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Dr Milutin Jovanovic

Reader in Electric Power Engineering

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Since 2000, Milutin have been with the Faculty of Engineering and Environment (formerly the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences) of Northumbria University at Newcastle, first as a senior lecturer and currently as a reader in power engineering.

Milutin -JovanovicI received the BEng and MEng degrees from the University of Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia), in 1987 and 1991 respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 1997, all in electrical engineering.

The beginning of my long academic career goes back to the period of 1987-1992 when I was a Lecturer in power converters and drives in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Belgrade. From 1992 until 1997 I was with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Newcastle, Australia, where I successfully completed my PhD studies (full-time internally funded studentship and overseas postgraduate research student award) on sensor-less control of synchronous reluctance machines, to be subsequently employed there as a Senior Research Associate.

I joined the School of Engineering of Liverpool John Moores University in 1998 as a Lecturer in Power Engineering. Since 2000, I’ve been with the Faculty of Engineering and Environment (formerly the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences) of Northumbria University at Newcastle, first as a senior lecturer and currently as a reader in power engineering. The main areas of my expertise are applications of electrical machines & drives and wind energy conversion systems (foremost control of wind turbine generators).

I lectured a range of power engineering subjects in the areas of electric machines/drives, renewable energy, power electronics and/or power systems across different undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In addition, I had many invited presentations at reputable universities and scientific institutions across Europe (e.g. UK, Serbia, Slovenia, Italy, Turkey, France), China and Australia including continuous links with one the leading European graduate schools in electrical engineering, Ecole National Supérieure de l’Electronique et de ses Applications (ENSEA) in France, through ERASMUS teaching mobility grant schemes over the last 4 year

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Qualifications

BEng, MEng, PhD, SMIEEE

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests are mainly in control and applications of electric drives (synchronous reluctance type in particular) and variable speed generator systems for wind turbines, especially doubly-fed topologies (both traditional induction machine and emerging brushless reluctance technologies).

The most important projects in the aforementioned areas are the 3-year EPSRC grants for which I was the principal investigator:
- “Performance comparison of traditional and emerging doubly-fed generator topologies for grid connected wind power applications”, with Newcastle University (UK), Shenyang University of Technology (China) and Scottish & Southern Energy Group, 2008-11.
- “Sensorless direct torque control of brushless doubly-fed reluctance machines”, 2000-03.
I was a co-investigator on the following collaborative Australian Research Council (ARC) research projects with the University of Newcastle, Australia:
- “Design and Sensorless Control of Brushless Doubly-Fed Reluctance Machines”, ARC large grant, 2001-04.
- “Control of brushless doubly-fed induction and reluctance machines”, ARC large grant, 1997-2000.

I have also been successful in attracting internal RDF for developing and/or upgrading the existing/new test facilities in the UNN power laboratory for:
(1) traditional slip-ring induction machine (DFIG) and emerging brushless doubly-fed reluctance machines (BDFRM) for wind turbines;
(2) research on other types of electric machines/drives systems (e.g. Brushless DC, permanent magnet synchronous and induction machines);

It is also worth mentioning my visiting research fellowships at Newcastle University Australia in 2001 and 2007/08, the multiple Royal Society conference travel awards (in 1999, 2005, 2006 and 2007), the R&D project on electric bikes, and consultancy contracts on induction machine (e.g. Alstom) or synchronous reluctance motor drives for electric vehicles (e.g. General Motors), PhD completions (four to date) with five on-going PhD project supervisions (some near completion), several PhD/EngD internal and external examinations etc.

Other aspects of my national/international esteem include professional recognitions such as IEEE senior membership, numerous steering/technical committee and editorial board memberships, invited lectures, a number of special session organisations/chairing at major conferences etc.

Sponsors and Collaborators

My latest research on control of emerging brushless doubly-fed reluctance generators (BDFRG) have recently received industrial interest from the reputable companies such as: Rolls Royce (Derby) and Siemens Wind Power (Keele), in terms of conducting feasibility studies for the machine use in large-scale wind power and/or aircraft applications. As a result of these active industrial contacts, one of my latest PhD graduates has been employed as a development engineer in the R&D department of the Siemens Power Converter Competence Centre in Keele. Furthermore, the Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) Ltd was one of the partners on my latest EPSRC project, and another of my former PhD graduates started his early career in this utility company, and continued in Scottish Power.

My latest research on control of emerging brushless doubly-fed reluctance generators (BDFRG) have recently received industrial interest from the reputable companies such as: Rolls Royce (Derby) and Siemens Wind Power (Keele), in terms of conducting feasibility studies for the machine use in large-scale wind power and/or aircraft applications. As a result of these active industrial contacts, one of my latest PhD graduates has been employed as a development engineer in the R&D department of the Siemens Power Converter Competence Centre in Keele. Furthermore, the Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) Ltd was one of the partners on my latest EPSRC project, and another of my former PhD graduates started his early career in this utility company, and continued in Scottish Power.

Key Publications

My research publication record currently consists of 104 published and/or accepted peer-reviewed papers in the major international journals (31) and/or conference (73) proceedings (organised by various technical societies of IEEE, IET and/or European Power Electronics association) with 17 of these (3 journal and 14 conference) being invited. In addition, I have 3 book-chapters (one invited) and patent applications filed. Some of the recently published work, including the awarded conference paper, is listed below.

[1] D. Atkinson, W. Cao, M. Jovanovic, et.all. “A doubly-fed induction generator test facility for grid fault ride-through analysis”, IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine, Vol. 15, Issue: 6, Dec 2012, pp. 20-27.

[2] M. Narayana, G. Putrus, M. Jovanovic et.all. “Generic Maximum Power Point Tracking Controller for Small Scale Wind Turbines”, Renewable Energy (Elsevier), Vol. 44, August 2012, pp. 72-79.

[3] Z. Yue, W.Fengxiang, X.Junqiang, M. Jovanovic and D. Atkinson, “Brushless Doubly-Fed Machines with Magnetic Barrier Rotor”, Transactions of China Electro-technical Society, July 2012.

[4] H. Chaal and M. Jovanovic, "Practical Implementation of Sensorless Torque and Reactive Power Control of Doubly-Fed Machines", Special Issue on Future Trends in Machines of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 59, Issue 6, June 2012, pp. 2645-2653.

[5] H. Chaal and M. Jovanovic, "Toward a Generic Torque and Reactive Power Controller for Doubly-Fed Machines", IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Vol. 27, No. 1, January 2012, pp. 113-120.

[6] H. Chaal and M. Jovanovic, "Power Control of Brushless Doubly-Fed Reluctance Drive and Generator Systems", Renewable Energy (Elsevier), Vol. 37, Issue 1, January 2012, pp. 419-425.

7] M. Narayana, G. Putrus, M. Jovanovic, et.all. “Development of a Model to Investigate the Yaw Behavior of Small Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines”, Proc. IMechE, Vol. 226, Part A: J. Power and Energy, 2012, pp. 86-97.

[8] M.Jovanovic, “Sensored and Sensorless Speed Control Methods for Brushless Doubly-Fed Reluctance Motors”, Proc. of IET Electr. Power Appl., 2009, Vol. 3, Issue 6, pp. 503–513.

[9] H. Chaal and M. Jovanovic, “Flux Observer Algorithms for Direct Torque Control of Brushless Doubly-Fed Reluctance Machines”, 35th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Porto, Portugal, November 2009. Winner of the IEEE-IES award.

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