A winding configuration for an electric machine includes a stator core with a plurality of winding slots, a plurality of conductor strands distributed in a winding slot of the plurality of winding slots, and an insulation matrix that surrounds each of the plurality of the conductor strands. The winding slot includes a slot cavity with a cross-section area and the plurality of distributed conductor strands are configured to maximize slot fill factor.
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 This invention was made with Government support with the Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AR0000308. The Government therefore has certain rights in this invention.