process


Solving
process


Results postprocessing

Geometric
construction

Templates for motors


SPEED &
Motor-CAD imports

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Driving Flux
Python
With API
 C/C++ language
 Excel
 Fluent
 VB Script

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Data
Export

CAD export
SAT
CATIA V4, V5
IGES
STEP
MED
Result export
Excel
Text
XML

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Flux / SPEED link


The tools dedicated to motor specialist
Import of SPEED geometry to Flux with automatic meshing
For every speed motor
Brushless permanent magnet
Induction motor
Switch reluctance

SPEED easy template, for fast initial


analitical approach
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Flux finite element accurate approach


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Flux to Portunus technology


Co-simulation between Flux (transient magnetic application)
and Portunus system simulation software in 2D & 3D
Take into account control loops, motion, electric circuit
coupling, saturation,
Examples
PWM supply
SR machine drive
Electromagnetic
force control

Also possible
with Matlab /
Simulink

Portunus
Control
& Drive

Electromagnetic device

Load

Flux
Electromagnetic
& thermal FEA analysis

System simulation
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Flux description

Rotating machines
Linear Actuators
Electric field

Applications

Transformers & Inductances


Heat Treatment
Sensors

Modules
presentation

Non Destructive Testing


And many other applications

Clic in the menu for


direct access
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Application: Rotating machines


Simulate any type of machine:
Brushless Permanent Magnet
DC
Induction
Synchronous
Switched Reluctance
Brush motors
.

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Application: Rotating machines


DC, AC or transient simulations to compute:
Flux and current density distribution,
Torque/force versus position, slip, current,
Back EMF,
Iron Losses,
Time dependant behavior: startup, short-circuit,
End winding effects,

Multi-parametric simulations for fast design and optimization


Versus position, current, material characteristics, slip (induction
machine), time, frequency,.

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Application: Rotating machines


Coupling with circuit equations:
Pulse With Modulation supply
Supply & loads star- or delta-connected
Squirrel cage and brush segment components

Flux/Simulink cosimulation, takes into account:


Control loops,
motion,
electric circuit coupling,
saturation,

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Application: Rotating machines


Machine motion
Constant speed
Variable speed by solving mechanical equations

Results:
Speed
Acceleration
Electromagnetic Force
Friction forces
.

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Application: Rotating machines


Dedicated tools:
Flux Overlays:
Motor templates
to define models quickly

Flux/SPEED LINK:
Import SPEED geometries
in Flux with automatic meshing
for any speed motor

Application
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Application: Linear Actuators


Simulate any type of linear
actuator:
Circuit breaker,
Protection relay,
Electromagnet,
Voice coil,
Electromagnetic launcher,
Printer needle,

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Application: Linear Actuators


Motion:
Linear motion or pivoting motion
Constant or variable speed
Accounting for mass, friction, drag force,
spring stiffness
Constant mesh in mobile parts
Automatic remeshing in compression zones

Compute:
Speed
Position
Acceleration
Forces
Electromagnetic quantities
at any position and time

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Application: Linear Actuators


Multiparametric studies
Versus position, current, material characteristics,
Shape optimisation
.

Actuator drive:
Transient behavior
Circuit coupling and Simulink cosimulation

Application
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Application: Electric field


Applications:
High voltage Insulators
Switchgears
Cubicles
Connections
Protections

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Application: Electric field


Electrostatic and dielectric
calculations:
E field and potential mapping
Dielectric losses

Simulation allows to:


Limit electrical discharge
Optimize the device
Distance between conductors
Shape
Insulating materials

Electric Field

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Application: Transformers & Inductances


1-phase or 3-phase power
transformers
Current transformers
Reactors

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Application: Transformers & Inductances


Simulate:
Open circuit & short circuit tests
Balanced or unbalanced load conditions

Modeling gives:
Magnetizing and leakage reactances
Joule & Eddy current losses in windings
Iron losses
Stray losses
Laplace forces

Application
menu

Laplace forces density


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Eddy currents in ABB


transformer tanks

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Application: Heat Treatment


Simulate heat treatment processes:
Induction heating devices
Induction brazing or forging
Hardening
Conduction heating
Dielectric heating

Crankshaft
Dielectric heating of a windshield gasket

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Application: Heat Treatment


Thermal and coupled thermal simulations:
Steady-state thermal
Transient thermal
Magneto-thermal
Electro-thermal
Dielectro-thermal

Induction Heating
of CV Joint
Heating phase
followed by
cooling phasis

All properties may depend on temperature:


Linear laws
Non linear laws
Curie point

Benefits:
Analysis of:
Temperature distribution
Thermal losses

Process design and optimization


Inductor optimization:
Current waveform
Shape

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Helicoidal Gear
Renault
Heat Treatment
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Application: Sensors
Simulate magnetic sensors:
Proximity sensor
Speed Sensor
Position Sensor
Eddy Current sensor
.

