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Heat Transfer Analysis of an Electric Motor Cooled by a Large Number of Oil Sprays Using Computational Fluid Dynamics

This paper reports on an analytical study of the heat transfer and fluid flow in an electric vehicle e-Motor cooled by twenty five sprays/jets of oil. A three-dimensional, steady state, multi-phase, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and conjugate heat transfer (CHT) model was created using a commercial CFD software. The transport equations of mass, momentum, energy and volume fraction were solved together with models for turbulence and wall treatment. An explicit formulation of the volume of fluid (VOF) technique was used to simulate the sprays, a time-implicit formulation was used for the flow-field and three dimensional conduction heat transfer with non-isotropic thermal conductivities was used to simulate the heat transfer in the windings.