Condition monitoring of permanent magnet machines

3-phase Permanent Magnet (PM) machines are used as motors and generators in various modern applications such as the electric transportation, wind energy harvesting and industry.

Although robust, electrical machines are prone to failure. Possible faults may be of electrical, mechanical and magnetic nature. If not detected at an early stage, faults will evolve in severity and lead to a machine breakdown and interruption of the production process/application inflicting significant costs.

This project aims to develop a reliable diagnostic method to detect various PM machine faults. Simultaneously, the method should be capable of identifying the identity of the fault as well as its severity level to allow for planned maintenance and service actions. Faults of interest are the PM demagnetization, stator inter-turn faults and rotor eccentricity.

The work will be carried out with extensive simulations based on the finite element analysis, analytical modelling and experimental testing in the lab. 

Closing Date: 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Principal Supervisor: 

Dr Konstantinos Gyftakis

Eligibility: 

 Past experience with electrical machines will be highly valued during the selection process. 

Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.

Funding: 

Tuition fees and stipend are available for Home/EU students only.  Applications are welcomed from self-funded students.