Proximity sensor

EC sensor
Application
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Application: Non Destructive Testing


Eddy Current NDT
nde

(in association with CIVA

software)

Magnetic Techniques (MPI, MFL, )


Structural Health Monitoring

0.0

-0.2

-0.4

-0.6

-0.8

-1.0

Benefits:
Defect signatures analysis
Inspection method design
Process optimization & qualification
Probe or Inductor design

-1.2

-1.4

-1.6

-1.8
-1

PELTON WHEEL buckets NDT - MPI

Application
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SHM: Courtesy of EADS Innovation Works

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And many other applications


Radiated magnetic field / EMI
Magnetic recording
Magnetic signature
Power cables analysis
Magnetic bearings
Shielding
Household appliances
Electromagnetic brakes
Superconductors

Magnetic bearings

Navy ship magnetic signature

Recording head

Application
menu

Temperature distribution on 3phase power cable

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Flux presentation

Flux description

Magnetic
Coupling with circuit
equation
Kinematic coupling
Compressible contact
Electric conduction
Electrostatic
Dielectric
Thermal
Superconductor

Applications
Modules
presentation

Clic in the menu for


direct access
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Magnetostatic 2D and 3D
Sources
DC current
Magnet (linear or non linear)

Material
Non linear magnetic material

Examples
Multi-parametric computations versus position, current, material
characteristics,
Shape optimisation
Torque/force
versus position

Modules
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AC Steady state magnetic 2D and 3D


Sources
AC current or voltages
No magnet

Material
Non linear magnetic material
Resistivity

Examples
Multi-parametric computations versus position, current, material
characteristics, slip (induction machine), frequency
Torque versus slip

Modules
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Transient magnetic 2D and 3D


Source
Any shape for current or voltage
Magnet

Material
Non linear magnetic material
Resistivity

Examples
Multi-parametric computations versus position, current, material
characteristics, time
Time dependant behavior, startup, short-circuit,

Modules
menu

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Coupling with circuit equation 2D and 3D


For transient and AC magnetic application
Examples
Pulse With Modulation supply
Supply/load star or delta connected
Squirrel cage and brush segment components

Modules
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Kinematic coupling for rotating motion


(2D and 3D)
Transient magnetic with a piece in rotation
Solving of mechanical equation

J && = Cm f & Cr
Examples
Any kind of motor :




Brushless DC
Induction motor
Synchronous
Switch reluctance

Modules
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Kinematic coupling for linear motion


(2D and 3D)
Transient magnetic with a piece
in rotation
Solving of mechanical equation

J && = e f

Acceleration
Electromagnetic Force
Friction force

&&

Examples

Actuator
Electromagnet
Electromagnetic launcher

Modules
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Compressible contact (2D and 3D)


Motion taken into account with automatic remeshing of
compressible area
Examples
Electromagnet
Rotation of non cylindrical
piece : contactor

Modules
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Electric conduction (2D and 3D)


Source
Potential on boundary
Current through faces

Material
Permittivity
Resistivity

Examples:
Multi-parametric computation
Versus position, material
Characteristic,

Modules
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Electrostatic 2D and 3D
Source
DC potential
Charge (whole value or density)

Material
Permittivity

Examples
Multi-parametric analysis versus
Position, potential, material characteristics
Shape optimisation
Potential and electric filed map

Modules
menu

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Dielectric 2D and 3D
Sources
AC potentials

Material
Permittivity
Resistivity

Examples
Multi-parametric analysis versus
Potential, position, materials
Characteristics,
Shape optimisation
Insulator
Dielectric losses
Modules
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Thermal steady state 2D and 3D


Source
Power density
Imposed temperature
Ambient temperature

Rsultats dgrads
Grandeur : Temperature degre C.
Intervalle / Couleur
15 / 16,33417
16,33417 / 17,66833
17,66833 / 19,00249
19,00249 / 20,33666
20,33666 / 21,67082
21,67082 / 23,00499
23,00499 / 24,33916
24,33916 / 25,67332
25,67332 / 27,00749
27,00749 / 28,34165
28,34165 / 29,67582
29,67582 / 31,00998
31,00998 / 32,34415
32,34415 / 33,67831
33,67831 / 35,01248
35,01248 / 36,34664

Material
Heat conductivity

Examples
Multi-parametric computation:
Position, power density,
temperature, materials...
cables

Modules
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Transient thermal 2D and 3D


Sources
Imposed temperature
Power density versus time
Ambient temperature

Materials
Heat conductivity
Heat capacity

Examples
Multi-parametric computation:
Position, source, materials,
Varying temperature versus time
Cables
Heat treatment
Modules
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Magneto-thermal 2D and 3D
Coupling AC magnetic steady state to transient thermal
All properties may depend on temperature
Examples
Heat treatment of materials
Inductor optimisation
Shape
Current waveform

Modules
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Electro-thermal 2D
Coupling electric conduction to transient thermal
All properties may depend on temperature
Examples
Multi-parametric computation:
Position, source, material,
Conduction in the conductors
Temperature distribution

Modules
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Dielectro-thermal 2D
Coupling dielectric conduction to transient thermal
All properties may depend on temperature
Examples
Multi-parametric computation:
Position, source, material,
Current density in the conducting materials
Temperature distribution

Modules
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Superconductor 2D and 3D
Superconductor material model
To use in transient magnetic application
Examples
Multi-parametric computation:
Position, source, material,
Take into account superconductive property

Modules
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