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Research EngineerRichard Strahan

Link, room 204
Internal Phone: 95907
Inspired by the excitement of discovery and invention and to make things better

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Present research: Linear actuators, magnetic levitation (MagLev), and small-scale distributed generation.

Specialty: Electromagnetics, magnetics, electric machines, and electro-mechanical actuators, with primarily application to small brushless permanent magnet motors. This includes expertise in the design of brushless motors and actuators for ultra high temperature environments.

Recent Publications

  • Strahan RJ. (2020) EPECentre submission to MBIE - discussion document accelerating renewable energy and energy efficiency. MBIE.
  • Strahan RJ., Berry P. and McCready S. (2020) Electricity Engineers' Association of NZ Submission to Electricity Authority: Integrating hosting capacity into small-scale distributed generation connections – consultation paper. Electricity Authority (NZ).
  • Strahan RJ. (2019) Electricity Engineers' Association Review of AEMO Technical Integration of Distributed Energy Resources - Improving DER capabilities to benefit consumers and the power system - a report and consultation paper (March 2019). .
  • Strahan RJ., Clendon J. and Berry P. (2019) Electricity Engineers' Association of NZ submission to Electricity Authority: Integrating hosting capacity into Part 6 on low voltage networks. Electricity Authority (NZ).
  • Strahan RJ. (2018) Electricity Engineers' Association (EEA) Distributed Generation Interim Guide and Electricity Authority Issues paper update, AUFLS – Update and Scope, GREENGrid Industry Advisory Panel researchers’ meeting. University of Canterbury: 29 Nov 2018.

Dr Richard Strahan is a specialist in the field of motor design. He is as a consultant to electrical machine manufacturers helping with design and development of motors for a variety of applications. He has worked with a large European manufacturer on new brushless motor technology he has pioneered. He was awarded the IET 2006 Premium Award for Proceedings - Electric Power Applications for best annual paper in this leading journal. Richard also provides research & development expertise for the solution of electromagnetic problems such as actuators and sensors. His analytic ability and creativity are his strengths. Richard studied for the Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Canterbury from 1989 to 1992.  Immediately following this he completed his doctoral degree at the same University. The area of research was in the design of small motors with the Thesis title “Energy Conversion by Permanent Magnet Machines and Novel Development of the Single Phase Synchronous Permanent Magnet Motor”.

Richard has also held a post doctoral fellowship awarded by the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology at the University of Canterbury and has been an associate of the EPECentre for many years and joined the R&D team in 2009.