I enjoyed the opportunity to work on developing a motor control system by deriving mathematical equations for the electrical motor and controller.
When I was part of Power Conversion I worked on a European-wide project developing technologies for the next generation of More-Electric Aircraft. This work was undertaken in collaboration with industrial partners. Specifically I worked on the development of the control systems for permanent magnet motors, modelling the motors, filters, loads and control systems. This included working with industrial partners to develop detailed models of a specific PM motor and power electronics and filters surrounding it, alongside developing a more generic model of a motor and its control to investigate the stability of several motor loads connected to a single DC bus.
I now am a Research Fellow in the Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Conversion Group at the University of Strathclyde. Most of my time is spent as Technology Translator for a knowledge exchange project, which aims to engage small, Scotland-based companies with Scottish universities, with a focus on electrical engineering aspects of renewable energy. I scope and carry out the initial research for the companies on the area that they are interested in, which can be from five days to eight weeks in length, with a view to that initial work leading to a longer term collaboration between a university and the company. I am also involved with other projects within the research group, such as a project investigating load balancing between substations.
The thing I enjoyed most about working in the Group was the opportunity to work on developing the motor control system by deriving mathematical equations for the electrical motor and controller and using these to develop, tune and test the motor control system. I also liked being involved with a project which had strong industrial links, resulting in the work which was carried out contributing to the next generation of More-Electric Aircraft and therefore hopefully being of use in the real world.