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DEI Fellow Leads IET Journal Special Section

(18 November 2016)

A special section of The Journal of Engineering(JoE) published by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) is being led by DEI Early Career Fellow, Dr. Christopher Donaghy-Spargo, an Electrical Engineering Research Fellow in the School Engineering & Computing Sciences. Launched in April 2013, The Journal of Engineering is the IET’s first free to view, online-only, gold open access megajournal. Publishing articles covering a broad spectrum of engineering subjects, including interdisciplinary areas. JoE provides authors a home for scientifically sound research.

The latest JoE special section, ‘Advances in Rotating Electrical Machines: Topologies, Materials & Applications’, provides an opportunity for researchers and professionals in both academia and industry from all over the globe to present their recent research and development activities in the field of rotating electrical machines. The section will focus on new insights and technological advancements in electrical machine topologies, advanced materials, novel control algorithms and new applications. The call for papers is now issued with a submission deadline of 31st March 2017 with the view to being published in November 2017.

Dr. Donaghy-Spargo said, ‘Recent governmental policy decisions addressing key global challenges such as climate change and energy security have initiated a new wave of research in the field of rotating electrical machines. While innovations in rotating electrical machines cannot directly solve these global challenges, electrical machines are set to play a key role within the technology that will enable significant energy and CO2 savings, in turn assisting in achieving long term energy security and sustainability. Highlights of these technologies are high efficiency domestic appliances, electrified vehicles, electrified aircraft and wind electric power generation. It is hoped that this special section attracts a wide range of high quality papers for peer-review from industry and academia so that we can showcase the very latest research in high energy conversion efficiency rotating electrical machines’.

Selected areas of interest within the scope of this Special Section are;

  • Novel ‘magnet-free’ machine topologies
  • Highly integrated motor/generator machine drives
  • Advances in superconducting electrical machines
  • Application of new and emerging materials to improve electromagnetic, thermal and mechanical design aspects

The Electrical and Electronic Engineering Section of JoE is edited by Prof. Jan Van der Spiegel, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Donaghy-Spargo is Lead Guest Editor for this Special Section and is also an Associate Editor for the JoE and the IET Power Electronics research journal. Prof. Wen Ping Cao, Head of the Power Electronics, Machines and Power System Group at Aston University is also a Guest Editor for this Special Section.

This announcement follows on from Dr. Donaghy-Spargo’s recent publication in the IET’s Engineering & Technology Reference journal entitled ‘Synchronous Reluctance Motor Technology: Industrial Opportunities, Challenges and Future Direction’, which discusses the electrical energy saving capability of advanced rotating electrical machine topologies for fan, pump and mill type applications frequently encountered in industrial processes. The new synchronous reluctance motor (SynRM) technology considered in this paper is typically expected to exhibit 2-4% increased energy conversion efficiency when compared to the traditional asynchronous induction motor technology (and is accompanied by other advantages too!), potentially allowing significant energy savings to be realised if this SynRM technology was to be adopted across the industrial sector where polyphase rotating electrical machines consume more than 60% of all the electrical power consumed by UK industry. The SynRM has the potential to become the future industry standard for high efficiency, low cost, high output industrial drives.

Donaghy-Spargo. C. M.,Synchronous Reluctance Motor Technology: Industrial Opportunities, Challenges and Future Direction’, Engineering & Technology Reference, 2016