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An efficient, flexible and stable power supply system for robots

   Department of Electronic Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Robots own the advantages of high accuracy, high efficiency and strong applicability, which makes it valuable in the fields such as industry, agriculture, logistics and military, especially in labor-intensive fields and high-risk industries. In this condition, an uninterrupted power supply system plays a critical part of the robot system to ensure unmanned target. On the one hand, high-efficiency is required to achieve extension of the working and standby time. On the other hand, fault removal and fault tolerance operation abilities are also needed in case fault occurs due to some severe working environment.

This PhD programme will open a new paradigm for high-efficiency and high-reliability power supply systems for robots. In the program, a neural network shape multi-directional multi-port DC-DC converter spread all over the body of the robot will be designed to ensure whole body power supply. Simultaneously, the corresponding control strategy (such as the real time voltage control strategy) aiming to achieve voltage balance will be developed and investigated. In addition, the advanced optimization will be proposed to achieve the highest efficiency in stable operation and realize fault tolerance operation in case of failure to ensure uninterruptible power supply. More specifically, it requires to find the shortest energy paths in stable modes, decouple DC fault and switch to flexible alternative paths when fault occurs.

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.

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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