My name is Claudia Di Lodovico and I graduated with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of L’Aquila in December 2020, after having been lucky enough to do my thesis work in collaboration with the company Spin Applicazioni Magnetiche for about six months.
I can say that the subject of my thesis, concerning the design of electric machines, proved to be very comprehensive, giving me a 360° view of an axial-flow electric motor envisaged for a direct-drive application of an electric vehicle. In fact, I simulated several three-dimensional models of axial-flow motors with permanent magnets using finite element calculation tools to obtain electromagnetic, vibroacoustic and thermal results. This allowed me to become familiar with many of the Altair software packages: Flux 3D, HyperWorks, OptiStruct, Inspire and HyperWorks CFD.
My internship at Spin was carried out completely remotely due to the pandemic that, unfortunately, accompanied us throughout 2020, but I must admit that the professionalism of the Spin team made my experience very formative and productive: I was followed and supported on a daily basis by several engineers (especially Michele and Federico) throughout my thesis work, and I had the opportunity to attend training courses and conferences not only on the subject of my thesis, but also on other very interesting technical topics in the electromechanical sector.
I would have preferred to do this internship in person because I got to know the whole Spin team and I can say with certainty that the working environment is professional and pleasant: it is easy to learn something new every day because everyone is an expert in their field and manages to pass on their knowledge in an optimal way.
I highly recommend an internship with Spin to get the best start in your career or to rely on their team for any engineering project: you will definitely be satisfied with the result because their know-how precedes them!
Thesis title: ‘Axial Flux Permanent Magnet Motors for Electric Vehicles: Electromagnetic, Vibroacoustic and Thermal Analyses’.