Recent developments in powder-based soft magnetic composites (SMC) have shown that inductor components significantly smaller in size and with substantial reduction in energy losses can be obtained for power electronics compared to state of the art solutions. The unique features of SMC materials also means design freedom, virtually zero waste, cost efficient shaping, absence of flux leakage, etc. The work in this project aims at facilitating future new improved solutions for inductor and transformers applications, as for example domestic, automotive industry (hybrid cars) and offshore wind energy applications that can become reality very soon.
The project summarizes recent innovations by taking laboratory scale test results of base materials and modeling of inductor design to industrial test-production of prototypes. The core project activities include i) the advanced materials evaluation and manufacturing development support, ii) the development of computational framework for electromagnetic simulations, feasibility assessment of SMC cores and thermal performance design and iii) system-oriented evaluation of SMC product capabilities.