Software Motor Company and Ansys speed development of advanced motors

Software Motor Company (SMC) and Ansys are collaborating to accelerate the development of ultra-efficient switched reluctance motors (SRMs) that solve critical noise vibration and harshness (NVH) issues. 

Traditional AC induction motors drive most of today’s power-hungry machines, including EVs. SRMs are more efficient, reliable, and durable, but to drive industry adoption, they must overcome NVH challenges—requiring months of prototype testing and weeks of simulation. An enhanced workflow could greatly compress that development time, ensuring motors run silently and efficiently.

SMC and Ansys are building an automated, optimized, repeatable workflow for rapid design and analysis of SMC’s Q-series SRMs. Leveraging Ansys workflow technologies—including multiphysics simulation and Ansys Cloud—will enable global implementation and adoption of SMC’s advanced motors by companies across numerous industries.

“With the electrification revolution in full swing, this new state-of-the-art workflow will help us create a highly innovative next-generation SRM—the most sophisticated electric motor design in the world—and deploy it with minimal NVH effects,” said SMC President Mark Johnston.

“Together with SMC, we are rapidly developing SRMs, delivering unprecedented reduced noise levels and enabling wide commercial adoption of these highly efficient motors for the first time,” added Prith Banerjee, CTO of Ansys. “This automated, optimized, and cloud-based motor design and analysis platform significantly speeds SMC’s development of next-generation SRMs, which promises to disrupt a $100 billion-plus industry and alter how the world consumes energy.”

Source: Ansys