Dynamic load management for synthetic inertia control PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

As conventional steam generators are coming to their end of life, the inertia on the grid is dropping and it could become more expensive for National Grid to maintain grid stability. This PhD looks at using a novel, low cost power electronic driven solution connected to suitable loads to provide a form of synthetic inertia to assist with grid response. This solution could help with increasing renewable generation on the grid while keeping energy costs down.

The PhD will include design of the system and identification of suitable loads, topology design of the power electronic converter, modelling the converter, designing the control scheme and building and testing the system in a laboratory environment. The work will enable the student to enhance their skills set in hardware and control of power electronics, power systems and control.


Primary supervisor: Dani Strickland

Secondary supervisor: Andrew Cross

Find out more

For further project details email Dani Strickland or register your interest and ask us a question.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in electrical and electronic engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: power electronics, power systems and control systems.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a ( provisional) , plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

How to apply

All applications should be made online.  Under program name, select Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS01

Application details

Reference number:  WS01
Start date: 01 October 2018
Application deadline: 09 March 2018