How are the design and function of these Hairpins related?
The design of individual Hairpins or an entire Hairpin winding impacts electromagnetic effects. With targeted adaptation and design, losses in electric machines can be reduced, and power density can be increased. I am researching how the design process can be automated, considering the potential of Additive Manufacturing. This involves using algorithm-based computational modelling that can generate the design of Hairpins or Hairpin windings automatically in just a few minutes.
Have you pitched your research findings to Elon Musk yet?
No, not yet. But Tesla, as well as all other automakers, are working on further optimizing and improving the copper winding of electric motors to make them more efficient. Elon can read about how the entire design process can be automated in my dissertation (hopefully soon). Let that sink in! By the way, Apple is also pursuing innovative approaches in this research field, such as the use of complex busbars instead of winding heads. We have already developed and implemented a design algorithm to automatically generate the design of such busbars.
At DAP it is all about cars for you, but in your free time, you like to ride motorcycles. What model do you ride, and what is your favourite route??
Currently, I ride a Yamaha R1, and my favourite route is the Automotodrom Grobnik in Rijeka, Croatia. However, I’ve also had some mishaps and ended up in the gravel trap at the Nürburgring, Hockenheimring, or in Belgium at Zolder and Mettet 😉!