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Challenging Test Rigs for Power Electronics, Motors and Drives


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Many people have to create test rigs either for research and development work, or for end of line production test in a production environment. Creation of these rigs frequently become significant projects with their own challenges.

Date and Time

29 November 2017 - 09:30-17:00


Birmingham, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Power Electronics Machines and Drives TPN. Contact Rob Allen at robertallen@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

Every motor and set of power electronics will undergo some form of testing, but the care and effort that goes in to creating these test rigs is often not recognised in its own right.

This one day seminar and accompanying exhibition will attempt to readdress this by exploring some of the challenges and creative solutions. Covering performance, validation and production tests the event will be of interest to those designing, proving or making motors, magnetic components, power electronics and drives.


09:30  Registration and refreshments

10:00  Welcome Address

    David Moule, The IET PEMD Technical & Professional Network

10:10  Title to be confirmed

    Professor Nigel Schofield, University of Huddersfield, UK

10:40 High speed balance test rig & practical benefits of a drive and control system

    Thomas Ison, Sulzer, UK

11:10  Refreshment Break

11:40  Characterisation of a 180 kW fault-tolerant PM machine for a helicopter tail rotor drive

    Dr Jason Yon & Professor Phil Mellor, Bristol University, UK

12:10  Embedded electrical machine demonstrator for aerospace applications

    Vladimir Shirokov, Rolls Royce, UK

12:40  Lunch Break

13:40  Magnetic material characterisation under operational conditions

    Dr Philip Anderson, Cardiff University, UK

14:10  High-speed power electronic converters and innovative cooling

    Dr Rebecca Todd, Manchester University, UK

14:40  Test Laboratory and Manufacturing Test Rigs for Variable Speed Drives

    Paul Gidman and Horst Mayer, Siemens, UK

15:10  Refreshment Break

15:40  Title to be confirmed

    Speaker TBC

16:10  Laboratory testing of prototype drive controllers

    Dr Judith Apsley, University of Manchester, UK

16:30  Title to be confirmed

    Dr Gaurang I. Vakil, University of Nottingham, UK

17:00  Close

Reasons to attend

• Learn new techniques and solutions to test and measurement challenges
• Meet community experts
• Meet community suppliers (see the latest technology)
• Networking


£25.00 per Registrant

Additional information

Exhibition opportunities

This event will include an exhibition if you would like to be part of this please contact Rob Allen.


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