AUTO-MEA “Automated Manufacturing of wound components for next generation Electrical machines”
Topic reference: JTI-CS2-2018-CfP09-SYS-03-19, GA number: 865354
AUTO-MEA is a 30 months project, receiving funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No 865354.
The consortium brings together the world-leading experience of Coppering in the field of automated manufacturing of coils and motor windings and the expertise of the University of Modena and Reggio – UniMore in electrical machines and drives, wide-bandgap devices applications (WBG) and related windings insulation issues.
UniMoRe leads the consortium as project Coordinator, whereas The University of Nottingham - UNO , a Clean Sky 2 Leader, acts as Topic Manager for the project.
AUTO-MEA project aims to develop novel methodologies and deliver an innovative and flexible coil fabrication system, which can provide formed coil shapes suitable for high frequency operation, effective coil insertion and automated welding strategies to form a complete winding system for aerospace wound components.
More About AUTO-MEA
To meet the challenging requirements of modern propulsion and transport applications, the trend is to increase the fundamental operating frequencies of electrical machines, leading to smaller and lighter motors and generators. New power devices based on wide bandgap semiconductors (SiC and GaN) with extremely short switching times, are enabling technologies in this sense. However, higher operating frequencies also means increased power losses in windings, as well as faster devices commutations are known to trigger faster degradation of coil insulation and cause greater susceptibility to EMI. Windings are currently a main bottle-neck for improved performance and the rapid market growth of full electric or hybrid transportation systems requires urgent advances in the development of novel solutions. AUTO-MEA aims to develop electrical motors and drives for next generation of electrical mobility.