Monday, September 28, 2015

Designing inductive components - webinar preview

Inductors are one of the three most basic circuit elements, so it's no surprise that inductive components are critical to a huge variety of different devices. When designing such ubiquitous components, performance alone is not enough: cost and efficiency are also hugely important requirements. Designing a successful product means balancing these three competing ideas. Frank Weiand is senior application engineer at CST specializing in low-frequency applications. On October 1st 2015, he'll be presenting a webinar on the simulation and optimization of inductive components and devices, including wireless chargers, sensors and current limiters.

We caught up with Frank to ask him what the latest developments for simulating inductive components, and what he thought was the most exciting part of his webinar:

We'll be demonstrating quite a few different applications in this webinar.

With the current release of CST STUDIO SUITE (2015), users can now generate state space models of inductive components, including nonlinear material behavior and core loss computation. With this approach, we can compute the real device’s behavior on circuit level. This is useful in a lot of applications, from inrush current simulations in transformers to optimizing fault current limiters. In the webinar, I'll show an example of a current limiter where the nonlinear material behavior leads to saturation as well as the simulation of inrush currents in transformers.

One hot topic at the moment is wireless power transfer - we'll also discuss that and show how to compute maximum achievable transfer efficiency  for different positions of the coils.

With the innovations in CST STUDIO SUITE 2015, we hope that our users can speed up the development process significantly. In particular, power efficiency is a very important topic which can be improved by using our state-of-the-art simulation, and I'll also be demonstrating some features in this area.

Join us to explore the possibilities for the design of inductive components and to stay up to date with the latest developments in low-frequency EM simulation.