Electrical Power and Control Systems (EPACS)

The Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab focuses on 3 distinct research areas including Electrical Power and Control Systems (EPACS). The research activities within the EPACS Programme can be described under the following 3 themes:

  • Next Generation Power Electronics Converter and Control: This theme concentrates on the development of next-generation power electronic converters and control strategies for future power systems in the Aerospace or Marine and Industrial Power Systems (MIPS) sectors. Development toward more electric architectures requires power conversion systems that can fulfill diverse specifications/requirements. For aerospace applications, the term ‘next generation’ emphasizes the development of electrical technologies to improve power conversion systems in terms of reliability, power density and capability to work in harsh operating temperature environments. For MIPS applications, specifically the marine system, electrical propulsion is becoming increasingly prevalent and therefore it is important to develop next-generation propulsion drives that offer advantages in terms of cost, reliability, efficiency and power quality.
  • Condition Monitoring and Failure Prognostics of Key Electrical Components: This theme focuses on the development of condition monitoring and prognostic solutions for electrical components and systems. Electrical components with improved reliability and increased availability are of paramount importance for use in the field, especially for mission-critical applications such as more electric aircraft and marine propulsion systems.
  • Enabling Technologies for Integrated Power and Energy Systems: This research theme focuses on the development of key enabling technologies for future integrated power and energy systems, from component to system level. The key activities include:
    • Real-Time Virtual Test Bench for Marine Power System
    • Modeling and Control of Electrical Architectures
    • Grid Compliance for Land-Based Energy Systems
    • Development of Novel Electromechanical Systems
    • Energy Harvesting Technologies
    • Electrical Material Development for Next Generation Electrical Machines

The EPACS team utilizes the new Electrical Power System Integration Laboratory @ NTU (EPSIL@N) which is housed within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at NTU. EPSIL@N has a floor area of 1000m2 with a 500kVA rating.

The Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab team will undertake 21 research projects within the EPACS programme. These research projects provide manpower training through graduate research, as well as through practical experience for full-time research staff. The research project goals are strongly aligned with Rolls-Royce customers and stakeholders.

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