EEE Research Group

Research

The Electronic and Electrical Engineering Research group has a wide variety of research projects underway. They range from Nanoelectronics to High Voltage Engineering including areas such as:

  • Advanced Materials and Devices
    • Smart Fabrics, MEMS Sensors, Energy Harvesting, Magnetic Materials
  • Energy and Power Engineering
    • Superconductors, Dielectrics, High Voltage Systems, Power Electronics, Renewable Energy Systems, PV Systems
  • Electronic Systems and Devices
    • Integrated Circuit Design, Novel Devices, Low Power Electronics
  • Modeling and Simulation
    • Behavioural Modeling, Simulator Algorithms, Electronic Design Automation
  • Healthcare and Medical Engineering
    • Prosthetic Limbs
  • Sensor Networks and Embedded Systems
    • Wireless Sensor Networks, Embedded Processors

Projects include:

Active projects

'SPHERE' - a Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment

From October 2013 to 2018.

Principle investigator: Professor Steve Beeby.

The UK's healthcare system faces unprecedented challenges. We are the most obese nation in Europe and our ageing population is especially at risk from isolation, depression, strokes and fractures...

A Structured Hardware/Software Architecture for Sensor Nodes

From October 2005.

Principle investigators: Dr Geoff Merrett, asw05r.

This research has proposed a hardware/software architecture that provides equal weighting to all node functions; for example, communications, energy management, intelligent sensing, locationing and...

Charge transport mechanisms in corona charged polymeric materials

Principle investigators: Professor George Chen, Dr Mihai Rotaru.

Polymeric electrets have been widely used as a sensor due to their light weight and low cost. The long term performance and relaibility of the sensors rely on the charge stability. Surface potential...

Computational modelling of the process of electrical breakdown in a dielectric fluid

From 2011.

Principle investigators: cj8g11, Professor Paul Lewin.

This project is concerned with modeling conduction process in liquid dielectrics, specifically where transformer oil is subjected to high electric stress. The physical processes including the...

Design-of-Experiment (DOE) techniques in electronic design automation

From 2009.

Principle investigators: Prof. Tom Kazmierski, Mansour Aloufi.

Design of Experiment (DOE) is a technique used to make effective and controlled experimentation and simulations, it helps in reducing the number of simulation runs. This will be very helpful in...

Design-of-Experiment (DOE) techniques in electronic design automation

From 2009.

Principle investigator: Prof. Tom Kazmeirski.

Design of Experiment (DOE) is a technique used to make effective and controlled experimentation and simulations, it helps in reducing the number of simulation runs. This will be very helpful in...

Development of a Hollow Cathode Thruster

From 2012.

Principle investigator: Professor Steve Gabriel.

Electric propulsion (EP) can provide an order of magnitude increase in the specific impulse over conventional chemical propulsion giving significant reductions in the mass of propellant needed for a...

Dielectrics for high temperature superconducting applications

From December 2009.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, djs.

After the discovery of high temperature superconductor in 1986, the interest in the power applications of superconducting has increased dramatically. With a number of successful in-field...

Electric Field Determination in DC Polymeric Power Cable in the Presence of Space Charge and Temperature Gradient

Principle investigator: Professor George Chen.

Dielectric breakdown phenomena pose major scientific and technological problems. The degradation of polymer insulation under high electric stress is associated with space charge formation. In fact,...

Electric Field Determination in DC Polymeric Power Cable in the Presence of Space Charge and Temperature Gradient

Principle investigator: Professor George Chen.

Dielectric breakdown phenomena pose major scientific and technological problems. The degradation of polymer insulation under high electric stress is associated with space charge formation. In fact,...

Energy Consumption Analysis of Error Resilient Communication Protocols for Body Area Wireless Sensor Network Applications

From October 2008.

Principle investigator: ll08r.

There is demand for Body Area Wireless Sensor Networks (BAWSNs) in which the sensor nodes are small and light, preventing the use of bulky batteries. In order to maximise the length of time that the...

Energy-Harvesting Sensor Nodes

From October 2005.

Principle investigators: asw05r, Dr Neil J Grabham, Dr Nick R Harris, Professor Neil White.

To develop and demonstrate an integrated approach to power management such that sensors within a sensor network are able to manage their energy requirements, and harvest energy from the local...

Insulation for high voltage dc power transformer

Principle investigator: Professor George Chen.

High voltage DC power transmission technology has attracted considerable attention and will play an important role in the UK future transmission system. This project investigates the performance of...

Joint Sensing, Communications and Intelligence Techniques for Body Area Wireless Sensor Networks

From October 2009.

Principle investigator: nw7g08.

Body Area Wireless Sensor Networks (BAWSNs) have numerous applications. These typically involve the sensing of physiological data in a number of sensor nodes placed at various points on the body, the...

Large-Scale Clustering Algorithms for Wireless Sensor Networks

From October 2006.

Principle investigator: pneb06r.

To develop algorithms and protocols that can improve the scalability of sensor networks by using cluster-based routing mechanisms. The network must be able to balance energy consumption between nodes...

Lightweight Signal Processing Algorithms and Architectures for Pervasive Healthcare

From October 2007.

Principle investigator: aa07r.

