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PhD Studentship: New Compatible Architectures of the Grid to Interface Railway Electrification and Power Distribution Networks

University of Birmingham - School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,173 per annum, plus H/EU fees of £4,327 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 22nd October 2019
Closes: 30th November 2019

Electrification of the railway allows for faster, greener, more reliable train journeys, improves passenger services and supports economic growth in Britain. These are because electric trains are faster and quieter than diesel trains and have a much reduced carbon emissions. Therefore, significant investments are currently ongoing around the world to increase the proportion of electrified railways. It is therefore essential that future electric railways are better integrated with the power grid, rather than be seen as a simple loads. This could be done by using power converter that interface traction power supplies with power distribution grids, together with renewable energy sources, energy storage and new energy management systems.

This project investigates new advanced power converters for traction power supply guaranteeing the minimisation of losses of the combined railway/public grid system. The research will be based on modelling of the converters and the control, numerical simulations of a typical train line and experiments on a small-scale hardware demonstrator.

Prospective students should hold at least a 2:1 Bachelors degree or a Masters degree in a relevant technical subject and should be eligible for H/EU fees. The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education is a worldwide leading institution for railway research and education, with over 130 academics, researchers and professional support staff.  The successful candidate will work in the Power Electronics Group, which is a fast growing research group with outstanding international reputation and close relationships with the rail industry and will be expected to start by 1st of January 2020.

Additional Funding Information

Project funding will cover an annual stipend of £16,173, plus H/EU fees of £4,327 per annum.

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