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Wireless charging of electric vehicles

Wireless Power Transfer has the potential to revolutionise traditional 'wired' Power Transfer in many applications like tablets, smartphones, etc. In this project the focus will be on the wireless charging of Electric Vehicles (EV). There are many different configurations which can be used (inductive, capacitive, and hybrid coupling).

The main task is to transfer the maximum power from the charging unit to the EV in the shortest time possible. The project also involves Vehicle to Grid Technology where the EVs can be seen as mobile generators with a short response time.

The supervisor, Dr Darwish, has contributed to over 200 research papers in leading journals and conferences. He has supervised more than 30 PhD and MPhil research students and was the Principle Investigator for an EPSRC grant (Programmable Tuned Filters for Retrofit Applications) and for a KTP grant (Power Quality Solutions) and recently the Principle investigator to £1m Innovate UK grant (revolutionary low-loss cable). His research interests include Power Active Filtering techniques, UPS systems, Electric Vehicles, and Power Quality issues.

In your research proposal you need to cover the following points:

  • Brief literature review
  • The key idea of your proposed research
  • What makes your your research idea stand out -
  • What timescales do you anticipate for completion (Gantt Chart)
  • Key references

References

F. Lu, H. Zhang, H. Hofmann and C. C. Mi, "An Inductive and Capacitive Combined Wireless Power Transfer System With LC-Compensated Topology," in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 31, no. 12, pp. 8471-8482, Dec. 2016.

L. Patnaik, P. S. Huynh, D. Vincent and S. S. Williamson, "Wireless Opportunity Charging as an Enabling Technology for EV Battery Size Reduction and Range Extension: Analysis of an Urban Drive Cycle Scenario," 2018 IEEE PELS Workshop on Emerging Technologies: Wireless Power Transfer (Wow), Montréal, QC, 2018.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.