AC/DC Module

AC/DC Module

Software for Computational Electromagnetics Modeling

Image made using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and is provided courtesy of COMSOL.

COIL MODELING: The model shows a 50-Hz AC coil wound around a ferromagnetic core. The complex coil winding geometry can be easily modeled using a multiturn coil feature. Visualization shows the magnetic flux density (arrow plot) and the magnetic flux density norm on the ferromagnetic core.

AC/DC Module

Modeling Capacitors, Inductors, Insulators, Coils, Motors, and Sensors

The AC/DC Module is used for simulating electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields in static and low-frequency applications. Typical applications include capacitors, inductors, insulators, coils, motors, actuators, and sensors, with dedicated tools for extracting parameters such as resistance, capacitance, inductance, impedance, force, and torque.

Materials and constitutive relations are defined in terms of permittivity, permeability, conductivity, and remanent fields. Material properties are allowed to be spatially varying, time-dependent, anisotropic, and have losses. Both electric and magnetic media can include nonlinearities, such as B-H curves, or even be described by implicitly given equations.

Boundary Conditions and Infinite Elements

The AC/DC Module grants you access to a set of essential boundary conditions such as electric and magnetic potential, electric and magnetic insulation, zero charge, and field and current values as well. In addition, a range of advanced boundary conditions are included, such as terminal conditions for connection with SPICE circuits, floating potentials, conditions for symmetry and periodicity, surface impedance, surface currents, distributed resistance, capacitance, impedance, and contact resistance. For modeling unbounded or large modeling domains, infinite elements are available for both electric and magnetic fields. When an infinite element layer is added to the outside of a finite-sized modeling domain, the field equations are automatically scaled. This makes it possible to represent an infinite domain with a finite-sized model and avoids artificial truncation effects from the model boundaries.  For electrostatics modeling, the boundary element method is available as an alternative method of modeling infinite regions.

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