News Flash, 22 October 2010:
CSIRO have offered a topic in motor design research for a PhD scholarship, namely:
“Optimum motor for constant power over a broad speed range for an electric vehicle”
The research will be quite theoretical, reviewing and extending the topic of field-weakening motors such as “Interior Permanent Magnet” motors. Finite element analysis (almost certainly ANSYS) will be used, but also one or more prototypes will be designed, built and tested.
Details are linked from http://www.csiro.au/org/Flagship-Postgrad-Scholarships.html#2 . Closing date is 30 November 2010.
Prospective applicants may wish to consider UTS to host the PhD and should call myself, Peter Watterson, or Prof Jianguo Zhu. More top-up scholarships than full scholarships are likely to be available and so students should ideally also apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award APA (though even if you get the APA, you may or may not get the CSIRO scholarship). As detailed in http://www.gradschool.uts.edu.au/prospective/ScholarshipsandSupport/postgradscholarships.html#apa
APA applications close for UTS on 31 October 2010, so move fast! APA scholarships are open to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
Broadway NSW 2007,
Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Information
Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering (first half of week, alternate Wednesdays) Ph (02)94137529.
Peter Watterson completed an Honours BSc, with applied
mathematics emphasis, at
Peter’s primary research interest is electric motor and generator design. For a new motor application, he first seeks the most appropriate motor type, often arriving at a novel topology of the basic engineering materials - magnets, iron and copper. Then he uses computer software to optimise the design, with the performance of each possible design assessed by a finite element solution of Maxwell’s equations for the electromagnetic fields in the motor or generator.
Peter has completed many machine design research and consulting jobs. Up to 1998, these were mostly in collaboration with the CSIRO. The formation of the Centre for Intelligent Mechatronic Systems within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at UTS has brought all the necessary expertise together for the design, construction and testing of electric machine prototypes. Some projects are completed within a subset of this Group called the “Centre for Electrical Machines and Power Electronics”, CEMPE.
Peter welcomes any enquiries on electric machine design or mathematical problems.
Peter has been a key member in the following sucessfully completed research projects:
Early Ventrassist prototype (1998) made at UTS.
· The Sunshine Heart “artificial heart” device. Peter co-ordinated a CEMPE team in the design, construction and commissioning of the motor mechanism and controller for the device, which pumps blood by squeezing the aorta out of time with the natural heart (“extra-aortic counterpulsation”).
· Electric motors for a hybrid (solar, wind and LPG powered) catamaran ferry, Solar Sailor. A light, efficient, corrosion resistant 40 kW motor and matching controller were designed and a pair of each was built, one for each hull, the prototypes going into service just in time for the Sydney Olympics 2000.
Wind turbine generator design for the Australian
CRC for Renewable Energy (now closed). Three units of a 20 kW generator designed
by colleagues at UTS and CSIRO are installed in the Westwind turbines in
Appliances exploiting motors for which Peter was the principal designer have received many awards, including:
· 2001 Solar Sailor electric ferry awarded joint overall winner of the 2000-2001 Australian Design Award, citing UTS high efficiency electric motors for marine applications as one of their three key design features.
· 2001 Business /Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Collaborative R&D for Small-Medium sized Companies and Project/Program 18 mths-5 years in train, won in collaboration with MicroMedical (now Ventracor) for Ventrassist Implantable Rotary Blood Pump.
· 2004 Ventrassist blood pump - Engineers Australia Award for Excellence in Engineering Design, included as part of the 2004 Australian Design Awards.
2004 Ventrassist blood pump - DuPont
Australian Patent 735783 "Improvements in High Speed Rotor Shafts", R.D. Conry, R. Dietzel, H.Y.Lin, H.C. Lovatt & P.A.Watterson coinventors, sealed 25/10/01.
US Patent No. 7,306,558 "Fluid Pressure Generating Means", Will Peters, Hans Heinrichsen, Peter Watterson, 21 pages, granted 11/12/07.
US Patent No. 7,347,811 "Heart Assistance Device Utilising Aortic Deformation", William S. Peters, Scott H. Miller, Peter A. Watterson, 39 pages, granted 25 March 2008.
· ‘Energy Calculation of a Permanent Magnet System by Surface and Flux Integrals (the “Flux-MMF method”)’. P.A. Watterson, IEEE Trans. Magnetics, vol. 36, no. 2, March 2000, 470-475.