My research is in the broad area of electrical energy conversion. There are three basic questions in this area
- How we generate electricity more effectively?
- How can we use electricity more effectively?
- Can we use electrical equipment in new areas to improve the performance of those systems?
Obviously, these are open ended questions. Example projects cover a wide range, but much of my research involves the design and analysis of electrical motors, generators, actuators and their associated drives & power electronics.
Research into new designs includes
- improved efficiency induction machines
- permanent magnet hybrid machines
- high speed machines
- unconventional machines
- cost efficient drive topologies
- small scale variable speed generation
- large synchronous machines
- energy harvesting devices
Analysis work involves both advanced analysis of existing designs and the development of new tools for design:
- Numerical models to predict performance and losses in electrical steels
- finite element analysis techniques
- formal optimization techniques
- analytical methods to predict losses in large machines