Mathematical & computation techniques to enable hybrid network transient and fault analysis

Host Faculty: Engineering
General Subject Area: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Project Level: PhD
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This project is part of the wider Future Architecture of the Network (FAN) – Te Whatunga Hiko research project.

This project is focused on Workstream 1 (WS1) - Network Architecture, which will assess the impact of high penetration of DC on AC systems. The overall WS1 objective is to develop techniques to create large-scale hybrid AC/DC grid digital model encompassing transmission and distribution systems and enabling operational steady-state, dynamic and transient studies associated with distributed converter interfaced technologies.

This PhD project will address the challenges associated with modelling hybrid AC/DC networks for the purposes of transient and fault analysis. The research will address the required detail in modelling of the system including converter and controls to mimic the behaviour of the converter and interaction with the system accurately. This will lead to the development of a tool enabling transient and fault analysis of large scale hybrid systems.

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Supervisor: Neville Watson

Key qualifications and skills

Holds a Bachelor Honours or a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field
• Good knowledge of power system grids and power electronics
• Experience with programming languages, e.g. MATLAB
• Familiarity with power system simulation tools e.g. PowerFactory DIgSILENT, PSCAD/EMTDC
• Excellent academic track record
• High proficiency in written and spoken English
• Enthusiastic applicants (any nationality) that want to make a positive impact in the world and can work in a collaborative environment
• Industrial or practical experience desirable
• A good knowledge on applicable mathematical analysis methods

Does the project come with funding

Yes - Fees and stipend

Final date for receiving applications



Network architecture, hybrid AC/DC systems, power systems