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Hybrid DC Circuit Breaker for Electric Aircraft

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Electric and hybrid aircraft is a transformative technology to meet ambitious environmental emission and noise reduction targets. DC distribution network is attractive due to smaller footprint, improved distribution efficiency and it also eliminate the requirement of synchronous power sources. However the fault current in dc network is difficult to clear because there is no natural zero-crossing of current. Therefore, a fast operation and lightweight dc circuit breaker is a key technology to directly manage dc faults in electric and hybrid aircraft.

This project aims to develop a fast operation dc circuit breaker with high operating efficiency. The project involves design, modelling and testing of a hybrid dc circuit breaker consisting of mechanical switch and solid-state switch. The student will design the key components and investigate the coordination between them to achieve optimised operation. The testing will be carried out at Bath’s Applied Superconductivity Laboratory.

Successful applicants will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent). Any English language requirements must be met at the deadline for applications.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Xiaoze Pei ()

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

https://samis.bath.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=RDUEE-FP01&code2=0013

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/how-to-apply-for-doctoral-study/

Anticipated start date: 30 September 2019


Funding Notes

Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (£14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years.

How good is research at University of Bath in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 20.50

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