Recent advancements in wireless communication and wireless sensor network have opened up significant opportunity in futuristic healthcare and heath monitoring system development. Using sophisticated...

Low-Cost, Long-Term Distributed Patient Research Platform

From October 2007.

Principle investigator: ddj07r.

The group intends to develop a Long-term Patient Monitoring Research Platform to support and assist health-care providers. The Research platform, which does not intend to rely on a central server or...

Magnetic Field Technologies to support Multi-Sensor Device

From 2009.

Principle investigators: Prof Steve Swingler, Professor Paul Lewin.

Mapping the underworld (MTU) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-university, research project has been funded by EPSRC to develop the means to locate, map in 3-D and record, using a single shared...

Magnetic Field Technologies to support Multi-Sensor Device

From 2009.

Principle investigators: Prof Steve Swingler, Professor Paul Lewin.

Mapping the underworld (MTU) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-university, research project has been funded by EPSRC to develop the means to locate, map in 3-D and record, using a single shared...

Microfluidic characterization of stem cell heterogeneity

From October 2015 to October 2019.

Principle investigators: Dr Maurits de Planque, Dr Nicholas Evans (Medicine).

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be isolated from the bone marrow and may be used for regenerative medicine applications because they can differentiate into fat, cartilage and bone cells. However,...

Nanopore resistive pulse sensing for molecular diagnostics

From 2014 to 2018.

Principle investigators: Dr Maurits de Planque, Dr Philip Williamson (Biological Sciences).

Relatively recently it has been demonstrated that nanopores can be used for label-free detection of single biomolecules. Conceptually this is similar to a classical Coulter counter, where the passage...

Optimization of a PPT for nano and pico satellite applications

From 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor Steve Gabriel, Michele Coletti.

The aim of the research is to study the factors affecting the lifetime of pulsed plasma thruster (PPT) for nano and pico satellites applications and to optimize their performance whilst keeping...

Potential decay of corona charged LDPE film

Typical space charge distribution in a corona charged sample.

Principle investigator: Professor George Chen.

The study of the potential decay in dielectric materials has a long history and is closely related to the wide application of corona charged dielectrics. One of the phenomenon that has an important...

ProteoGUV platforms

From 2014 to 2018.

Principle investigators: Dr Maurits de Planque, Dr Philip Williamson (Biological Sciences).

Over the last decade, giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) have emerged as a valuable tool for the study of membrane domains, receptor and ion channel function, membrane morphology, and also as models...

Redistributing WSN Energy Consumption

From 2008.

Principle investigator: Professor Rob Maunder.

The aim of this research is to beneficially redistribute energy consumption in wireless sensor networks. Typically, sensor nodes have scarce energy resources and must rely on energy harvesting to...

Reliable Low Power Circuit Design Techniques

From October 2008.

Principle investigator: sy08r.

With CMOS transistor size scaling leakage power consumption becomes an increasing problem for electronics system design. Mobile devices spend most of their time in idle mode. Idle circuit power...

RF time-of-flight ranging for WSNs

From October 2006.

Principle investigator: bt05r.

This project aims to develop a narrow-band RF-based Time-of-Flight (ToF) ranging method with sub-meter ranging resolution which can be adopted in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) for the purpose of...

RF-based time-of-flight locationing system

From October 2006.

Principle investigator: bt05r.

To develop a narrow-band RF-based Time-of-Flight (TOF) locationing system with sub-meter positioning resolution which can be used to location nodes within wireless sensor networks (WSNs). This will...

Self Tuning Wireless Power Transmission

Principle investigator: Willliam Redman-White.

Investigation of architectures for self tuning resonant wireless power with focus on IC implementations

Simulating and Modelling Wireless Sensor Networks

From October 2004.

Principle investigator: Dr Geoff Merrett.

Project Aims Simulation is heavily used in WSN research, but results are only as realistic as the models that they are built around. To ensure a close correlation between simulation and practical...

Space charge measurement and analysis in polyethylene film

Principle investigator: Professor George Chen.

The growing requirement for reliability of insulation systems gives researchers more responsibility to investigate new techniques of monitoring and diagnosis of dielectrics. It is well known that the...

Subsea HVDC connections

From 2011.

Principle investigators: Dr Simon Sutton, Professor Paul Lewin, Professor Steve Swingler.

Although HVDC subsea cable links have been built since the mid-1950s, liberalisation of energy markets and the construction of larger windfarms further offshore has led to a rapid increase in the...

System Level Harvested-Energy Management

From November 2008.

Principle investigator: Professor Bashir M Al-Hashimi.

The severe constraints imposed by limited battery life on applications such as remote unattended sensing has led to a ever-growing interest in realizing perpetually-powered, batteryless embedded...

Towards Enhanced HVDC Cable Systems

From October 2014 to October 2018.

Principle investigators: Professor George Chen, Professor Simon Rowland, Professor Steve Swingler, Professor Paul Lewin.

For the UK to meet legally binding renewable targets by year 2020 and beyond, a series of wind farms are under construction, and more new projects are being developed. The offshore grids and their...

Unobtrusive Welfare Monitoring System

From October 2006.

Principle investigator: sjs05r.

This project is investigating the development and demonstration of a pervasive home welfare monitoring system. The system aims to use unobtrusive sensors for early detection and automated reporting...

