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. 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 4 (Multi-use DC Chargers) and Use Case 6a (Modular low-power DC/DC converter for vehicle solar panels). The use of WBG materials such as SiC and GaN enables high switching frequencies and steep rising edges (dv/dt), as well as high voltages. These characteristics enhance the efficiency of switching power supplies. However, a steep dv/dt increases the challenge to meet electromagnetic interference (EMI) compliance, and potentially causes over-voltages and insulation problems in drivetrains.
Based on the overall objectives of HiEFFICIENT -- higher integration, efficiency, and reliability --, the PhD candidate will investigate possible solutions to accurately control the dv/dt of the switching nodes in the power processing converters by applying soft-switching based auxiliary circuits, instead of using conventional voluminous and lossy dv/dt filters. Compared to a conventional hard-switched converter with dv/dt limiting ﬁlters, it is expected that the fast charging system with controlled voltage edges will achieve a quite large reduction in inductor volume, filter weight and in overall power loss.
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 HiEFFICIENT 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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