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Ansys Maxwell
Low Frequency EM Field Simulation

Ansys Maxwell is an EM field solver for electric machines, transformers, wireless charging, permanent magnet latches, actuators and other electr mechanical devices. It solves static, frequency-domain and time-varying magnetic and electric fields. Maxwell also offers specialized design interfaces for electric machines and power converters.

Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Simulation for Electric Machines

With Maxwell, you can precisely characterize the nonlinear, transient motion of electromechanical components and their effects on the drive circuit and control system design. By leveraging Maxwell’s advanced electromagnetic field solvers and seamlessly linking them to the integrated circuit and systems simulation technology, you can understand the performance of electromechanical systems long before building a prototype in hardware.

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    Advanced Magnetic Modeling
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    Multiphysics Couplings
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    Bi-Directional CAD Integration
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    Electric Drive Modeling

Product Specs

Maxwell offers trusted simulation of low-frequency electromagnetic fields in industrial components. It includes 3-D/2-D magnetic transient, AC electromagnetic, magnetostatic, electrostatic, DC conduction and electric transient solvers to accurately solve for field parameters including force, torque, capacitance, inductance, resistance and impedance.

  • Reduced-Order Modeling
  • Slice-Only Solving
  • Co-sim Transient Performance
  • Automatic Adaptive Meshing
  • 2D and 3D EM Solvers
  • Component to System
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Slice-only Technology

Slice-only technology enables a cyclic repeatability simulation technique for electric motor applications. The analysis has been improved by efficiently solving just a slice of the motor, employing non-planar boundary conditions, using symmetric mesh and replicating results to the full model. To learn more about how “slice-only” technology helps simulate complex electric motors, read the blog: How to Model and Simulate Complex Electric Motors .

July 2022

What's New

The Ansys 2022 R2 update release includes new features, functions, and capabilities for Ansys Maxwell, including a magnetic latching coupling workflow, an induction machine ROM model, and Skew Modeling enhancements.

Ansys Motion Workflow
New Workflow with Ansys Motion

A new best-in-class Multiphysics magnetic latching coupling workflow from Ansys Maxwell and Ansys Motion.

Machine Skew
New Induction Machine ROM Model

The most accurate ROM model for induction machine leveraged into Twin Builder for more extensive drive system simulation.

Skew Modeling
Skew Modeling Enhancements

Skew modeling capability reaches a new paradigm, benefiting system engineers and electric motor designers with the new ROM technique that can extract an equivalent circuit of a 2D skew design and parallelize the existing multi-slice technology via MPI.

Maxwell Applications

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Power transformer simulation using Ansys Maxwell
Power Transformers

Ansys provides a comprehensive transformer solution inclusive of electromagnetics (frequency dependent, nonlinear), multiphysics (force density to Mechanical or loss densities to thermal analysis) and system-level model (frequency dependent ROM or nonlinear ROM) for circuit and system performance.

Simulation of magnetic actuator using Ansys Maxwell
Magnetic Actuators

This design methodology covers design and analysis of magnetic actuators and solenoids including forces, inductances, flux densities, closing time, eddy effects, thermal performance, as well as incorporation into a system-level simulation.

Maxwell Magnetic Sensor
Magnetic Sensors

Ansys Magnetic Sensor simulation tools offer a complete solution integrating electromagnetic, circuit, and system-level engineering simulation in a common desktop environment.

Induction heating simulation using Ansys Maxwell
Induction Heating

Induction Heating applications require a robust Multiphysics simulation framework to intelligently couple the electromagnetic and thermal behavior together.  Ansys tools provide best-in-class tools and workflows to enable this technology.

Circuit breaker and switch simulation using Ansys Maxwell
Circuit Breakers and Switches

Circuit breakers and switches involve electric fields and coupled electromagnetics with mechanical stress, thermal and fluid flow.  Ansys provides a complete solution covering all aspects of circuit breaker design.

Low-frequency biomedical electromagnetics simulation
Low Frequency Biomedical

For applications that require low frequency electromagnetics including wireless charging, bio-impedance, defibrillators, nerve stimulation, bio-sensing, MRI, and inclusion of human body models, Ansys provides solutions across all physics and many other biomedical applications.

Case Studies

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Indar Electric – More Power to You

Simulation helps Indar to design one of the world’s highest efficiency permanent magnet wind turbine generators.

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Hyundai Heavy Industries - Balance of Power

To balance performance and cost, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Bulgaria uses Ansys multiphysics solutions to design power transformers and associated equipment.


