On-line condition monitoring of IPM synchronous machines

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This project aims to integrate currently available and recently developed techniques for the condition monitoring of interior permanent machines that are used in many critical and difficult-to-maintain applications. Examples are in PM wind power generators, emerging drives in full electric vehicles, ships, air crafts and trains. Condition monitoring techniques for PM synchronous machines which are being increasingly applied in many emerging and critical applications have so far not been covered. The new current-derivative based parameter estimation technique for such machines developed at UNSW recently is expected to be a significant part of this project, in conjunction with other techniques.

The HDR student undertaking this project is expected to have/develop proficiency in the following skills:

1. Power Electronics, having completed at least one senior level UG course on this topic

2. Reference frame theory of electric machines and drives (to be acquired through study of subject ELEC4613 at UNSW) 

3. Postgraduate level course in Power Electronics (to be acquired through study of subject ELEC9711 at UNSW) 

4. Parameter estimation techniques and their stability (to be acquired through study of a relevant subject at UNSW)

5. Simulation techniques on Matlab-Simulink platform, and system development techniques on FPGA and DSP platforms for electric drive systems. (to be acquired through laboratory experimentation at UNSW) 

Supervisory team
Faz
Rahman

Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
Rukmi
Dutta

Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
Dan
Xiao

Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
f.rahman@unsw.edu.au