Machine Design Considerations for the Future Energy Challenge

Jonathan W. Kimball, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Marco Amrhein

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Motors consume a significant fraction of electricity in the United States and in the world. As part of the International Future Energy Challenge, student teams are endeavoring to improve the efficiency of fractional-horsepower machines. The present work summarizes the motor design and construction process for a 500 W prototype induction machine targeting efficiency above 80%. Analytical and finite-element results are shown.