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This paper presents copper and iron loss models of a classical switched reluctance motor (SRM) and a mutually coupled switched reluctance motor (MCSRM). The iron losses in different parts of machines are then detailed. Based on the power losses model, a lumped parameter (LP) transient thermal model during driving cycles is performed, the analytical results are validated by the finite-element (FE) transient thermal model. Special attention has been paid to model the salient rotor and a method to transform the salient rotor into a nonsalient one has been proposed. A comparison between the maximum temperatures obtained by using different heat source (average power losses or instantaneous power losses during driving cycles) is given. The experimental tests are also realized to verify the analytical and numerical results.