Improvements introduced in Flux 2018 focus on large 3D models with eddy currents.
The coupling with OptiStruct ® for mechanical design has been updated with the new version. For vibration analysis of electric machines, the post-processing capabilities of Flux have been extended with more options in the data visualization and export.
The PEEC (Partial Element Equivalent Circuit) method is now directly available in Flux. Because this solver does not need any meshing of the air surrounding the parts, it is much more efficient than the finite element method to deal with sets of long or flat conductors. It is the tool of choice for the design of power busbars. Resistances, inductances and parasitic capacitances of conductors can be quickly computed and extracted for circuit simulation. Current, power or force densities distributions are natural outputs that can be used with thermal or structural solvers to analyze respective temperature distributions or mechanical stresses in the bars.
As a help to new users of Flux, new simple examples are provided in videos, showing how to use the tool step-by-step and achieve quick and accurate results. A starting guide takes new users through the Flux environment, illustrating the capabilities of the software.