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International Journal of Rotating Machinery
Volume 6, Issue 6, Pages 433-444

Three-Dimensional Thermo Fluid Analysis of Large Scale Electric Motor

Mechanical Systems Laboratory, Research and Development Center, Toshiba Corporation, 1, Komukai-Toshiba-Cho, Saiwai-Ku, Kawasaki 210-8582, Japan

Received 13 April 1999; Revised 21 May 1999

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In the present work, the flow and temperature fields in large scale rotating electric motor are studied by solving the Navier–Stokes equations along with the temperature equation on the basis of finite difference method. All the equations are written in terms of relative velocity with respect to the rotating frame of reference. Generalized coordinate system is used so that sufficient grid resolution could be achieved in the body surface boundary layer region. Differential terms with respect to time are approximated by forward differences, diffusion terms are approximated by the implicit Euler form, convection terms in the Navier–Stokes equations are approximated by the third order upwind difference scheme. The results of calculation led to a good understanding of the flow behavior, namely, the rotating cavity flow in between the supporting bar of the motor, the flow stagnation and region of temperature rise due to flow stagnation, etc. Also the measured average temperature of the motor coil wall is predicted quite satisfactorily.