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Master lecture series: Advanced actuator design

Knowledge and tools to design advanced actuators

This theoretical course provides knowledge and tools to design advanced electromagnetic actuators for various applications. The translation from system requirements into specific actuator requirements is presented by means of practical examples from the industry. Different mathematical electromagnetic modeling techniques for calculation of the important performance parameters of different actuator classes are covered. The student will utilize these models on a practical example throughout the course and finally apply his acquired skills on a specific problem on an exam assignment. The student not only learns on a physical level to calculate complex electromagnetic phenomena in actuators but also obtains practical knowledge from the industry covering topics like manufacturability, material properties and insulation aspects.


The objective of this course for graduate students of electrical engineering with a specialization in energy conversion systems is to obtain knowledge about various design peculiarities of advanced actuators. The student will learn methods on how to model hard and soft magnetic materials and to develop analytical models for calculation of the magnetic field distribution in several actuator topologies. The student will learn to derive and implement different modeling techniques, the magnetic equivalent circuit, Fourier analysis and charge and current models. Furthermore, the student will learn several methods for force calculation (Lorentz force, Maxwell stress tensor and virtual work method) and will be able to decide depending on the application, which method should be applied. 

Furthermore, the student will learn how to apply analytical models to calculate the temperature distribution in actuators based on the thermal equivalent circuit method. All these models together give the student a multi‐physical insight into the behavior and dependencies of the various geometric and material parameters on the performance. Furthermore, the student will apply these models in a multi‐physical design optimization in which the actuator topology can be optimized in a fast manner to scan various topologies. Additionally, the student will learn to take practical aspects like manufacturability, insulation (creepage and clearance) and selection of potting materials into account during the design.

This master lecture series is open to participants PAO Techniek en Management. Regular students of the TU will attend the lecture series too. The lectures will be taught in English.

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    The program will be taught in English.