A software for analysis and design optimization of switched reluctance motor

Yalçıner, Levent Burak
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Citation Formats
L. B. Yalçıner, “A software for analysis and design optimization of switched reluctance motor,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.