Electrical machines: multiphysics analysis and innovative magnetic materials


There has been significant research in recent years on the multiphysics analysis of electrical machines and the use of innovative magnetic materials. This research aims to improve the design, performance, and efficiency of electrical machines by better understanding the complex interactions between multiple physical phenomena, such as electromagnetics, heat transfer, and mechanical stress. The push towards the optimization of compactness, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of electrical machines for modern applications such as battery electric vehicles and wind-power generators requires multiphysics simulation tools that can accurately model the behavior of electrical machines under a wide range of operating conditions and complex environments. These tools can simulate the interaction between different physical domains, such as electromagnetic fields and thermal effects, to provide a more complete understanding of machine performance and better models for design and virtual development purposes. Another area of research is the development of innovative magnetic materials, such as soft magnetic composites (SMCs) and amorphous metals, towards efficiency improvements, non-rare-earth permanent magnets, for the high-sustainability e-motors of the future, and the application of additive manufacturing to new machines topologies. Overall, the use of multiphysics analysis and innovative magnetic materials has the potential to revolutionize the design and performance of electrical machines, leading to more efficient and sustainable energy and transportation systems.

ERC sectors 

  • PE7_2 Electrical engineering: power components and/or systems
  • PE7_3 Simulation engineering and modelling    


  • Rare-earth magnets
  • PM synchronous machines
  • High-speed machines
  • Finite-element analysis
  • Multiphysic simulation
  • Structural analysis
  • Thermal analysis
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Particle-based simulation
  • Direct oil cooling
  • Integrated thermal management
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Soft magnetic composites