PhD Studentship - Dynamic Load Management for Synthetic Inertia Control

Loughborough University

Application details:

Start date: 1st October 2018

Closing date: 9th March 2018


Primary supervisor: Dani Strickland

Secondary supervisor: Andrew Cross

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

As conventional steam generators are coming to their end of life, the inertia on the grid is dropping and it could become more expensive for National Grid to maintain grid stability. This PhD looks at using a novel, low cost power electronic driven solution connected to suitable loads to provide a form of synthetic inertia to assist with grid response. This solution could help with increasing renewable generation on the grid while keeping energy costs down.

 The PhD will include design of the system and identification of suitable loads, topology design of the power electronic converter, modelling the converter, designing the control scheme and building and testing the system in a laboratory environment. The work will enable the student to enhance their skills set in hardware and control of power electronics, power systems and control.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in electrical and electronic engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: power electronics, power systems and control systems.

Funding information:

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a (provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

Contact details:

Name: Dani Strickland

Email address:

Telephone number: 01509 227121

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under program name, select Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS01

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