Wireless Sensor Networks for Localised Maritime Monitoring

From October 2006.

Principle investigator: pneb06r.

To develop algorithms and protocols that can improve the scalability of sensor networks by using cluster-based routing mechanisms. The network must be able to balance energy consumption between nodes...

WSNs for Real-Time Motion Detection and Tracking

From October 2007.

Principle investigator: ebm07r.

One of the directions that Wireless Sensor Networks are considered to play an important role, is in motion detection and target tracking systems. This research focuses on employing l ...

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Previous projects

A Practical Assessment of ILC Control Stategies

From 2001 to 2004.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Professor Eric Rogers.

To implement and evaluate Iterative Learning Control algorithms on a rig especially designed for this purpose. This rig will be linear, non-minimum phase, SISO, and time invariant. It is expected...

Adaptive Energy-Aware Sensor Networks

From October 2006 to 2009.

Principle investigator: Prof. Alex Rogers.

This project is addressing the need for an integrated approach that allows sensors deployed within a sensor network to manage their own local energy requirements, and where possible, harvest energy...

Advanced dielectric materials

From 2011 to 2013.

Principle investigators: Professor Alun S Vaughan, Dr Ian L Hosier.

With political pressure to adopt renewable sources of energy such as wind, wave, solar and tidal comes the need to distribute power from the point of generation to the national distribution grid in a...

Advanced NAno-Structured TApeS for electrotechnical high power Insulating Applications (ANASTASIA)

From 2010 to 2013.

Principle investigators: naf08r, Professor Alun S Vaughan, Martin Reading.

The objective is to develop radically innovative electrical insulating tapes and process to improve the energy conversion efficiency of electrotechnical systems. It mainly addresses the electric...

Allergen Denaturing

Principle investigators: Prof J F Hughes, Miss S C Higgins.

Use of essential oils for allergen denaturing.

An investigation into partial discharge sources and locations along the high voltage transformers

From October 2010 to 2014.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Paolo Rapisarda.

This project is concerned with a new approach to the condition monitoring and measurement for Partial discharge (PD) especially in terms of its location along high voltage transformer windings. PD...

An Investigation into the structure and properties of Polyethylene Oxide Nanocomposites

From December 2006 to November 2009.

Principle investigator: Professor Alun S Vaughan.

The main aim of my research within the Electrical Power Engineering (EPE) group revolves around electrical investigations on Polymer nanocomposite materials. My host polymer is Polyethylene oxide...

Application of Statistical Rating Techniques to Wind Farm Export Cable Systems

From October 2012 to October 2016.

Principle investigators: Dr James A Pilgrim, Professor Paul Lewin.

At present, the export cables connecting wind farms back to shore are sized based on a continuous current rating, as is common practice with cables on land. However, the generation profile of the...

Artificial Wet Neuronal Networks from Compartmentalised Excitable Chemical Media

From 2010 to October 2013.

Principle investigators: Dr. Klaus-Peter Zauner, Dr Maurits de Planque, Prof. Hywel Morgan, Prof. George Attard (Chemistry).

The NEUNEU research programme is concerned with the development of mass-producible chemical information processing components and their interconnection into functional architectures. The individual...

Automated Cable Inspection

Principle investigator: Professor Paul Lewin.

This research is concerned with the non-destructinve testing of cable insulation and associated semiconducting sheaths that insulate high voltage cables. The current inspection procedure for testing...

Bipolar Charging of Powders

Principle investigators: [hidden], Professor G S P Castle.

During powder handling powder particles collide with each other and with boundary walls and so charge. Particles are found to charge in a bipolar fashion, ie some particles are charged positively,...

Bipolar Charging of Powders

Principle investigators: [hidden], Professor G S P Castle.

During powder handling powder particles collide with each other and with boundary walls and so charge. Particles are found to charge in a bipolar fashion, ie some particles are charged positively,...

Breakthrough Studies on the Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) Coating Process

From October 2010 to 2013.

Principle investigator: Dr Igor Golosnoy.

Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) is a novel surface engineering technology, allowing relatively thick oxide coatings to be formed on metal parts. The process is superficially similar to the more...

Charge Transport in Nanodielectrics

From 2010 to 2013.

Principle investigators: kyl1g10, Professor Alun S Vaughan, Professor George Chen.

Although nanocomposites have been exploited for many years in connection with their enhanced mechanical properties, the potential of these materials for use in electrical systems has only recently...

Charge transport mechanisms in corona charged polymeric materials

Polymeric electrets have been widely used as a sensor due to their light weight and low cost. The long term performance and reliability of the sensors rely on the charge stability. Surface potential...

Charge transport mechanisms in corona charged polymeric materials

Principle investigators: Professor George Chen, Dr Mihai Rotaru.

Polymeric electrets have been widely used as a sensor due to their light weight and low cost. The long term performance and relaibility of the sensors rely on the charge stability. Surface potential...

Condition monitoring and prognostic indicators for network reliability

From 2012 to 2015.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Dr James A Pilgrim, sc10g09.

Large-scale investment in transmission and distribution networks are planned over the next 10-15 years to meet future demand and changes in power generation. However, it is important that existing...

Continuous Online PD Monitoring for HV Cables

From October 2002 to 2005.

Principle investigator: Professor Paul Lewin.

