Electric Motor Thermal Management

Kevin Bennion

Research output: NRELPresentation


Thermal constraints place significant limitations on how electric motors ultimately perform. Without the ability to remove heat, the motor cannot operate without sacrificing performance, efficiency, and reliability. Finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics modeling approaches are being increasingly utilized in the design and analysis of electric motors. As the models become more sophisticated, it is important to have detailed and accurate knowledge of the motor material and material interface thermal properties for the expected temperature range of the motor. In this work, we provide an overview of research to improve measurement accuracy for low thermal conductivity materials representative of motor winding materials at temperatures up to 200 degrees C.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2019 Vehicle Technologies Office Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting, 10-13 June 2019, Arlington, Virginia

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5400-73548


  • automatic transmission fluid
  • cooling
  • electric machine
  • electric motor
  • end windings
  • heat transfer
  • laminations
  • slot windings


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