Asymmetrical Conductor with a Hole

This example shows how you can use PyAEDT to create a project in Maxwell3D and run an eddy current simulation.

To provide the advanced postprocessing features needed for this example, Matplotlib, NumPy, and PyVista must be installed on the machine.

This examples runs only on Windows using CPython.

import os
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

from pyaedt import Maxwell3d

Insert a Maxwell 3D Design

This example inserts a Maxwell 3D design.

M3D = Maxwell3d(solution_type="EddyCurrent", specified_version="2021.2", non_graphical=False, new_desktop_session=True)
M3D.modeler.model_units = "mm"


Launching PyAEDT outside Electronics Desktop with CPython and Pythonnet
Launching AEDT installation C:\Program Files\AnsysEM\AnsysEM21.2\Win64
pyaedt info: Launching AEDT with module Pythonnet.
pyaedt info: Ansoft.ElectronicsDesktop.2021.2 Started with process ID 5464.
pyaedt info: Logger Started on C:\Users\ansys\Documents\Ansoft\pyaedt20220120_154114.log
pyaedt info: pyaedt v0.5.dev1
pyaedt info: Python version 3.8.10 (tags/v3.8.10:3d8993a, May  3 2021, 11:48:03) [MSC v.1928 64 bit (AMD64)]
pyaedt info: Project Project2596 has been created.
pyaedt info: No design is present. Inserting a new design.
pyaedt info: Design Loaded
pyaedt info: Successfully loaded project materials !
pyaedt info: Materials Loaded

Create the Model

This example creates a box that is to be used in the simulation.

plate = M3D.modeler.primitives.create_box([0, 0, 0], [294, 294, 19], name="Plate", matname="aluminum")
hole = M3D.modeler.primitives.create_box([18, 18, 0], [108, 108, 19], name="Hole")

Perform Modeler Operations

You can apply different modeler operations such as subtraction, material assignment, and solving inside.

M3D.modeler.subtract([plate], [hole])
plate.material_name = "aluminum"
plate.solve_inside = True
adaptive_frequency = "200Hz"
# Create fields postprocessing variable for loss in object Plate.
p_plate ="Plate")

project_dir = M3D.generate_temp_project_directory("Example")
project_name = os.path.join(project_dir, "test.aedt")
# Unable to save file by passing the file name or directory as an argument.


pyaedt info: Saving Project2596 Project


Create Coil

This example creates a coil.

center_hole = M3D.modeler.Position(119, 25, 49)
center_coil = M3D.modeler.Position(94, 0, 49)
coil_hole = M3D.modeler.primitives.create_box(
    center_hole, [150, 150, 100], name="Coil_Hole"
)  # All positions in model units
coil = M3D.modeler.primitives.create_box(center_coil, [200, 200, 100], name="Coil")  # All positions in model units
M3D.modeler.subtract([coil], [coil_hole])
coil.material_name = "copper"
coil.solve_inside = True
p_coil ="Coil")

Create a Relative Coordinate System

This command creates a relative coordinate system.

M3D.modeler.create_coordinate_system(origin=[200, 100, 0], mode="view", view="XY", name="Coil_CS")


<pyaedt.modeler.Modeler.CoordinateSystem object at 0x000001D062007F70>

Create a Coil Terminal

This example creates a coil terminal.

M3D.modeler.section(["Coil"], M3D.PLANE.ZX)
M3D.assign_current(["Coil_Section1"], amplitude=2472)


pyaedt info: Deleted 1 Objects

<pyaedt.modules.Boundary.BoundaryObject object at 0x000001D051D09250>

Draw a Region

This command draws an air region.

M3D.modeler.create_air_region(*[300] * 6)


<pyaedt.modeler.Object3d.Object3d object at 0x000001D0620075B0>

Set Eddy Effects

This command sets the eddy effects.




Plot the model

M3D.plot(show=False, export_path=os.path.join(M3D.working_directory, "Image.jpg"), plot_air_objects=False)
Maxwell3D TEAM7


<pyaedt.modules.AdvancedPostProcessing.ModelPlotter object at 0x000001D051D091F0>

Add an Eddy Current Setup

This example adds a transient setup and defines all settings.

Setup = M3D.create_setup()
Setup.props["MaximumPasses"] = 12
Setup.props["MinimumPasses"] = 2
Setup.props["MinimumConvergedPasses"] = 1
Setup.props["PercentRefinement"] = 30
Setup.props["Frequency"] = adaptive_frequency
Setup.props["HasSweepSetup"] = True
Setup.props["StartValue"] = "1e-08GHz"
Setup.props["StopValue"] = "1e-06GHz"
Setup.props["StepSize"] = "1e-07GHz"

Setup.enable_expression_cache([p_plate, p_coil], "Fields", "Phase='0deg' ", True)



Solve the Project

This command solves the project.



pyaedt info: Solving design setup MySetupAuto
pyaedt info: Design setup MySetupAuto solved correctly


Get Report Data

PostProcessor.get_report_data() returns a data class with all data produced from the simulation.

val ="SolidLoss")


pyaedt info: Solution Data Correctly Loaded.

['EddyCurrent', 'Fields']

Use Matplotlib to Plot Results

This example plots results using Matplotlib.

fig, ax = plt.subplots(figsize=(20, 10))

ax.set(xlabel="Frequency (Hz)", ylabel="Solid Losses (W)", title="Losses Chart")
mag_data = np.array(val.data_magnitude())
freq_data = np.array([i * 1e9 for i in val.sweeps["Freq"]])
ax.plot(freq_data, mag_data)
Losses Chart

Save the Project and Close AEDT

This example saves the project and then closes AEDT.



pyaedt info: Saving test Project


Total running time of the script: ( 1 minutes 26.407 seconds)

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