This project is concerned with the development of a novel technique for the remote inspection and monitoring of partial discharge events in high voltage cable systems using an optical network. The...

Control of a multifingered adaptive end effector

From October 1997 to 2001.

Principle investigators: rmc, Dr Paul H Chappell.

The research objectives are as follows: Development of a complete 3D static and dynamic model of three-fingered fully adaptive end effector. Based on the model and knowledge of the user...

Control of Cable Tunnel Ventilation

From October 2011 to December 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Dr James A Pilgrim.

National Grid’s cable tunnel network is a vital component of the power transmission grid within the London area, with the length of cable installed in tunnels scheduled to increase significantly in...

CREATIF

From October 2013 to 2016.

Principle investigators: Dr John Tudor, Dr Russel N Torah.

CREATIF provides the CCI with a creative experience collaborative tool consisting of intuitive software design tools coupled to a digital dispenser printer allowing them to create bespoke smart...

Cryogenic Dielectrics

From October 2007 to October 2012.

Principle investigator: Professor Paul Lewin.

Following on from the group's previous research in superconducting power applications, this project investigates the behaviour of dielectric insulation in the cryogenic temperature domain. In order...

Cryptographic Synthesis

From October 2004 to October 2007.

Principle investigator: Dr Peter R Wilson.

Cyclic and person-centric Health management : Integrated appRoach for hOme, mobile and clinical eNvironments

From 2010 to 2013.

Principle investigator: Koushik Maharatna.

The CHIRON Project intends to combine state-of-the art technologies and innovative solutions into an integrated framework designed for an effective and person-centric health management along the...

Degradation Behaviour of Voids in Silicone Rubber under Applied AC Electric Fields

From October 2010 to October 2014.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, tb6g10.

This project is concerned with experimental and simulation studies into the degradation processes that occur when voids in solid dielectric materials experience high applied electric fields. A method...

Design and Human Evaluation of Haptic Devices for Hand Rehabilitation from Sensory Deficits due to Neurological Impairment

From 2010 to December 2010.

Principle investigators: Dr Geoff Merrett, Dr Cheryl D Metcalf.

Sensory feedback is essential for motor learning and critical to recovery from neurological impairment, such as stroke. In neurological conditions, sensory deficits are often present, limiting the...

Design and optimisation of the high temperature superconducting generator with a coreless rotor

From 2006 to 2009.

Principle investigators: Professor Jan K Sykulski, Dr Mihai Rotaru.

The use of virtually resistance-free superconducting windings in electrical machines is very attractive, since it offers the prospect of greatly reduced losses. The application of High Temperature...

Design, build and test a high temperature superconducting demonstration synchronous generator

From October 2000 to 2004.

Principle investigators: Professor Jan K Sykulski, Professor C Beduz, Dr Y Yang, Dr N Stephen.

Project objectives: 1. Design, build and test a demonstrator generator to assess the potential of HTS technology in electric power applications. 2. Study fundamental problems associated with the...

Development of a Hollow Cathode Thruster

From 2012 to 2015.

Principle investigator: Professor Steve Gabriel.

Electric propulsion (EP) can provide an order of magnitude increase in the specific impulse over conventional chemical propulsion giving significant reductions in the mass of propellant needed for a...

Dielectric Response of Nanostructured Systems

From October 2011 to 2015.

Principle investigator: Professor Alun S Vaughan.

The use of polymers as effective solid dielectrics within high voltage equipment has been considered in recent years, with a focus on the dielectric properties of these materials being determined. ...

Dynamic Photo Voltaic Arrays

From 2011 to 2014.

Principle investigator: Dr Peter R Wilson.

An investigation into dynamic photo voltaic array structures for the optimal power output of PV arrays under a variety of conditions including shading

Dynamic Ratings for improved Operational Performance

From 2012 to 2015.

Principle investigators: Dr James A Pilgrim, Professor Paul Lewin, Prof Steve Swingler.

The installed length of cable circuits on the 400kV network has increased substantially in the last decade, particularly in London but also in rural areas where the use of overhead lines has become...

Effect of LN2 Bubble Dynamics on Insulation Performance of High Temperature Superconducting Power Apparatus

From October 2000 to October 2003.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Professor George Chen.

This project has been established by the Electrical Power Engineering Group at the University of Southampton, and its collaborators the National Grid Company and Pirelli Cables to address some...

Effect of nucleating agent on a polyethylene blend

From 2005 to October 2008.

Principle investigator: Professor Alun S Vaughan.

Morphology of polymers has been widely studied in order to enhance their structural properties. In the case of polyolefin, additives are often used to modify the morphology and improve the...

Effect of oil passivation on the electrical properties of high voltage transformers

From 2011 to October 2015.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Dr James A Pilgrim.

In recent years a significant volume of research has been undertaken in order to understand the recent failures in oil insulated power apparatus due to deposition of copper sulphide on the conductors...

Electrically Small Antennas - Very High Permittivity Dielectric Resonator Antenna

From 2007 to December 2008.

Principle investigator: Dr Mihai Rotaru.

Each mobile phone has a large number of small antennas for communication over several GSM and WCDMA bands, for Bluetooth and WLAN, and more mobile phones are also using integrated GPS, DVB-H, etc....

