Being an academic, you get gaps when you don’t have much teaching to do. I filled my last gap by getting 4 journal papers published and some really amazing progress in the labs. Many thanks to my co-authors and co-workers for making this happen.
The E-drive part of the EP lab is starting to get really exciting, as the power electronic converter finally gets to meet one of the linear machines we have recently comissioned. Once we have this working, we are going to use the Flo-Wave tank and couple the system to a scale wave energy converter. Even more Exciting!
Much of the linear work we have done over the last 12 months have recently been published in 3 IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion journal papers.
Plus this month our thermal work for aerospace has come on line in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Which Engineer doesn’t love lego?
I am yet to use this equipment with school-age pupils yet, but I am now trained, and excited, to be involved in the Lego education scheme run by Raising Robots:
Raising Robots – LEGO Mindstorms EV3 & WeDo
Hoing to get this into some schools during this academic year
Conference season was in full a swing as I attended my final 2 conferences of 2018.
Hosted at Alexandroupli, Greece, the International Conference on Electrical machines was well attended by the Electrical Power Group, where we presented 9 papers.
Inlcuding 4 from my team
Lots of interesting work going on around the world in Vernier Hybrid machines, PM machine topologies and linear machine work. Really good conference.
The work we presented is here.
(Raihan has not really built a bread machine, but is claiming a new breed of machine)
Of course, would be rude to go to Greece and not have a quick look around.
This year’s IET conference on renewable power generation was hosted by DTU in Copenhagan. We presented 3 pieces of work on tidal energ, linear machines and power converters. for a conference with a fairly narrow title, there was a wide range of topics presented.
I finally got to give a presentation on the work we have done on the economics of teh generator in the OpenHydro tidal stream device. Sadly, a few months after OpenHydro went into liquidation.
I also represented a poster on the feasibility of linear magnetic gears, co-written by colleagues in Edinburgh.
A couple of other pictures…
The E3 academy is a scheme that sponsors some of our birghtest UG students. It is a collaboration between 6 industrial partners and 3 universities. As well as giving students finacnial support and guaranteed vacation work, it also aims to build professional collaborations between colleagues of a similar age. As teh E3 tutor, I go every year to the annual summer schooo, which this year was held in Bangor. As well as visiting hte awe inspiring Dinowrig pump storage centre (http://www.electricmountain.co.uk/), students where challenged with ‘reverse-engineering’ some products to get some experience in design.
Great scheme anda great summer school.
More details about E3 can be found here: http://e3academy.org/
Some nice pictures of the summer school, including past and present scholars, are avaiblae on tehir facebook page https://www.facebook.com/eee3Academy/
We where happy to host a vistor from University of Chile, Prof Cardenas, to talk about control and testing of wave energy devices as part of our E Drive project. He was with us over 2 weeks and also visited our partners in Edinburgh University and Turbo Power Systems.
Of course, we couldn’t let him go without a night out.
More details about Prof Cardenas’ work can be found here
Every year the EP group go on walk to remind ourselves there is more to life than Electrical Power. This year, we went to Kielder and walked (most of the way) around kielder Lake.