Cogent Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel, has developed a range of new electrical steel grades suitable for hybrid (HEV) and electric vehicle (EV) drive motor applications.
Electrical steels are usually developed to provide specific electromagnetic properties as defined in European and international industry standards. However, these standards do not offer any specification in terms of mechanical characteristics. There is a growing trend for significantly higher rotating speeds in motors to achieve improved power densities and material strength is therefore an increasingly critical factor.
A typical industrial induction motor might rotate at 3,000 rpm, while many drive motors for HEV and EV applications are designed for a rotating speed of 10,000 rpm and in some cases even higher.
To help meet the demanding mechanical requirements of these next-generation high-speed rotating machines, Cogent Power can now offer three non-grain oriented (NGO) electrical steel grades (M330-35HT, M330-35HS and M250-35HS) in 0.35mm gauge with guarantees of both electromagnetic and mechanical properties. In addition, Cogent Power is also now offering a unique 0.50mm NO50 NGO grade, which has been specifically developed for cost-effective use at elevated frequencies above 50Hz.
Magnus Lindenmo, Technical Development Manager at Cogent Power’s Surahammar Bruks business in Sweden, said: “We are committed to providing our customers with a wide range of high-performance and high-efficiency electrical steels and recognise that for our customers developing low-carbon vehicles, mechanical performance is just as critical as electromagnetic performance.’’
Cogent Power General Manager Mark Cichuta said: “I am delighted that we have been able to expand our electrical steels portfolio in this way. This new product development shows the kind of benefit we can bring to our customers now we have full control over our production processes from raw materials to finished products.”
The Surahammar plant has since 2007 been supplied with hot rolled NGO electrical sheet primarily from Tata Steel’s IJmuiden works in the Netherlands.
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About Cogent Power
Cogent Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel, is a global supplier of electrical steels for electric motors, generators and transformer cores, with manufacturing and service operations in the UK, Sweden and Canada. Cogent Power is a world-renowned brand in electrical steels and a recognised leader in the manufacture of thin-gauge electrical steels which are developed for use in high-frequency machines.
For the low-carbon vehicle sector, Tata Steel offers the broadest range of products and services to meet this growing market’s needs. Together with our partners, Tata Steel is able to provide a complete service, from system design and testing through to supply chain development. Utilising our advanced materials, technical services and partnerships, we deliver world-leading steels, optimised for performance, cost and manufacturability, which result in a lower total cost of ownership.
About Tata Steel in Europe
The European operations of Tata Steel comprise Europe's second largest steel producer. With the main steelmaking operations in the UK and Netherlands, they supply steel and related services to the construction, automotive, packaging, lifting & excavating, energy & power, aerospace and other demanding markets worldwide. The combined Tata Steel group is one of the world’s largest steel producers, with an aggregate crude steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes and approximately 80,000 employees across four continents.