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The magnetic system's core can be represented as a magnetic circuit carrying the magnetic flux. The magnetic circuit reluctance can be estimated using the simulation software.
Magnetic circuit reluctance may be calculated as R_{m} = U_{m} / Flux,
where R_{m}  magnetic circuit resistance
U_{m} = Integral(HdL)  magnetic voltage drop,
Flux  magnetic flux across the crosssection.
In case of uniform magnetic flux distribution the magnetic circuit reluctance can be calculated as
R_{m} = (1/μμ_{0}) · L / S
The magnetic circuit analysis can be performed by the same methods as the electric circuit analysis. This approach is suitable for simple geometry and uniform flux distribution.
For complex core construction and nonlinear materials the FEA approach is more appropriate. Depending on the problem formulation, you can use DC, AC or Transient Magnetics module of QuickField to calculate the magnetic circuit reluctance of the core.