Use of Thermally Conductive Electrically Insulative (TCEI) Materials in E-motor Slot Liner Applications
Slot liners are commonly used in electric motors to electrically insulate the motor windings from the laminated core. However, thermal conductivity of materials commonly used as slot liners is very low compared to other components in the motor thus creating a barrier for heat transfer. This thermal barrier affects overall motor performance and efficiency. Also, slot liners typically lack intimate contact with the laminated core resulting in air gaps which further increase thermal resistance in the system. Slot liners are traditionally made from high temperature films/papers that are cut and slid into slots of motors. The proposed work looks at developing an injection moldable slot liner to minimize air gaps. Additionally, use of TECI materials further lowers thermal resistance. A thermal finite element model has been developed to evaluate effects of slot liner thermal properties and air gaps on temperature distribution within the motor.