Design and manufacture of electromechanical systems and their accompanying power electronic drives and controls.
This area encompasses design and manufacture of electromechanical systems and their accompanying power electronic drives and controls. This research area includes the associated challenges around electromagnetic compatibility, application of new materials, mechanical integrity, cooling, condition monitoring and future manufacturing processes. It also includes the field of power electronics, specifically the application of solid-state electronics to the control and conversion of energy between electrical and mechanical domains. Electromagnetics covers the study of electromagnetic interactions in engineering materials and devices, including electromagnetic interference.
This areas strategic focus reflects its relevance to a number of government and industry strategies. For example the commitment towards a low-carbon economy by 2050 has led to an increasing focus on more-electric and all-electric aircraft and low carbon propulsion systems in vehicles. The area has the potential to deliver advances in the short, medium and long term, and is vital to addressing numerous societal and industrial challenges.
To address fundamental challenges, we aim to:
- strengthen leadership across all career levels, and particularly early career research, to build capacity in this research area
- increase connectivity between researchers in this area and researchers across relevant areas and disciplines (for example materials engineering, manufacturing and superconductivity)
- work with the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics, universities, industry and small and medium-size enterprises to align and connect strategies, maximise existing investments and ensure industrial translation
- work with the community to identify fundamental challenges that can be addressed to enable future growth and increased impact.
Fundamental challenges could include improving electric machine performance, reducing weight and cost, increasing reliability and eliminating critical materials.