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Publication date: 31 January 2020

Andrey Morev and Alexander Aliferov

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of the rotating magnetic field of permanent magnets on the aluminium melt bath.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of the rotating magnetic field of permanent magnets on the aluminium melt bath.

Design/methodology/approach

This model was developed in the ANSYS software package and is based on the application of the finite element method and finite volume.

Findings

The distribution of the velocity of the melt in a cylindrical vertical bath and the dependence of the maximum value of the melt displacement on the angular rotation velocity of the system of permanent magnets is obtained.

Originality/value

This work focusses on the interaction of the magnetic field of the moving magnets with the molten metal.

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COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering , vol. 39 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0332-1649

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Publication date: 4 February 2020

Alexander Aliferov, Paolo Di Barba, Fabrizio Dughiero, Michele Forzan, Sergio Lupi, Maria Evelina Mognaschi and Elisabetta Sieni

An inductor for the uniform heating of the extremity of a ferromagnetic steel tube for stress relieving is considered. The main goal of the study is to investigate the…

Abstract

Purpose

An inductor for the uniform heating of the extremity of a ferromagnetic steel tube for stress relieving is considered. The main goal of the study is to investigate the possibility to achieve a reasonable design of the inductor when dealing with many design variables.

Design/methodology/approach

Genetic optimization algorithms are used for this purpose, demonstrating the applicability of these techniques to the design of induction heating inductors. Genetic algorithms provide to the designer several optimal solutions belonging to Pareto Front, and this way they allow choosing the solution that better fits the technological requirements. In any case, the designer has to adapt the chosen solution to fit in with the real possibilities in industrial application.

Findings

The study demonstrates that automatic optimization methods may help the designer of the induction heating system to solve complex problems with very conflicting technological requirements.

Originality/value

In the paper, a problem with a high number of design variables is solved. Moreover, the goals of the optimization process are strongly conflicting, and the proposed problem is a challenging one.

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COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering , vol. 39 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0332-1649

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Publication date: 29 November 2019

Martin Schulze, Alexander Nikanorov and Bernard Nacke

The transverse flux heating (TFH) concept offers very high electrical efficiency in combination with unique technological flexibility. Numerous advantages make this method…

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Purpose

The transverse flux heating (TFH) concept offers very high electrical efficiency in combination with unique technological flexibility. Numerous advantages make this method beyond competition to be applied in e.g. processing lines. However, all potential advantages of TFH can be realized in practice only by optimal design of the inductor shape using numerical modelling and optimization techniques. This paper aims to describe a hierarchical approach to the optimal design of a one-sided induction coil, which will be used for one-sided TFH of continuous moving thin metal strip to achieve a homogeneous temperature distribution along the strip width.

Design/methodology/approach

Depending on the design step, 2D or 3D FEM simulations using ANSYS® Mechanical including the electromagnetics package are used. The harmonic electromagnetic solution is coupled to a transient thermal model which takes the strip movement into account. All models use the symmetries of the inductor workpiece arrangement to keep the calculation times as low as possible.

Findings

Due to the geometry of a TFH coil, the models can image a quarter or half of the arrangement. Preliminary investigations of different inductor head shapes can be carried out quickly and then further improved on more complex models in combination with the use of optimization algorithms.

Practical implications

Using hierarchical structure for designing a one-sided TFH coil, offers an efficient and quick way to create a coil which is adapted to the application.

Originality/value

The one-sided inductor design is considered, and the results are generally valid.

Details

COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering , vol. 39 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0332-1649

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