PhD Studentship: Stability Certification of HVDC Control Systems in Weak Grids

The University of Manchester - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks

Supervisors: Dr J Carrasco, Dr O Marjanovic.

Application Deadline: Applications accepted all year round.


The current state-of-the-art controllers of HVDC are designed using linear techniques and their stability only holds for an arbitrarily small operation range. However, the HVDC control system is intrinsically nonlinear as the output of the plant is the product of two states. Under weak grid conditions, stability is a key issue as the operating point has strong influence in the performance of the system. This project will analyse the plant using nonlinear tools to provide guidelines to future HVDC control designs.

Funding Notes

Funding covers tuition fees and annual maintenance payments of £17,500. Students with a first class/2.1 degree (or equivalent), with a background in engineering and physical sciences and humanities, are encouraged to apply.

UK / EU eligible candidates only (EU residents who have been resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years).

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until a candidate is selected; therefore candidates are encouraged to apply early.

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