Electrostatic aerosol charging

Principle investigators: Prof J F Hughes, Dr L F Gaunt.

Development of passive charge-on-demand aerosol aerosol container for domestic products.

Electrostatic Air Care

Principle investigators: Prof J F Hughes, Dr L F Gaunt.

Development of naturally-charged aerosol system for enhanced removal of airborne dust and allergens.

Electrostatic Allergen Control

Principle investigators: Prof J F Hughes, Dr N Goodman.

Evaluation of the effects of unipolar ionic bombardment on the denaturing of Der p1, Der f1, Fel d1 and Der p2 allergens. Both negative and positive ions have been shown to cause varying levels of...

Electrostatic Bacteria Kill

Principle investigators: Em Prof John Hughes, Mr J Noyce.

Exposure of E Coli bacteria to unipolar ions shows varying levels of bacteria kill. Both negative and positive ions effective for culture grown bacteria and biofilms.

Electrostatic Charging of Insulators

From October 2001 to 2002.

Principle investigators: [hidden], Professor Alun S Vaughan, Professor Paul Lewin.

Although much is known, phenomenologically, about the electrostatic charging behaviour of insulator surfaces, many fundamental aspects of the process remain unclear. In this study we are applying...

Electrostatic Separation of Water from Oil

Principle investigator: [hidden].

A compact electrostatic coalescer which enables the online separation of water from crude oils has been developed. Fundamentals of the coalescence process as functions of various parameters such as...

Electrostatic Separation of Water from Oil

Principle investigator: [hidden].

A compact electrostatic coalescer which enables the online separation of water from crude oils has been developed. Fundamentals of the coalescence process as functions of various parameters such as...

Energy Harvesting Materials for Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles

From October 2010 to 2015.

Principle investigator: Professor Steve Beeby.

Smart fabrics and interactive textiles (SFIT) are defined as textiles that are able to sense stimuli from the environment and react or adapt to them in a predetermined way. For example, smart...

Energy Harvesting Network

From 2010 to December 2012.

Principle investigator: Professor Steve Beeby.

The Energy Harvesting Network is an EPSRC funded network of UK academic and industrial researchers and end-users of energy harvesting (EH) technology. Specifically, the primary objectives of the...

Energy- and Information-Management in Wireless Sensor Networks

From October 2004.

Principle investigator: Dr Geoff Merrett.

The development of wireless sensor networks presents extensive research challenges in retaining a "reasonable" network lifetime under constraints imposed by the limited energy reserves inherent in...

FEAR - Finite Element Analysis for cable Ratings

From October 2005 to 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Dr James A Pilgrim, Prof Steve Swingler.

This project aims to validate or improve existing cable ratings methods for high power cable transmission circuits used on the National Grid. FEA models are being developed to deal with a range of...

FEAR - Finite Element Analysis for cable Ratings

From October 2005 to 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Dr James A Pilgrim, Prof Steve Swingler.

This project aims to validate or improve existing cable ratings methods for high power cable transmission circuits used on the National Grid. FEA models are being developed to deal with a range of...

Ferroelectric composite sol-gel fabrication

From 2000 to 2003.

Principle investigators: Professor Neil White, Prof. Roger Whatmore, Cranfield University.

This research will benefit any device manufacturing that requires ferroelectric active layers with thickness in the range 10 to 100 microns. In the short term, investigations into both piezoelectric...

Flexible Rating Options for DC Operation

From 2012 to 2014.

Principle investigators: Prof Steve Swingler, Dr James A Pilgrim, Professor Paul Lewin.

This project aims to develop tools for the rating and technical assessment of high power HVDC cable systems with mass impregnated insulation. The calculation of current ratings for DC cable is...

Highly-efficient thermoelectric power harvesting, EPSRC EP/D076250

From November 2006 to 2010.

Principle investigator: NM White.

The project involves collaborative, multidisciplinary work combining materials research, device design and testing to develop a microgenerator/nanogenerator based on thermal power harvesting that can...

Impact of Seabed Properties on Ampacity and Reliability of Cables

From October 2012 to October 2015.

Principle investigators: Prof Steve Swingler, Dr James A Pilgrim.

HV subsea cables are frequently laid in trenches at the seabed and buried within local seabed materials, with little consideration of the thermal regime they will either enter or generate. The...

Impulse ageing of polymeric materials

From October 2007 to October 2010.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Prof Steve Swingler.

This project is concerned with establishing whether the occurence of switching/lightning impulses can lead to accelerated ageing of extruded cables. HDPE and XLPE material samples have been...

Influence of oil contamination on the electrical performance of power transformers

From 2011 to December 2013.

Principle investigators: Professor George Chen, Dr Igor Golosnoy.

Oil is an important part in power transformers. It serves as both the electrical insulation and coolant and is in contact with metals and the paper insulation. Contaminants such as metal filings or...

Instrumented Forearm Crutches for Patient Rehabilitation

The Instrumented Crutch System

From October 2008.

Principle investigators: Dr Geoff Merrett, Professor Neil White.

Forearm crutches are frequently used in the rehabilitation of an injury to the lower limb, by enabling the patient to reduce or remove weight-bearing on the affected limb. Both excessive loading and...

Integrating Renewable Energy Sources into a Domestic Environment

From November 2003 to October 2006.

