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Numerical investigations of convective phenomena of oil impingement on end-windings (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Connor, P., La Rocca1, A., Xu, Z., Eastwick, C., Pickering, S., & Gerada, C. (2018). Numerical investigations of convective phenomena of oil impingement on end-windings

A novel experimental rig for analysing intensive liquid cooling of highly power-dense electrical machine components has been developed. Coupled fluid flow and heat transfer has been modelled, using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), to inform the de... Read More

A CFD and experimental investigation into a non-intrusive method for measuring cooling air mass flow rate through a synchronous generator (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Bersch, K., Connor, P. H., Eastwick, C. N., & Galea, M. (2018). A CFD and experimental investigation into a non-intrusive method for measuring cooling air mass flow rate through a synchronous generator

This paper presents a detailed methodology for a non-intrusive measurement of cooling air mass flow rate that enables an overall machine evaluation. This approach enables the simultaneous measurement of air mass flow with shaft torque at differing op... Read More

Design and testing of electromechanical actuator for aerospace applications (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Papini, L., Connor, P., Patel, C., Empringham, L., Gerada, C., & Wheeler, P. (2018). Design and testing of electromechanical actuator for aerospace applications. In 2018 25th International Workshop on Electric Drives: Optimization in Control of Electric Drives (IWED2018)doi:10.1109/iwed.2018.8321392

Electromechanical actuators are gaining interest in the aerospace industry within the More Electrical Aircraft (MEA) architecture. The end-goal of fully electric aircraft includes Electromechanical actuation for flight control systems. The design and... Read More

CFD optimisation of the thermal design for a vented electrical machine (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Bersch, K., Connor, P. H., Eastwick, C. N., Galea, M., & Rolston, R. (2017). CFD optimisation of the thermal design for a vented electrical machine. In 2017 IEEE Workshop on Electrical Machines Design, Control and Diagnosis (WEMDCD)doi:10.1109/WEMDCD.2017.7947721

Optimisation algorithms hold the potential to dramatically reduce computational time whilst ensuring the optimal solution is found. Within this paper, the feasibility of using this novel approach on complex 3-D Computational Fluid Dynamics models, wh... Read More

Stator and rotor vent modelling in a MVA rated synchronous machine (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Connor, P. H., Eastwick, C., Pickering, S., Gerada, C., & Rolston, R. (in press). Stator and rotor vent modelling in a MVA rated synchronous machine. In 2016 XXII International Conference on Electrical Machines (ICEM)doi:10.1109/ICELMACH.2016.7732583

An investigation into the solution dependence of a conjugate heat transfer computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of a synchronous generator, with respect to meshing, has been carried out. Utilising CFD as a tool for investigating the airflow and t... Read More

Computational fluid dynamics modelling of an entire synchronous generator for improved thermal management (2013)
Journal Article
Connor, P. H., Pickering, S., Gerada, C., Eastwick, C., Micallef, C., & Tighe, C. (2013). Computational fluid dynamics modelling of an entire synchronous generator for improved thermal management. IET Electric Power Applications, 7(3), doi:10.1049/iet-epa.2012.0278. ISSN 1751-8660

This study is the first in a series dedicated to investigating the airflow and thermal management of electrical machines. Owing to the temperature dependent resistive losses in the machine's windings, any improvement in cooling provides a direct redu... Read More