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It is known from the literature that in electric machines with open stator slots, the air-gap flux partly enters the slot openings and induces eddy currents in the conductors placed closest to the air gap, possibly causing local overheating issues. For the study of such phenomenon, time-stepping finite-element analysis (TSFEA) is employed by many authors. This paper presents an alternative approach based on a set of time-harmonic finite-element analysis (THFEA) simulations. The proposed method can be applied to surface permanent-magnet machines and offers the advantage of a shorter computation time with respect to THFEA. It is also more suitable for being integrated into automatic design optimization programs. The accuracy of the approach is assessed by comparing stator eddy-current losses independently computed by THFEA and TSFEA for different machine geometries and operating conditions. Results obtained in the two ways are shown to be in good accordance.