Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a young university, founded in 1956 by industry, local government and academia. Today, their spirit of collaboration is still at the heart of the university community. We foster an open culture where everyone feels free to exchange ideas and take initiatives.
Eindhoven University of Technology offers academic education that is driven by fundamental and applied research. Our educational philosophy is based on personal attention and room for individual ambitions and talents. Our research meets the highest international standards of quality. We push the limits of science, which puts us at the forefront of rapidly emerging areas of research.
Eindhoven University of Technology combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on mentality. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. We understand things by making them and we make things by understanding them.
Our campus is in the centre of one of the most powerful technology hubs in the world: Brainport Eindhoven. Globally, we stand out when it comes to collaborating with advanced industries. Together with other institutions, we form a thriving ecosystem with one common aim – to improve quality of life through sustainable innovations.
The Electromechanics and Power Electronics group is one of the nine research groups of the Department of Electrical Engineering at TU/e. The group is the main centre for research in electromechanical power conversion and power electronics in the Netherlands. The research is aligned with the three main strategic research themes of Eindhoven University of Technology,
i.e. Energy, Health and Smart Mobility.
This PhD position is part of the HiEFFICIENT Research and Innovation Action, an interdisciplinary European Joint Undertaking project with 21 involved companies, 3 research institutes and 9 academic institutions. Within HiEFFICIENT the project partners will work towards the goals of the European “Green Deal” initiative that strives for sustainable mobility and efficient use of resources. The goal is to develop the next generation of wide bandgap semiconductors (WBG) in the area of smart mobility. The partners will work in industrial use cases to demonstrate key achievements of using WBG semiconductors and the progress that goes beyond state of the art in automotive applications. This includes, amongst others, modular inverters with different voltage levels, multi-purpose DC/DC converters and test systems for power electronics’ lifetime testing.
TU/e will be involved in Use Case 2a (Multidrive e-powertrain). The scope of this use case is the development of an integrated smart modular electric drive system for a multi-motor battery electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV) up to 400V battery voltage, able to satisfy the application requirements. Different system options will be evaluated with the aim to balance overall architecture optimization and subsystems level of integration. The development objectives are aimed at the improvement of the efficiency, the reduction of the dimensions and improvement of the thermal behavior to reach the largest power density as possible, and maximize powertrain reliability.
The focus of TU/e in Use Case 2a is on single-point failures caused by WBG semiconductors
(and their ancillary circuits) in the integrated Powertrain. The candidate will develop a method to quickly detect and identify failures, and a subsequent strategy for circuit topology reconfiguration and fail-operational control leading to fault-tolerant operation of the remaining healthy motors.
Your main research directions will be:
As a PhD student, you will be working in the Electromechanics and Power Electronics (EPE) group in the Electrical Engineering department. Weekly meetings will be held with the direct supervisors, and regular meetings will occur with the academic and industrial project partners.
The PhD candidate for the NEON project should fulfil the following requirements:
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
dr. Jorge Duarte, j.l.duarte[at]tue.nl.
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