Principle investigator: Dr Peter R Wilson.

2 year project developing a test installation of small scale renewable energy sources in a domestic environment. This includes Solar, Wind generation, Power management, control and monitoring.

Investigation into low noise Phase Locked Loops

From October 2006 to 2009.

Principle investigator: Dr Peter R Wilson.

Low Noise Phase Locked Loops

Iterative learning control for re-education of upper limb

From 2005 to December 2008.

Principle investigators: Professor Jane Burridge, Dr Christopher Freeman, amh, Dr Paul H Chappell.

When you practice playing tennis you become better at it, because new nerve connections have been made within your brain and spinal cord. Not only do you need to practice, but you also need feedback...

Iterative Learning Control of Multi-axis Systems

From October 2001 to October 2004.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Professor Eric Rogers.

The aim of the project is to implement Iterative Learning Control (ILC) on a multi-axis conveyor belt system, similar to those found in industry. Conveyor systems are widely used throughout industry...

Mechanical Deformation of Dielectrics

From November 2000 to October 2003.

Principle investigator: Professor Alun S Vaughan.

It is well known that mechanical forces can impact upon dielectric breakdown behaviour. In this project we are examining a range of issues associated with thermo-mechanical processes in high voltage...

Micro fabrication production technology for MEMS on new emerging smart textiles/flexibles

From November 2008 to November 2012.

Principle investigator: Professor Steve Beeby.

The Microflex project is a Framework program 7 EU funded project and was submitted to the FP7-NMP-2007-Large-1 call. The Microflex project is concerned with flexible materials in the form of high...

MICROFLEX

From November 2008 to October 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor Steve Beeby, Dr John Tudor.

MICROFLEX

From November 2008 to October 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor Steve Beeby, Dr John Tudor.

The project concerns flexible materials in the form of high added value smart fabrics/textiles which are able to sense stimuli and react or adapt to them in a predetermined way. The project will...

Microfluidic Devices for Structural Health Monitoring

From 2008 to 2011.

Principle investigators: Professor Robert Wood, Professor Keith Stokes, Dr Julian Wharton, Dr Nick R Harris, awc.

Microfluidic white blood cell arrays

From November 2011 to November 2015.

Principle investigator: Dr Maurits de Planque.

White blood cells play a central role in the body’s defence against bacterial, viral and fungal pathogens. In blood, there is only one white blood cell for every 1000 red blood cells, which makes...

Micromachined ultrasonic filter with thick-film piezoelectric drive for microfluidic applications

From 2001 to 2004.

Principle investigator: Professor Neil White.

Ultrasonic waves have been shown to provide a means of liquid/solid separation. When a standing wave is set up in a liquid, forces act on particles acting towards nodal planes within the liquid. The...

Microvolume dialysis for blood desalting

From October 2011 to October 2015.

Principle investigator: Dr Maurits de Planque.

Molecular diagnostic tools need to be capable of detecting specific biomolecules that serve as an indicator for a disease state, ideally in a robust and easy to use format, enabling implementation as...

Modelling and Measurement of Partial Discharges from a Spherical Cavity and Ellipsoidal Cavity

From 2008 to December 2010.

Principle investigators: Professor George Chen, Professor Paul Lewin.

The insulation used for a high voltage application is one of the most important components in any design because breakdown of the insulation may cause total failure of the whole component. The...

Modelling and Parameter Estimation of High Voltage Transformers for Partial Discharge Detection and Identification

From October 2006 to 2010.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, djs.

A partial discharge (PD) within a transformer can be considered as a high frequency transient event, therefore the development of high frequency models may inform the process of pd source location...

Modelling of surface discharges

From October 2006 to 2010.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Dr Igor Golosnoy.

To date, there have been a number of attempts in simulating surface discharge. These works generally fall into one of the two categories: stochastic or deterministic. Stochastic techniques are able...

Modelling of Thermal Damage in Carbon Fibre Composites

From October 2009 to 2013.

Principle investigators: Dr Igor Golosnoy, Professor Paul Lewin.

Our modelling of thermal damage in carbon fibre composites after lightning strike aims to simulate coupled electric current flow and thermal fields in composites structures during lightning strike,...

Modelling of Thermal Damage in Carbon Fibre Composites

From October 2009 to 2013.

Principle investigators: Dr Igor Golosnoy, Professor Paul Lewin.

Our modelling of thermal damage in carbon fibre composites after lightning strike aims to simulate coupled electric current flow and thermal fields in composites structures during lightning strike,...

Modelling the Aging Processes of Polymeric Insulation using Electroluminescence and Space Charge Measurement Data

From October 2008 to October 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Professor George Chen.

The lifetime of polymeric insulation is an area of particular interest due to the large and growing use of underground power cables. Breakdown of this insulation is a heavily researched area and this...

Monolithic Active Pixel Arrays

From 2001 to 2006.

Principle investigators: Professor Darren M Bagnall, Professor Bashir M Al-Hashimi.

A visible wavelength linear photosensor featuring a pixel size of 3 mm has been designed for fabrication using commercial 0.25 mm CMOS technology. For the photo-sensing element, the design uses a...

Multi-modal and self-cleaning instrumentation for the oil and gas industry using thick-film materials

From 2001 to 2003.

