Stronger, Lighter, and More Energy Efficient: Challenges of Magnetic Material Development for Vehicle Electrification

January 27, 2014


  • 6:00 Social & Networking
  • 6:30 Dinner & Awards Presentation
  • 7:30 Presentation

Speaker: Prof. Matthew A. Willard, Case Western Reserve University

A fundamental transformation of the transportation sector in the United States is underway.  In parallel with advances in renewable energy resources for power generation, the rising use of electric and hybrid vehicles is reshaping the future of transportation.  Similar efforts are moving forward for more-electric ships, aircraft, and other military technologies.  Due to their prevalence, magnetic materials play an important role in improving the efficiency and performance of devices in electric power generation, conditioning, and conversion.  However, significant challenges exist for magnetic materials especially when used for transportation technologies, where enhanced reliability, power density, and overall energy capacity are increasingly important.  This talk will focus on state-of-the-art hard and soft magnetic materials, with an emphasis on their optimization for future power electronics and electric drives for vehicles. 


Reference:  M. A. Willard, “Stronger, Lighter, and More Energy Efficient:  Challenges of Magnetic Material Development for Vehicle Electrification” Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2012 Symposium, National Academies Press: Washington, DC (2013) pp. 57-63. (ISBN: 978-0-309-31281-3)

Meeting Location:

Case Western Reserve University

10900 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH, 44106

Nord Hall (Nord Hall is North of the White Building after Olin and that closest parking is in the Ford Garage)


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Members & Guests - $25 Pre-registered, or $30 walk-in/not registered 

Retired members - $15 Pre-registered, or $20 walk-in/not registered 

Students - $10