Feasibility study for a flexible, modular pilot line to accelerate innovative soft magnetic material development for electric machines.
This feasibility project seeks to study the development of improved soft high silicon (6.5%) magnetic materials and processing for use in motor laminations. In particular we will evaluate the practicality, specification and estimated cost of a flexible, modular pilot line to accelerate innovative soft magnetic material development and its laser treatment. The pilot line would comprise modules for late-stage composition customisation, mirror-finish surface, heat treatment, pre-treatment, coating. and laser material processing. This study will review the insight and commercial risks associated with implementing such a line in a high throughput manufacturing environment. This study will provide a strong case for such a line to be established at the University.
Figure 1. Laser surface cleaning – reduced contamination and surface defects, no hazardous cleaning solutions. Applicable to hot rolled and cold reduced electrical steels