Are you inspired by challenging control problems in the context of Wide Band-Gap (WBG) based Power Electronics applications? Are you eager to apply advanced, computationally intensive control techniques in real-life industrial problems, coupled with modern topology designs utilizing WBG technology, and prove your results on working prototypes? If yes, then look no further – this position will challenge you in every aspect.
In the Power Electronics Lab (PEL/e) of the Electromechanics and Power Electronics (EPE) Group, we are looking for an outstanding PhD candidate to work on the application of Model Predictive Control (MPC) for SiC-based converter designs in Active Filtering applications.
The research work will comprise the hardware design and implementation of a SiC-based converter prototype, investigating topological concepts and the associated control techniques that can provide versatile and robust control performance, low EMI and high power density. The research will be carried out in close collaboration with the R&D team of Hitachi Energy, High-Voltage Components Product Group.
Specifically, the aim is to investigate the use of Model Predictive Control (MPC) for SiC-based converter designs featuring very high switching frequencies. This will be done in the context of an Active Filter application. The Active Filter is expected to feature high power density and low EMI, and present a robust performance against grid uncertainties, i.e. have the capability to adapt to changing grid conditions in terms of impedance and harmonic content. Given the versatility of the application requirements, HW design and control concept need to be investigated and developed together in a holistic manner. This interdisciplinary area of research promises a broad spectrum of challenges, and requires a strong mathematical background, coupled with a solid knowledge of power electronics and aptitude for advanced HW design and experimental verification.
Besides research you will also contribute to education within the department. Apart from supervising BSc and MSc students in their research projects, other assistance in education, e.g. in bachelor courses, is also expected. The overall load usually amounts to around 20% of your contract time.Functie-eisen
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact prof. George Papafotiou (g.papafotiou[at]tue.nl).
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