This study is focused on improving cooling performance of the housing fin for Total Enclosed Fan Cooled (TEFC) motors. We conducted a sensitivity study on the motor housing fin to determine key design parameters and developed an optimization procedure. The goal is to use the optimizer to achieve an efficient design process for optimal fin design under specified operating conditions. Response Surface Methodology (RSM) was constructed out of the numerical data with multi-quadratics (MQ) as basis functions to predict the response. The RSM, in conjunction with generic optimization methods, was used to find the optimal fin design in the parametric design space. The parameter database was non-dimensionalized so that the optimizer can be applied to various motor frame sizes. Compared with the original fin design, in some cases the optimal fin configuration reduces thermal resistance to heat convection from the fin surface by more than 50%.

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