PhD Project: Control of a switched reluctance generator in a wave energy converter

Job Description

This project will propose novel torque control schemes for effective control of switched reluctance (SR) generators in ocean wave energy converters.
Good torque control is essential, as the generator at the heart of the power train is often used by the wave energy converter’s speed controller as an electromagnetic brake on its motion, tuning and optimizing its power absorption in irregular sea states.
The project will build on the success of previous work developing and building a low-speed, high-torque SR generator in TU Dublin – Blanchardstown Campus, along with a 5kW test bed, including a programmable prime mover, able to mimic the wild-speed action of an ocean wave energy converter in the lab.
The project’s outputs will help contribute to the national take up of SR generation in renewable applications. This will help reduce demand for permanent magnet materials, whose supply the EU has classed as critically insecure. It will continue the development of an experimental infrastructure on the Blanchardstown Campus, and help attract external agency funding for follow-on projects.
The student will be working in a multi-disciplinary environment, that incorporates elements of mechanical, electrical, electronic and control engineering, including electrical power systems and power electronics. The work will involve a combination of computer simulation and practical laboratory experimentation in the areas of electrical engineering, control and power electronics.

Student requirements for this project
Minimum 2.1 B.Eng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Control Engineering or a cognate discipline.

Funding
Student Stipend € 18,500 p.a.
Materials/ Travel etc € 2,600 p.a.
Fees N/A

Applicants for this project are required to complete an Expression of Interest (www.dit.ie/media/documents/study/postgraduateresearch/EOI%20Form.doc) and email it to [email protected]

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