Principle investigators: Professor Neil White, Prof. Tom Dyakowski, UMIST, Dr Jack Hale, Newcastle University, Dr Artur Jaworski, Manchester University.

The project is a multi-disciplinary venture to design and manufacture novel instrumentation for monitoring oil/gas/water separation processes (up to 150 bar) and temperatures up to 150C. Multi-modal...

Multi-Processor Electronic Design Automation

From December 2008 to 2011.

Principle investigator: Professor Mark Zwolinski.

This is a collaborative project with MNIT, Jaipur and IISc, Bangalore, India, to investigate the porting of electronic design automation algorithms to multi-processor platforms.

Nanodielectrics for machine insulation

From December 2009 to December 2012.

Principle investigators: Prof. Alun S Vaughan, Prof. Paul Lewin.

Epoxy resins have been used extensively as the dielectric and the mechanical support in solid insulation systems, such as electrical machines. Recently, thanks to the development of nanotechnology,...

Nanodielectrics: relationships between polar and non polar molecules

From 2007 to December 2008.

Principle investigator: Professor Alun S Vaughan.

This research investigates how polar molecules can affect the behaviour of non polar polymer solids. In the recent years, there has been growing interest in nanocomposites based on a polymer matrix....

Next Generation Energy-Harvesting Electronics - Holistic Approach

From October 2009 to 2012.

Principle investigator: Professor Bashir M Al-Hashimi.

We are entering an era of electronic systems powered, or at least augmented, by energy harvesters. Future self-powered applications will require electronic systems that are more complex and compact...

Objective-based Iterative Learning Control for Robotics and Rehabilitation

From 2009 to 2011.

Principle investigator: Dr Christopher Freeman.

Conventional therapy to improve upper limb function following stroke is not effective. Only 5% of people who survive a stroke but have severe paralysis regain upper limb function. No conventional...

Otoacoustic Emission Based Biometric Systems

From 2007 to 2010.

Principle investigator: Professor Steve Beeby.

Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) are low intensity sounds produced by mammalian ears. They are generated by the activity of the outer hair cells in the cochlea and are a by-product of an active process...

Partial discharge (PD) analysis of defective paper insulated lead covered (PILC) cable samples under three-phase rated condition

From 2009 to 2013.

Principle investigators: jh09r, Professor Paul Lewin.

Interest is rapidly increasing regarding the application of partial discharge (PD) diagnostics for the task of condition monitoring of HV plant. Put simply, utilities require the tools and...

Partial Discharge Discrimination

From October 2004 to 2009.

Principle investigator: Professor Paul Lewin.

Partial discharge (PD) may have a significant effect on the insulation performance of power apparatus. Insulation performance and properties can be influenced by PD activity from different types of...

Patient Centric Approach for an Integrated, Adaptive, Context Aware Remote Diagnosis and Management of Cardiovascular Diseases

From 2010 to 2014.

Principle investigator: Dr John Tudor.

BRAVEHEALTH proposes a patient-centric vision to CVD management and treatment, providing people already diagnosed as subjects at risk with a sound solution for continuous and remote monitoring and...

Patient-centric model for remote management, treatment and rehabilitation of autistic children

From October 2011 to 2014.

Principle investigator: Koushik Maharatna.

Quantitative EEG is used in medical laboratories to determine the brain connectivity in autistic children but due to the artificial nature of this lab-based approach its validity under a real-life...

Personnel Monitoring in Industrial Environments using WSNs

From 2006.

Principle investigators: Dr Geoff Merrett, asw05r.

Researchers are working on a sensor network that will be capable of monitoring people and machinery in the University's new 55M Pound interdisciplinary cleanroom. The main aims for the system are to...

Polar/non-polar Polymer Blends: On structural evolution and the electrical properties of PE and EVA blends

From 2005 to December 2008.

Principle investigator: Professor Alun S Vaughan.

This project examines the structure and breakdown characteristics of a series of blends of polyethylene and an ethylene - vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA). The effect of adding a relatively polar...

Polyethylene / Montmorillonite Nanocomposites

From October 2004 to 2009.

Principle investigators: Professor Alun S Vaughan, Professor George Chen.

Montmorillonite clay is a promising filler for nanocomposite applications as it consists of sheets of atoms which can, under certain conditions, be easily dispersed. After suitable chemical...

PROTECT-CDE - Coastal defences wave energy attenuation and harvesting

From 2017 to 2017.

Principle investigator: Dr Zoheir Sabeur, MInstP, CEng, CPhys.

Sabeur et al (1995-2002) simulated stable free surface CFD flows at solid structures using the VOF technique. Further simulations of compressible air-fluid flows have been successfully achieved on...

Renewable materials for high voltage applications

From 2007 to 2010.

Principle investigators: Professor Alun S Vaughan, Prof Steve Swingler.

Electrical generation and distribution equipment employs both liquid and solid materials in its construction. Unfortunately, when such equipment was brought into service many decades ago, little...

Resonant Microsensor Modules for Measurement of Physical Quantities (REMISE)

From 2002 to 2005.

Principle investigator: Professor Neil White.

Current industrial measuring systems based on strain-gauge technology (wire, foil and thin-film devices) suffer from various problems, such as low amplitude intensity signal levels, hysteresis and...

