Maxwell 2D Limitations

  • Last Post 01 October 2019
ngominVT posted this 01 October 2019

To whom it may concern,

What are the geometric limitations of Maxwell 2D? For example let's say I have a transformer core with cylindrical legs, how would I model this in maxwell 2D? If I were to take a 2D slice out of my transformer with cylindrical legs it would look like it has a rectangular cross section and then applying depth in Maxwell 2D would result in a rectangular leg as opposed to a cylindrical leg. 


mchristi posted this 01 October 2019

Maxwell 2D has two options: Cartesian, XY or Cylindrical about Z.  Reference Maxwell online help: Specifying the Solver Type.

Both represent a 3D model having perfect symmetry, either into the screen or rotationally around 360 deg.  If your model does not have either of these symmetry conditions, then 3D should be used.

For instance, you have a POT core transformer with a round center leg and windings around the center leg, then 2D axisymmetric solver (Cylindrical about Z) can be used.