A funded PhD position in the area of Power Electronic and Drives at University of Southampton Malaysia

University / Institute University of Southampton Malaysia
Research Center/Lab (optional) Smart Energy System Laboratory
Project Title RESEARCH ON ADVANCED PREDICTIVE CONTROL FOR MULTIPHASE MACHINES WITH STATE OBSERVER
Start Date Dec 01, 2019
End Date Nov 30, 2022
Funding Agency University
Contact Name / Email(s) Lim Chee Shen / c.s.lim@soton.ac.uk
Contact Phone(s) +6075602439
Nationality Requirements on Candidate(s) Applicants must be Malaysian citizens
Description Duration: 3 years
Degree: PhD (tuition fee and stipend funded)
Location: UoSM (main) and University of Southampton UK
Tentative start date: Dec. 2019
Funding: available, and interested candidates are welcome to inquire further (by email: c.s.lim@soton.ac.uk).

The idea of the project is built on two research and industrial trends: first, multiphase machines, i.e. machines with more than three phases of windings, have been receiving increasing attention from the research community due to the advantages of high power density and fault tolerance. Its potential application area include safety-critical electric propulsion of vehicles/flights, and offshore wind turbines; second, the advancement of embedded digital signal microcontroller hardware has enable the possibility of implementing highly advance control algorithms for the control of fast-sampling power converter and drives, which include deploying model predictive control technology and state observer to these applications.This project intends to explore the use of model predictive control technology in conjunction with multiphase machines, with the focus set on rectifying some known deficiencies unique to multiphase machines, i.e. switching harmonics and improved fault tolerance through the advanced optimal control. The investigation will consist of theoretical/conceptual studies, numerical simulation, and ultimately experimental implementation.

The project will be based primarily at the research laboratory at University of Southampton Malaysia. The candidate may need to travel to UK’s Highfield campus for some postgraduate courses and other research-related activities. Short travels to the collaborating research centers/universities in Malaysia (and outside Malaysia) may also be required. As a part of the studentship, the candidate will be required to assist in laboratory teaching.

Criteria for the PhD research candidate include but not limited to good knowledge in power electronics, control, and electrical machines. The candidate are expected to have high passion and motivation towards these research area.

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