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Graduation assignment: Axial-Flux Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor for Electric Powertrain
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Motor Design: Axial Flux Permanent Magnet Synchronos Motor for Electric Powertrain


Saietta develops an unique electric in-wheel powertrain technology that offers the essence of pure direct drive power for heavy and light duty automotive applications such as city buses, urban distribution vehicles, airport modalities and SUV’s. These vehicles are propelled by TheWheel®, a direct-drive in-wheel motor system that integrates a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) with power electronics and fluid cooling into a wheel. Saietta is constantly on the lookout for opportunities to make this product more robust, more efficient, and more powerful.

Assignment description

Nowadays radial-flux electric motors are the most commonly used motors for electric vehicles for their high torque densities. Nevertheless, axial-flux electric motors offer an alternative structure that may be beneficial for certain electric power trains in which the axial length of the motor is strictly constrained, while a relatively large diameter is allowed. Therefore, this project is aimed at a preliminary design of an axial-flux permanent magnet electric synchronous motors (AFPMSM) for a specific electric powertrain, followed by a discussion on the feasibility and trade-offs of using AFPMSMs in such applications in comparison to radial-flux PMSMs.

The assignment consists of

Report including:

  • Literature review in comparison between AFPMSM and RFPMSM
  • Design and optimization of an AFPMSM for a specific electric powertrain
  • Discussion on the feasibility and trade-offs of the implementation of AFPMSM

Simulation models.


  • Master level engineering, preferred Electrical Machines and/or Electronics.
  • Prerequisites: Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines (PMSM), Finite element analysis (FEA) modeling (2D/3D).
  • Duration

Option 1: three-month internship
Option 2: nine- to twelve-month graduation project

For more information regarding this assignment, contact Yang Tang, T. +31 (0)55 521 11 11 / ytang@saietta.com

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