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Wen-Ping Cao

Professor Wen-Ping Cao

Research Fellow

Organisation

Aston University

Research summary

Electrical machines and power electronics are key technologies to establish the UK’s low-carbon economy, with each having an annual global market of around £100b. Prof. Wen-Ping Cao has made technical contributions to the basic sciences and engineering of electrical machines and power electronics and to the application of novel condition monitoring technologies. He has been developing an in-depth understanding and test facilities of doubly-fed induction generators with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and of permanent magnet synchronous motors with Georgia Institute of Technology. Presently he has relocated his research to Aston and is leading the research activities at Aston to address technical challenges of electric motor drives involving new materials, new designs and new applications, which are pushing device performance and energy efficiency of the target systems to their physical limits.

This project will develop an integrated condition monitoring demonstrator and market-ready products as a result of transferring knowledge and skills from the USA to the UK, from component-level research to system-level proof of concept, and from laboratory to practice, over the five-year project period. New numerical models, sensor fusion and data-driven methods, experimental validation and interdisciplinary approaches are being developed step by step.

In the first six months (October 2016-March 2017), the fellow has conducted a basic research and literature review to understand fundamental mechanisms of heat loss generation and fault propagation in the machines (e.g. induction and permanent magnet) and power switches (e.g. MOSFETs, IGBTs). So far, the work has led to the publications of 5 journal articles, 2 conference papers, 1 edited book and 1 book chapter. The fellow has been elected as Chairman for IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IEEE UK & Ireland Section, and has been invited to give a technical keynote speech at the IPT Breakfast Meeting at Parliament.

Grants awarded

Novel Condition Monitoring Technologies of Electric Machines & Power Electronics

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: Oct 2016 - Sep 2021

Value: £50,000