Fundamentals and Applications of Electric Motors for Automotive Industries C1870

Topics: Advanced Technologies

As the electrification of automobiles is on the rise, it is imperative that the capabilities and limits of the associated devices and systems be understood at a higher level than previously considered adequate. For example, the Tesla Model S has 62 electric motors while the Model X has 70! They propel the vehicle and provide comfort too. Their design must reflect the worst case operating scenarios, duty cycles, environment, country of use and its standards, etc. Robust design of every component of a system requires a clear understanding of the fundamentals as well as the working knowledge of all interface equipment including the latest in applicable material and cooling technologies. Since the multidisciplinary challenges in designing an electric motor must meet often-conflicting requirements such as cost, efficiency, size, weight, reliability, etc., it is important that an engineer with specialization in one discipline has working knowledge of other relevant disciplines along with the latest analysis techniques. The goal of this course is to introduce the fundamental physics-based principles that govern the operation of electric motors.

Learning Objectives

By attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the operating principles of an electric motor
  • Provide examples of conflicting requirements
  • Explain the role of team members and the need for a multidisciplinary approach to design, build, test and successfully produce an electric motor
  • Choose the right electric motor for a given application
  • Identify the different categories of DC and AC motors
  • Identify the major differences between the different type of electric motors such as DC brushless, induction, PM, reluctance motor, etc.
  • Define/identify the torque/power vs. speed requirements for a specific functionality
  • Identify key subsystems of an electric motor such as stator, rotor and the auxiliaries including their components

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers and managers who deal with linear or rotary motion either to convert electrical power to mechanical power or vice versa but have little or no background in how an electric motor works either independently or in a system. Gaining this familiarity and fundamental understanding could help avoid making wrong decisions that can adversely impact the company financials as well as reputation.


An engineering degree is desired; other individuals who are knowledgeable of college level physics would also find the information valuable.

You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

Manoj Shah

Manoj Shah Dr. Shah is currently a consultant and professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He previously worked for 34 years for GE, the last 17 at GE's Global Research Center specializing in electrical devices focusing on electric machines. Dr. Shah has 85 U.S. and many foreign patents with several pending. He has also authored/co-authored over 50 technical papers some of which have been prize papers. He has given many invited talks internationally and has been active in the Electric Machines area for IEEE in various capacities and is a past chair of the Schenectady section. A life fellow of the IEEE, he is the recipient of the following: the 2015 IEEE-IAS Gerald B Kliman Innovation Award, the 2012 GE-GRC Coolidge Fellowship Award, the 2012 IEEE Nikola Tesla, and the 1991 GE-Power's Most Outstanding Technical Contribution Award. Dr. Shah received a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, and M.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

Duration: 1 Day
CEUs: .7

Fees: $599.00

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