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Research Theme: Power Electronics, Drives and Control (PEDC)

Innovative research of international quality in the area of power electronics systems.

Power Electronics

There is a lot of cross over between the research and researchers within the Power Electronics and Drives & Control subgroups at Newcastle University.

We focus on the development of:

  • highly efficient electric drives
  • power dense power converters
  • intelligent energy management
  • advanced controls of power converters

We are also investigating cost-effective silicon carbide and silicon power switching devices. We are using new materials for enhancing cooling power modules.

Our research ranges from power device fabrication through circuits, drives and control to electrical machines. Power Electronics research at Newcastle University forms the largest, most balanced set of expertise in the UK. We are unique in the UK in having significant depth across the sector within a single team.

Electric car charging port.

We enhance the competitive position of the UK economy. Our world-class research on advanced, efficient and reliable power electronics technologies will:

  • maximise the penetration of renewable energy
  • facilitate electrified transportation
  • promote a sustainable industrial market

Drives and Control

We specialise in the design and implementation of control algorithms for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives.

The main subsystems of electric drives are:

  • the power electronic converter
  • the electric machine
  • the gearbox
  • other ancillary parts such as filters

Traditionally, we have treated these as separate entities

A team of engineers working on a car.

Integrating the electrical components is becoming increasingly important. We need to consider these subsystems in tandem during the design process. We may need to consider them to the point of total functional and mechanical integration.

Integrated systems:

  • are smaller
  • have greater structural flexibility and enhanced thermal management
  • ensure that system integration and modularity are not mutually exclusive

Using Integrated Motor Drives to replace fixed-speed direct on-line motors offers significant advantages. Installation costs are lower and power density is higher compared to discrete motor drive systems.