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Electromagnetic Design of In-Vehicle Reactor Using a Level-Set Based Topology Optimization Method

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Shintaro Yamasaki, Kikuo Fujita

Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan

Atsushi Kawamoto, Akira Saito, Masakatsu Kuroishi

Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc., Nagakute, Aichi, Japan

Paper No. DETC2014-34345, pp. V02AT03A001; 7 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2A: 40th Design Automation Conference
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4631-5
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


In this paper, we propose a level-set based topology optimization method for designing a reactor, which is used as a part of the DC-DC converter in electric and hybrid vehicles. Since it realizes a high-power driving motor and its performance relies on its component, i.e., reactor core, it is valuable to establish a reasonable design method for the reactor core. Boundary tracking type level-set topology optimization is suitable for this purpose, because the shape and topology of the target structure is clearly represented by the zero boundary of the level-set function, and the state variables are accurately computed using the zero boundary tracking mesh. We formulate the design problem on the basis of electromagnetics, and derive the design sensitivities. The derived sensitivities are linked with boundary tracking type level-set topology optimization, and as a result, a useful structural optimization method for the reactor core design problem is developed.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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