26398 CFD simulations of combined oil and air cooling of an electric motor
Richtingen: Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering


Picanol is a developer of high-tech weaving looms located in Ieper. One of the components of such a system is an in-house designed switched reluctance motor to drive the main shaft (see figure 1). This motor is currently cooled by a jacket around the stator which combines oil cooling through channels in the jacket and air cooling by fins on the outside through which air is blown by a fan. Picanol would like to acquire more insight in the different heat flows in the motor jacket and the design choices for such a jacket. This can lead to better thermal management and more efficient operation of the electric machine.

Figure 1: Picanol’s switched reluctance motor


The goals of this thesis are:

This project aids in achieving sustainable development goal (SDG) 12: responsible consumption and production, by improving energy efficiency in the manufacturing industry.