Electrical Power and Power Electronics Research Group
Following a £1M refurbishment, the Group is now accommodated in a large laboratory suite, comprising three dedicated laboratories. There are a wide range of laboratory resources and specialist equipment including:
- High voltage testing equipment up to 400kV DC, 80kV AC 50Hz
- Broadband dielectric spectroscopy (mHz to MHz)
- Space charge measurement using pulsed electroacoustic (PEA) techniques
- High sensitivty electrical treeing and electroluminescence equipment with application in electrical treeing detection and partial discharge interpretation
- Equipment for the development of electronically controlled drives and generators
- 50 kVAp PV array
- Equipment for the development embedded generation systems, including: photovoltaic, wind power and variable speed generation and a large scale wind turbine simulator
- Electrostatic and magnetodynamic modelling and CAD facilities
- Large and small electrical machines and drives test facility with a 200kVA 3 phase supply
- 3000 amp pulsed power generator
- large battery charge/discharge unit designed for fork-lift truck and submarine batteries.
The group has access to a wide range of other facilities around the University including those of the Advanced Microscopy Centre, and engine and propulsion test facilities.
Acting Head of Group: Dr Stephen Dodd
Honorary Visiting Professor Professor John Fothergill
Teaching Fellow: Dr Nikola Chalashkanov
Teaching Fellow: Dr Robert Entwistle
Senior Experimental Officer: Andy Willby
Technician: Luigi Alessandro
Currently we have 8 PhD students.