Development, Theory and Design of the Image Motor For Automotive Applications Thesis uri icon



  • Thesis (M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering)--University of Idaho, June 2014 | Current electric vehicles do not provide a reasonable range due in part to the inefficiencies and weight of the battery systems, the transmission, and the motors. To solve these problems some have suggested using a hub motor, however these motors are often heavy due to the selection of a DC or Synchronous machine. A better solution would be to use an adaptation of the linear induction motor. This thesis discusses the development of a theory based on image conductors that utilizes standard design techniques to design an image motor as well as the verification of this theory with Melcher's continuum mechanics. In addition this thesis discusses the process for designing such a machine as well as its optimal solution for an automotive application.

publication date

  • June 1, 2014