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Advanced control and system stability analysis techniques for more-electric ships

Department of Electronic Engineering

About the Project

Recently, the electrification process is accelerating in the ship industry, leading to the concept of “more-electric ship”. The investigation on improving the performance and system stability for more-electric ships is therefore of paramount significance. In terms of electric ship propulsion systems, the electric motors, converters and control algorithms are closely related to the industrial applications. For the purpose of developing highly reliable more-electric ships, as scholars, we are responsible for dealing with the key issues regarding the operation of shipboard propulsion systems, including motor control, power electronics, stability analysis, and so on. Stable operation of a more-electric ship is the most critical aspect to be considered as it is directly related to the lives of hundreds or even thousands of people. In particular, the operation of shipboard propulsion system is to be mainly focused on.

This PhD programme will open a new paradigm for high-performance and high-reliability propulsion systems for more-electric ships. In the program, different types of power distribution architectures will be applied (ac, dc, ac-dc hybrid), and novel control strategies (sliding mode, model predictive and data-driven algorithms, etc.) will be designed for system performance improvement. Moreover, the corresponding system stability analysis techniques will be investigated.

Entry requirements:
Candidates must have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related subject.

How to apply:
Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the Electronic Engineering website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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