Nick is a Lecturer within the Power Electronics Drives and Machines group of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He joined Newcastle University as an RA in January 2011 to work on novel topology traction motors for electric vehicles and became a member of academic staff in June 2012, in the area of Electrical Machines and Renewable Energy.
Nick obtained a PhD in electrical machine design for marine renewable energy devices from Durham University in 2003. For 18 months he designed and built a 30kW low speed linear generator and test rig for the National Renewable Energy Centre - NaREC. In 2005, he joined Lancaster University Renewable Energy Group as an Engineering lecturer for 3.5 years. Research interests here included power take off for wave energy, low head hydro electric power and development of linear generators. After securing research grants to fund 3 PhD students, Nick moved to Newcastle based energy consultancy TNEI in 2008. He won a £250,000 research grant from the carbon trust to develop a novel electrical machine for wave energy devices.
During his 2.5 years with tnei, Nick was involved in several modelling aspects of windfarm development, including loss minimisation, grid connection and power flow, microwave interence, flicker, resource and noise prediction.
Nick is presently involved in electrical machine design projects for the aerospace, automotive and marine renewables sector. He teaches in the areas of electrical machine design and grid systems.
MEng(hons) in Mechanical Engineering
Senior Technical consultant (TNEI)
Lecturer (Lancaster University)
RA (Durham University)
Cycling, Triathlons, Campervans, swimming in lakes and playing with the kids. Although to be honest I've sold the campervan and haven't done a triathlon since 2011.
My formal research interest is on electromagnetic design of novel topology electrical machines. I have worked on generators for renewable energy, free piston engines and electric vehicles. Most of the machines I have worked on have used permenant magnets, either transverse flux machines or 2D flux topologies.
I have a more general interest in engineering for sustainability and have previously published on and taught eco-design.
Development of generators for slow speed renewable energy applications.
Using Soft Magnetic Composite to design 3 dimensional flux machines.
Linear electrical machines
Grid integration of renewable energy.
Power systems analysis.
Numberical modelling and optimisation.
Currently working on a project using Soft Magnetic Composite to develop and build high torque electrical machines with inherent 3D flux patterns.
It is anticipated that the present work will develop into the drive system of electrical vehicles.
In 2006 Nick was awarded the Donald Julius Groen prize by the IMechE for his work on direct drive linear generators for wave energy converters.
Design of Machines and Drives