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Chapter 8

Numerical Analysis and Optimisation of Multiphysics Problems Involving Electromagnetic Couplings

F. Bay1, D. Cardinaux2 and R. Naar1

1Center for Material Forming (CEMEF), Mines ParisTech – UMR CNRS 7635, Sophia-Antipolis, France
2Transvalor, Mougins, France

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F. Bay, D. Cardinaux, R. Naar, "Numerical Analysis and Optimisation of Multiphysics Problems Involving Electromagnetic Couplings", in B.H.V. Topping, J.M. Adam, F.J. Pallarés, R. Bru and M.L. Romero, (Editors), "Developments and Applications in Engineering Computational Technology", Saxe-Coburg Publications, Stirlingshire, UK, Chapter 8, pp 183-199, 2010. doi:10.4203/csets.26.8
Keywords: electromagnetism, multiphysics couplings, numerical analysis, finite elements, optimisation, heat transfer, solid mechanics.

An increasing number of problems in mechanics and physics involve multiphysics coupled problems. Among these problems, we can often find electromagnetic coupled problems. The computation of coupled multiphysics problems involving electromagnetic fields can be quite consuming in terms of computational time and resources. Moreover, the design stages which may involve both direct modelling and optimisation techniques that are even more demanding in terms of computer power requirements.

Reducing the resources required for solving the electromagnetic problem is one way to enable solving of these problems within reasonable time and memory requirements. It is therefore important to select the most appropriate numerical methods and parameters in order to save computational time and memory requirements for solving the electromagnetic problem.

In the case of induction heating processes, which involve multiphysics couplings with electromagnetism [1,2], many couplings can be modelled but only first order ones should be considered in order to help determine efficient and adapted numerical strategies for solving these problems.

Electromagnetic formulations [3] as well as specific finite elements [4] will be introduced.

If we are considering the case of a paramagnetic material with temperature–independent electric properties, electromagnetic computations need only be carried out once at the beginning of the computations. However, in other cases, it will be more accurate to have a strong coupling procedure between electromagnetic and thermal computations.

A coupling procedure, based on a convergence test over the mean heating power and on tests over the variations of the magnetic parameters which determine the transfer from an electrical to a thermal resolution or inversely from a thermal to an electric one, can be used [5].

Modelling of multiphysics couplings with solid mechanics or metallurgy problems can be carried out using the same coupling procedure [6].

Considering optimisation of problems with electromagnetic couplings implies that one has to deal with direct models involving coupled systems of equations, one of these systems standing for the electromagnetic model.

We shall introduce the optimisation approach for these problems in the case of a coupled electromagnetism-heat transfer problem. The optimisation formalism can be extended and generalised to other kinds of couplings (for example in solid mechanics and metallurgy).

Algorithms and results for first-order [7] and zero-order approaches [8] are presented and discussed.

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