Numerical Modeling of Direct-Oil-Cooled Electric Motor for Effective Thermal Management 2020-01-1387
Electric motor performance is primarily limited by the amount of heat that can be effectively dissipated. Recent developments in electric motor thermal management have been employing direct oil spray/splash based cooling for improved performance. Simulation of two phase (air and oil) flow and associated heat transfer for such applications has been computationally challenging, hence not fully explored in the literature. This paper describes a numerical study in which two phase flow and heat transfer within a direct-oil-cooled electric motor are analyzed using CFD software. A detailed temperature field of all the motor components under different operating conditions is generated using a conjugate heat transfer approach. Numerical results are compared with the temperature measurements at discrete locations in motor.