Software Motor Company (SMC) and Ansys are collaborating to accelerate the development of ultra-efficient switched reluctance motors (SRMs) that solve critical noise vibration and harshness (NVH) issues. This will spur adoption of SMC’s advanced motors across many industries, slashing global energy demand via increased efficiency and helping reduce climate change.
Traditional alternating current induction motors drive most of today’s power-hungry machines, which consume over 45% of the world’s electricity. SRMs are much more energy efficient, reliable and durable, but to drive industry adoption, these advanced motors must overcome critical NVH challenges — requiring months of prototype testing and weeks of simulation. An enhanced workflow can greatly compress that development time, ensuring motors run silently, increasing energy efficiencies and decreasing carbon impact.
SMC and Ansys are building an automated, optimized and repeatable workflow for rapid design and analysis of SMC’s Q-series SRMs, engineered for commercial adoption with radically reduced NVH. Leveraging Ansys workflow technologies — including cutting-edge multiphysics simulation and Ansys Cloud — will enable global implementation and adoption of SMC’s advanced motors by companies across numerous industries. As seen in the HVAC industry, this will reduce traditional motors’ energy consumption by up to 64%, helping SMC’s customers save millions of dollars and enabling them to achieve a zero or net-zero carbon footprint.
“With the electrification revolution in full swing, this new state-of-the-art workflow will help us create a highly innovative next-generation SRM — the most sophisticated electric motor design in the world — and deploy it with minimal NVH effects,” said Mark Johnston, president and CEO of SMC. “SMC’s advanced motor adoption across commercial real estate, HVAC, industrial equipment, agriculture, vehicle traction, aerospace and many other industries will play a major role in reducing global energy consumption and improving the environment.”
“Together with SMC, we are rapidly developing SRMs, delivering unprecedented reduced noise levels and enabling wide commercial adoption of these highly efficient motors for the first time,” said Prith Banerjee, chief technology officer, Ansys. “This automated, optimized and cloud-based motor design and analysis platform significantly speeds SMC’s development of next-generation SRMs which promises to disrupt a $100 billion-plus industry and alter how the world consumes energy.”