Melina Merkel

Dr.-Ing. Melina Merkel

Working area(s)

Simulation and Shape Optimization of Electric Machines with Isogeometric Analysis


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Work S2|17 33
Schloßgartenstr. 8
64289 Darmstadt

The research project addresses the multiphysical simulation and shape optimization of electrical machines based on Isogeometric Analysis (IGA) in three dimensions. Isogeometric analysis is based on the use of B-splines and nonuniform rational B-splines (NURBS) for both geometry representation and solution space instead of non-smoothly interconnected polynomials. These bases allow for the direct and approximation-free use of geometry data of computer-aided design (CAD), and therefore a simplified implementation of freeform optimization. In IGA, the solutions are also given in terms of splines, such that neither interpolation nor remeshing are necessary when considering the interaction between electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical phenomena and Noise-Vibration-Harshness calculations. Furthermore, for smooth solutions IGA has a higher accuracy per degree of freedom. This is especially relevant in the air gap of an electric machine, where the smoothness of the solution can be exploited. High numerical efficiency when considering rotation of the machine will be achieved by the use of mortaring, , e.g. by harmonic stator-rotor coupling.

Thursday 10:00-11:00 and by appointment (in either case, please contact me by email beforehand)

  • 2023: Junior membership of GAMM (Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics) for outstanding achievements in diploma and/or doctoral theses in the field of applied mathematics or mechanics
  • 2022: Rita Trowbridge Commendation Award at Compumag 2021
  • 2021: Darmstadt Energy Prize: Special prize for best master's thesis
  • 2016: EMTS young scientist award für den Beitrag ‘An Application of ParaExp to Electromagnetic Wave Problems’