Electromagnetic Devices with Moving Parts—Simulation with FEM/BEM Coupling

Thomas Rüberg, Lars Kielhorn, Jürgen Zechner
2021 Mathematics  
The numerical analysis of electromagnetic devices by means of finite element methods (FEM) is often hindered by the need to incorporate the surrounding domain. The discretisation of the air may become complex and has to be truncated by artificial boundaries incurring a modelling error. Even more problematic are moving parts that require tedious re-meshing and mapping techniques. In this work, we tackle these problems by using the boundary element method (BEM) in conjunction with FEM. Whereas
more » ... solid parts of the electrical device are discretised by FEM, which can easily account for material non-linearities, the surrounding domain is represented by BEM, which requires only a surface discretisation. This approach completely avoids an air mesh and its re-meshing during the simulation with moving or deforming parts. Our approach is robust, shows optimal complexity, and provides an accurate calculation of electromagnetic forces that are required to study the mechanical behaviour of the device.
doi:10.3390/math9151804 fatcat:mi5dmnke65eq3ofdpeuvz4ejb4