Topology optimization (TO) is an effective method for producing practical design of electrical machines. TO is conventionally implemented based on the material density; however, this approach can yield a large number of grayscale areas and unfeasible shapes. On the other hand, when the level-set function is applied to the TO of the magnetic field problem, the potential for obtaining a feasible solution improves. This paper implemented a TO method that uses the regularized level-set function to solve the 3-D nonlinear magnetic field problem. Furthermore, a spatial symmetry condition (SSC), which can introduce the mirror and periodic symmetry of the level-set function from the viewpoint of the electromagnetism, is proposed. To achieve symmetry in the electromagnetic field distribution, the validity of the SSC is investigated and confirmed in a 3-D magnetic shielding problem.
- Level set function
- spatial symmetry condition
- topology optimization
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering