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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, ZF, UK & The IET PEMD Technical & Professional Network

10:10 Test Characterisation of Power Electronic and Machine Drives in Electric Vehicle Power - Trains

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 Magnetic material characterisation under operational conditions

Dr Philip Anderson, Cardiff University, UK

12:10 Embedded electrical starter generator (E2SG) demonstrator for aerospace applications

Vladimir Shirokov, Rolls Royce, UK

12:40 Lunch Break

13:40 Characterisation of a 180 kW fault-tolerant PM machine for a helicopter tail rotor drive

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

14:10 Power-Hardware-in-the Loop Inverter Testing Technology. Testing Power Electronics without E-Motor & DYNO

Horst Hammerer, CEO, SET Power Systems GmbH

14:40 High-speed power electronic converters and innovative cooling

Dr Rebecca Todd, Manchester University, UK

15:10 Refreshment Break

15:30 Test Laboratory and Manufacturing Test Rigs for Variable Speed Drives

Paul Gidman and Horst Mayer, Siemens, UK

16:00 Laboratory testing of prototype drive controllers

Dr Judith Apsley, University of Manchester, UK

16:30 Electrical Drives Test Centre – UoN

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

Continuing Professional Development

CPD logo declaring this event can contribute 7 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


£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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