Experimental and CFD investigation of a lumped parameter thermal model of a single-sided, slotted axial flux generator

Chin Lim, Giovanni Airoldi, Jim Bumby, Robert Dominy, Grant Ingram, Khamid Mahkamov, Neil Brown, Abdeslam Mebarki, Martin Shanel

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A two dimensional lumped parameter model (LPM) which provides the steady state solution of temperatures within axisymmetric single-sided, slotted axial flux generators is presented in this paper. The two dimensional model refers to the heat modelling in the radial and axial directions. The heat flow in the circumferential direction is neglected. In this modelling method, the solid components and the internal air flow domain of the axial flux machine are split into a number of interacting control volumes. Subsequently, each of these control volumes is represented by thermal resistances and capacitances to form a two dimensional axisymmetric LPM thermal circuit. Both conductive and convective heat transfers are taken into consideration in the LPM thermal circuit by using annular conductive and convective thermal circuits respectively. In addition, the thermal circuit is formulated out of purely dimensional information and constant thermal coefficients. Thus, it can be easily adapted to a range of machine sizes. CFD thermal modelling and experimental testing are conducted to validate the temperatures predicted from the LPM thermal circuit. It is shown that the LPM thermal circuit is capable of predicting the surface temperature accurately and potentially replacing the CFD modelling in the axial flux machine rapid design proc
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1732-1741
JournalInternational Journal of Thermal Sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


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