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Simulation of Electromagnetic Fields with Ansys Maxwell

Simply attracting - magnets, coils, and their effect


Training eLearning Basic

From magnetostatics to magnetodynamics: Learn, how to easily model and simulate magnets, coils, etc. This training is offered as a 3-day course or alternatively as a self-paced eLearning course.

3 days


Software used
Ansys Maxwell

  • Learning workflows for tasks ranging from magnetostatics to magnetodynamics
  • Linear and non-linear modeling of ferromagnetic materials
  • Simulation of eddy currents and losses, forces and torques
  • Maxwell Fields Calculator — a tool for user-defined results


Whether the task is linear drives for automation technology, actuators and clutches for automotive applications, inductive charging for electric vehicles, guides and gates for sorting systems, or permanent magnet brakes and sensors for pitch regulation of the rotor blades of a wind turbine, the development of all of these actuators and measurement applications can only be reliably carried out with simulation. In this course, you will learn about the possibilities of simulating electromagnetic components with Ansys Maxwell.

Electromagnetic alternating effects (e.g. damping and eddy currents) or non-linearity (e.g. saturation) complicate the understanding of systems on an analytical basis. Using examples such as a magnet valve, you will learn all the necessary procedures for a quick and accurate solution of electromagnetic tasks, providing you with knowledge that can subsequently be applied to your own models.

This training is ideal for project and development engineers in electromagnetics, research staff, and students interested in efficiently acquiring relevant & practical knowledge of using Ansys Maxwell.

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Detailed agenda for this 3-day training

Day 1

01 “Necessary” theory and overview

  • Application areas for Ansys Maxwell
  • Motivation: Permanent magnet brake
  • The solver in Maxwell
  • Where can I get support when it goes wrong?

02 Modeling and meshing

  • Model construction directly in Maxwell
  • Geometry orientation and coordinate systems
  • Boolean operations
  • The rules of geometry modeling
  • The meshing process in Maxwell
  • Workshop: Static force effect with linear conditions

03 Magnetic materials in Maxwell

  • Modeling ferromagnetic materials: linear and non-linear
  • BH curves: How to insert them into the material manager
  • Permanent magnets (PM): Linear and non-linear, orientation
  • Demo Magnet Skew: Helical magnetization
  • Inclusion of temperature dependency
  • Workshop: Static force effect considering temperature dependency and non-linearities

04 Simulating static magnetic fields in Maxwell

  • Modeling electrical sources
  • Boundary conditions: Purpose and definition
  • Magnetic field energy as the basis for calculating force and torque
  • Displaying field variables: Scalar and vector plots in plane and 3D space
  • Workshop: Permanent Magnet Brake (static)

Day 2

05 Eddy Current Analysis

  • Applications: Inductors, transformers, contactless battery charging
  • Adaptive meshing for skin and proximity effects
  • Insulation Boundary (M3D)
  • “Desired eddy current” workshop: Contactless current transfer
  • “Parasitic eddy current workshop”: High losses

06 Transient electromagnetic analyses

  • Sine/cosine definitions for sources
  • Datasets for time-, distance-, or speed-dependent signals of any form
  • Linking the mesh link from static simulations
  • Solver settings
  • Workshop: Transient Switching Operations

07 Including Mechanical Movements

  • Forms of motion and their definition
  • Geometric setup: Moving parts – Object groups
  • Mesh rules for translation and rotation
  • Demo: Linear motor
  • Workshop: Linear and Rotating Movements (Constant Speed)

08 Evaluation tools

  • Solution information following a simulation
  • Convergence check: How good is the solution?’
  • Fields Calculator: For user-defined results
  • Animating parametric and time field patterns
  • 3D plots
  • Simulation Reports
  • Workshop: Hall Effect Sensors

Day 3

09 Solving technical problems

  • Mechanical transient effects
  • Application of the learned content
  • Derivation of additional result variables
  • Workshop: Design of an eddy current brake

10 Electric circuits and magnetic losses

  • Circuit editor connecting the windings
  • Circuit editor component library
  • Parametrization in the circuit editor
  • Computing iron losses (eddy current and transient solver)
  • Applying the Steinmetz model
  • Workshop: IPM Synchronous Motor

11 Maxwell couplings

  • Ansys-Maxwell coupling to AEDT Mechanical: thermal, mechanical
  • Demo: Link to IcePak
  • Workshop: Steady state induction heating
  • Summary and outlook for additional couplings

12 Consolidate knowledge and ensure transfer

Now you have a better understanding of your own tasks and know how to tackle them with Maxwell. We summarize the most important points again and give you the opportunity to reflect on important questions in order to consolidate your new knowledge.

Your Trainers

Dr.-Ing. Jörg Neumeyer
CAE Engineer, CADFEM Germany GmbH, Hanover
Joël Grognuz
Head of Engineering, CADFEM (Suisse) AG, Renens
Philipp Siehr
CAE Engineer, CADFEM Germany GmbH, Stuttgart
Dr. techn. Rene Fuger
Business Development, CADFEM (Austria) GmbH, Wien

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