Increase machine efficiency and reduce time-to-market with Ansys Maxwell simulation

Customizable modeling capabilities, automatic adaptive meshing and advanced high-performance computing technology allow designers to solve complete high-performance electromechanical power systems. Automatically generate nonlinear equivalent circuits and frequency-dependent state-space models from field parameters that may be further used in system and circuit simulation to achieve the highest possible fidelity on SIL (software-in-the-loop) and HIL (hardware-in-the-loop) systems. Ansys simulation technology enables you to predict with confidence that your products will thrive in the real world.

Customers trust our electromagnetic analysis software to help ensure the integrity of their products and drive business success through innovation.

Maxwell Capabilities

Key Features

Maxwell is an industry-leading electromagnetic field simulation software for the design and analysis of electric motors, actuators, sensors, transformers and other electromagnetic and electromechanical devices.

  • Low-frequency EM simulation
  • Automatic, adaptive meshing
  • Multidomain system modeling
  • Expert design interfaces
  • Optimetrics
  • Granta Materials Data

A key benefit of Maxwell is its automatic adaptive meshing techniques, which require you to specify only the geometry, material properties and the desired output to obtain an accurate solution. Maxwell’s meshing process uses a highly robust volumetric meshing technique and includes a multithreading capability that reduces the amount of memory used and accelerates time to solution. This proven technology eliminates the complexity of building and refining a finite element mesh and makes advanced numerical analysis practical for all levels of your organization.

Maxwell's electromagnetic field solvers are linked through Ansys Workbench to easily set up and analyze complex coupled-physics behaviors such as deformed mesh feedback structures, stress and strain feedback on magnetic properties, EM fluids and acoustics.

Perform advanced simulation calculations such as core loss calculations, vector hysteresis, four-quadrant simulation for permanent magnets, magnetostriction and magnetoelastic analysis, Litz Wire Loss and manufacturing effects on loss computation.

Electric machines and power converters require significantly different design criteria and simulation, which is why Maxwell provides specialized interfaces for each.

In addition to providing classical motor performance calculations, RMxprt automatically generates geometry, motion and mechanical setup, material properties, core loss, winding and source setup for detailed finite element analysis in Maxwell.

A multi-domain power electronics simulator for electrical, magnetic, mechanical, fluid, and thermal systems that seamlessly integrates three fundamental component libraries: circuits, block diagrams, and state machines. Simplorer provides an integrated analysis thanks to its connection with EM (Maxwell, PExprt, RMxprt, Q3D , HFSS ) and thermal tools ( Ansys CFD , Ansys Icepak ).

Simplorer also includes the ability to characterize high fidelity power semiconductor models for thermal and EMI/EMC simulations . In addition, Simplorer’s model libraries include VHDL-AMS capability and existing controls systems and customer developed models.

Power Electronics Expert (PExprt) is a magnetic design and optimization tool for ferrite transformers and inductors including, multi-winding transformers, coupled inductors, and flyback components. PExprt's template-based interface for transformers and inductors can automatically create a design from voltage waveform or converter inputs. The auto-design process considers all combinations of core shapes, sizes, materials, gaps, wire types and gauges, and winding strategies to optimize the magnetic design.

It contains manufacturer libraries for common components. It also combines FEA-based solutions to include skin and proximity effects, and gap effects due to magnetic fringing. Additionally, it calculates winding losses, core Losses, R, L, C parameters and temperature rise, and couples to Simplorer using a frequency dependent netlist for the simulated component.

You can output transient electromagnetic forces from Ansys Maxwell into Ansys Motion , extending electromagnetic interaction to rigid body dynamics to enhance the overall noise-vibration solution.

A new Maxwell transient solver provides multiterminal conductor support on a single conduction path.


Featured Webinars

Webinar on Demand
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Wireless Charging Systems – Create Better Designs Through Simulation

Learn how to model and analyze inductive-based wireless charging systems using Ansys Maxwell for optimum design.

Webinar Series
Ansys Electric Machine Webinar
Electric Machine Webinar Series

This webinar series focuses on design and analysis of electric machines, and presents many of the technology capabilities offered by Ansys simulation tools including full-length presentations as well as short demonstrations.

On Demand Webinar
Maxwell Ansys Overview video
Ansys Maxwell: An In-Depth Overview

Join us for this webinar which delivers a detailed analysis of Ansys Maxwell’s key capabilities, such as automatic adaptive meshing, high-performance computing, multidomain system modeling, power electronic circuits, advanced material modeling and more.

Case Studies

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Indar Electric – More Power to You

Simulation helps Indar to design one of the world’s highest efficiency permanent magnet wind turbine generators.

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Hyundai Heavy Industries - Balance of Power

To balance performance and cost, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Bulgaria uses Ansys multiphyiscs solutions to design power transformers and associated equipment.

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