IEEE Magnetics Society
Santa Clara Valley Chapter


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

1710 Automation Pkwy, San Jose, CA 95131
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Cookies, Conversation & Pizza at 6:30 P.M.
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7:00 P.M.



EV & Transportation Applications of Permanent Magnet Materials

Don Christian, Senior Life Member, IEEE




The emergence of Electric Vehicles is creating new applications for new semiconductors, software, and materials of all sorts, in particular magnetic actuators and electric motors. This talk will examine current applications and state-of-the-market for magnetic materials, especially the most popular material, NdFeB.

The internal combustion engine with a mechanical drive train has been the means of choice for 100 years to propel ground and marine vehicles. But new legislation has been introduced in many countries that threatens to outlaw this popular technology, largely because of its deleterious air quality effects. Standing ready to take its place are an array of more-efficient electrified drive trains powered from batteries, fuel cells, and internal combustion engines. This means big changes for the automotive industry. This talk will explore the implications of this change for technologies, materials, and markets, with a focus on electric motors.






Don Christian is an engineer who has designed many popular manufactured products including EVs and Autonomous Vehicles, factory and semiconductor fab automation and automotive service equipment, agricultural harvesters, food processing, and military ground vehicles for Fortune 500 companies and startups. He is listed as inventor on 28 US and many foreign patents. He consults and teaches technical courses at universities including SJSU and has published in Europe, Asia, and the US. Don is a senior member of IEEE & SAE, is a Fellow of SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers), as well as SME (Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration), and a member of SAE's J1772 conductive charging standards task force for electric vehicles. In 2016, he raced an EV across Asia and Europe in a round-the-world global race. He also performs with an electromagnet-based guitar in juke joints and on street corners in obscure parts of the world.

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