Thermal analysis for design of high performance motors

C. M. Liao*, Chung-Lung Chen, Tom Katcher

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Thermal analysis is very important to the design of low cost and long lifetime motors. This paper presents CFD results of air flow and heat transfer around a totally enclosed, fan cooled motor housing, which is the motor's final passage of heat rejection to ambient air. The detail geometries of finned housing, fan, shroud, inlet grill, rail supports and ground are modeled. The heat fluxes are prescribed at the inner surface of the housing. The effects of inlet grill geometry, fan rotating direction and thermal conductivity of housing material are examined. The inlet grill has a strong effect on fan inflow and motor temperature, whereas the rotating direction has less impact on overall temperature but results in some local variation. A good conductive ground reduces the housing temperature near the ground and an aluminum housing has a more uniform temperature distribution than cast iron. The computed temperature distributions and mass flow rate of air drawn through the motor are compared with experimental data, and they are in good agreement. The averaged convection heat transfer coefficient is obtained and can be used for future motor designs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages424-429
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 6th Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems, ITHERM - Seattle, WA, USA
Duration: 27 May 199830 May 1998

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 1998 6th Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems, ITHERM
CitySeattle, WA, USA
Period27/05/9830/05/98

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