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Professor Xibo Yuan

Professor Xibo Yuan

Professor Xibo Yuan

Professor of Advanced Energy Conversion

Area of research

Electrical Energy Conversion

Office 4.26
Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road, Clifton BS8 1UB
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+44 (0) 117 954 5186

Summary

Power Electronics

Electric Machines and Drives

Application of wide-bandgap (SiC) devices for ultra-efficient and high-density converters

Sensorless control of induction motors and permanent magnet motors

Wind power generation using doubly fed induction generators and direct-drive permanent magnet generators

High-power, medium-voltage multilevel converter topology and control

Bi-directional battery charger and drive train design for electric vehicle

Power management in microgrid

More electric aircraft technologies

EMI and filter reduction for high power density power conversion systems with multilevel converters and soft-switching techniques

Biography

I joined the electrical energy management group (EEMG) at the University of Bristol as a Lecturer in 2011 after receiving my PhD degree in 2010 and became a Professor in 2017. I also hold the Royal Academy of Engineering/Safran Chair in Advanced Aircraft Electrical Power Generation Systems. I currently lead a team of 11 researchers (5 post-docs and 6 PhDs) working on power electronics converters and motor drives with active reseach grants of £3.5M. My current and past work inlcude application of wide-bandgap devices, multilevel converters and wind power generation. We have developed SiC converters from several kWs to 500kW. I am an executive committee member of the UK EPSRC National Centre for Power Electronics and the IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) network. I work very closely with industrial partners with technologies transferred to their products. I am the co-director of Safran-Bristol University Research Centre. 

We deliver training and short courses to industry covering power electronics and electrical drive systems and their recent development. Please contact me for details.  

 

Research Highlights: 

 A Holistic Approach to Optimise the Power Density of a Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFET based Three-Phase Converter

 A holistic converter design

A Four-level π-type Converter for Low-voltage Applications

Four-level_pi_type_converter

Performance Evaluation of Split Output Converters with SiC MOSFETs and SiC Schottky Diodes

Split output converter

 

Group Photo

 Group photo

Teaching

I teach units relating to power electronics, electrical drive and power systems. For example, I teach EENGM0001 Advanced Power Electronics Design, where you can learn how to use practical software to design control loops, printed circuit boards (PCBs), and practical hardware design considerations. More importantly, you will learn how to apply what you have learned in your previous years in real applications, e.g. in DC/DC or DC/AC converters. Cutting-edge research such as wide-bandgap power electronics will also be taught in my lectures.

Also, I arrange field trips for the students to visit industrail design and manufacture site as part of the lectures to experience the 'real' power electronics devices and applications.      

Some feedback from previous students:

"Thank you for engaging the class with this company and arranging the tour, it was a fantastic insight as an undergraduate.

I would encourage you and other lecturers to continue to provide these experiences to students as they are much appreciated."

Field trip 

 

 

Selected publications

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Courses

Professor Yuan currently teaches 4 courses:

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