Electrical systems

Two spool gas engine emulators in IEPNEF
Two spool gas engine emulators in IEPNEF

The more-electric revolution is transforming the way that non-propulsive power is generated, distributed and used on-board an aircraft, whilst more radical future concepts anticipate partial or full electric propulsion.

These innovations promise significant reductions in emissions, but require highly efficient, light-weight generators, motors, power converters and electrical systems. These system will be highly dynamic with peak powers of several MW, requiring techniques for the overall system control / management, including energy storage. 

Research focus

  • Hybrid energy storage systems
  • Super-conducting machines, converters and systems
  • Platform level power management and protection
  • Advanced generator control
  • DC bus power quality and stability
  • Emulation of mechanical prime movers

Key applications

  • More-electric aircraft
  • Electric and hybrid vehicles
  • Marine / ship power networks
  • DC smart grids

Collaboration with industry

The Group has several active grants on electrical system integration in collaboration with Rolls-Royce through the Rolls-Royce UTC, including the EPSRC project Analysis of Power Quality in Complex DC Power Networks. The Group is also involved in the EPSRC-funded Vehicle Electrical Systems Integration (VESI) project.

Latest publications

  • D. Wu, R. Todd, A.J. Forsyth, "Adaptive Rate-Limit Control for Energy Storage Systems," IEEE Transactions on  Industrial Electronics, vol.62, no.7, pp. 4231-4240, 2015, doi: 10.1109/TIE.2014.2385043
  • C. Gan, R. Todd, J.M. Apsley, "Drive System Dynamics Compensator for a Mechanical System Emulator," IEEE Transactions on  Industrial Electronics, vol.62, no.1, pp. 70-78, 2015, doi: 10.1109/TIE.2014.2327581
  • V. Valdivia, R. Todd, F.J. Bryan, A. Barrado, A. Lazaro, A.J. Forsyth, "Behavioral Modeling of a Switched Reluctance Generator for Aircraft Power Systems," IEEE Transactions on  Industrial Electronics, vol.61, no.6, pp. 2690-2699, 2014, doi: 10.1109/TIE.2013.2276768


Academic Staff:  Dr Rebecca ToddProf Andrew Forsyth

Research team: 2 postdoctoral research associates and 2 PhD students.

Please contact one of the academic staff for further details of current research activity.


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