Neural-FEM approach for the analysis of hysteretic materials in unbounded domain

Salvatore Coco (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica, Elettronica e Informatica, University of Catania, Catania, Italy)
Antonino Laudani (Dipartimento di Elettronica Applicata, University of RomaTre, Roma, Italy)
Francesco Riganti Fulginei (Dipartimento di Elettronica Applicata, University of RomaTre, Roma, Italy)
Alessandro Salvini (Dipartimento di Elettronica Applicata, University of RomaTre, Roma, Italy)

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims the application of a novel synergy between a neural network (NN) and the finite element method (FEM) in the solution of electromagnetic problem involving hysteretic material in unbounded domain.

Design/methodology/approach

The hysteretic nature of the material is taken into account by an original NN able to perform the modelling of any kind of quasi-static loop (saturated and non-saturated, symmetric or asymmetric). An appositely developed iterative FEM procedure is presented for the solution of this kind of problems in unbounded domains.

Findings

By starting from a small set of measured loops, the NN manages the values of the magnetic field, H, and the flux density, B, as inputs while the differential permeability is the output. In particular, the proposed NN is capable to perform the modelling of saturated and non-saturated, symmetric or asymmetric hysteresis loops.

Practical implications

The development of an efficient method for the solution of a complicated electromagnetic problem in unbounded domain by using an iterative approach and NNs, which can be implemented also in existing FEM code.

Originality/value

The paper shows that the combination of FEM, iterative procedure and NNs allows us to produce effective solutions of electromagnetic problems in unbounded domains involving also nonlinear hysteretic magnetic materials with an acceptable computational cost.

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Citation

Coco, S., Laudani, A., Riganti Fulginei, F. and Salvini, A. (2013), "Neural-FEM approach for the analysis of hysteretic materials in unbounded domain", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 1964-1973. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-10-2012-0205

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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