RF-Based Time-of-Flight Locationing System

From October 2006.

Principle investigator: Bjorn Thorbjornsen.

To develop an narrow-band RF-based Time-of-Flight (TOF) locationing system with sub-meter positioning resolution which can be used to location nodes within wireless sensor networks (WSNs). This will...

RoCiT - Ratings of Cables in Tunnels

From 2007 to December 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Dr James A Pilgrim, Prof Steve Swingler.

The RoCiT project follows on from a number of previous projects (including FEAR - finite element analysis for cable ratings) and examines the methods used to derive current ratings for high voltage...

Silicone oil degradation analysis (SODA)

From 2008 to December 2010.

Principle investigators: Professor Alun S Vaughan, Prof Steve Swingler.

Silicone oil provides an excellent self healing liquid insulation system for high voltage applications and has minimal environmental impact. Unlike conventional hydrocarbon oils, it is capable of...

Simultaneous Space Charge and Current Measurements in Polyethylene Insulation under HVDC Conditions

From October 1999 to October 2002.

Principle investigators: Professor George Chen, aed.

Production and use of HV DC power cables cause formation of space charge within the insulating material and this can become a serious problem. One of the well known non-destrcutive techniques is the...

Southampton Hand

Principle investigators: Dr Paul H Chappell, Professor Neil White.

Background Prosthetics is an obviously emotive issue, as the absence of a limb, either by amputation or by congenital defect is a highly visible ‘disability’. Despite this prejudice, many of...

Space Chare Dynamics and Electroluminance Modelling in Solid Dielectrics

From October 2008 to October 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor George Chen, Professor Paul Lewin.

The polyethylene is widely used for electrical cable insulation in power cables. This material is prone to develop an inevitable effect of electrical and chemical degradation after some long-standing...

SpiNNaker

From 2009 to 2014.

Principle investigators: Professor Andrew Brown, Professor Steve Furber, University of Manchester, Dr Simon Moore, University of Cambridge.

The human brain remains as one of the great frontiers of science – how does this organ upon which we all depend so critically, actually do its job? A great deal is known about the underlying...

Study of Surface Discharge Behaviour at the Oil-pressboard Interface of Large Transformers

From November 2009 to November 2012.

Principle investigators: hz3g09, Professor Paul Lewin.

The aim of the research is to investigate and analyse the full discharge events occurring on the oil-pressboard interface that leads to the flow of leakage current. The leakage current is relatively...

Substation Earthing

Principle investigator: Professor George Chen.

Good substation earthing is essential for a safe and reliable power system. Methods to improve substation grounding with supporting measurements of earth resistance, and computational models to...

Supergen V: Amperes: Infrastructure for reducing environmental impact

From 2006 to 2009.

Principle investigators: Professor Alun S Vaughan, Prof Steve Swingler.

In many items of high voltage plant such as transformers and cables, oil and paper is still used as the dielectric medium. In newer installations, especially underground transmission cables, a...

Surface Discharge in the Inter-phase barrier region of large Transformers

From October 2004 to 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Professor George Chen.

Transmission and distribution operators throughout the world control significant populations of ageing large transformers which use mineral oil and paper as the dielectric insulation. Some of these...

Surface discharge measurement using the pockels effect

From December 2006 to December 2009.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Prof Steve Swingler, Professor James S Wilkinson.

The aim of the project is to develop an experiment to measure surface discharge using the Pockels technique. As surface discharge is an inevitable phenomenon leading to failure of the insulation...

Surface Electrode Array-based Electrical Stimulation and Iterative Learning Control for Hand Rehabilitation

From October 2010 to October 2014.

Principle investigators: Anna Soska, Eric Rogers, Christopher Freeman.

A normal functioning hand is one of the most important features for human independence. A complex neuromusculoskeletal structure of the human hand consists of many dedicated subsystems cooperated in...

Surface Electrode Array-based Electrical Stimulation and Iterative Learning Control for Hand Rehabilitation

From October 2010 to October 2014.

Principle investigators: Anna Soska, Eric Rogers, Christopher Freeman.

A normal functioning hand is one of the most important features for human independence. A complex neuromusculoskeletal structure of the human hand consists of many dedicated subsystems cooperated in...

Surface Electrode Array-based Electrical Stimulation and Iterative Learning Control for Hand Rehabilitation

From October 2010 to October 2014.

Principle investigators: Anna Soska, Eric Rogers, Christopher Freeman.

A normal functioning hand is one of the most important features for human independence. A complex neuromusculoskeletal structure of the human hand consists of many dedicated subsystems cooperated in...

Telemedicine System Empowering Stroke Patients to Fight Back

From October 2011 to 2014.

Principle investigator: Professor Koushik Maharatna.

Stroke is a disease with very high socio-economic impact, the third biggest cause of death and the largest single cause of severe disability in the ageing populations of Europe. The World Health...

The effect of cross-linking byproduct on electrical properties of soaked LDPE.

From October 2007 to 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor George Chen, Professor Alun S Vaughan.

The present crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE) that is used in industry is not perfect for high voltage cable insulation due to the formation of space charge in the bulk of XLPE. This phenomenon is...

The effect of electric fields on liquid nitrogen bubble behaviour and boiling heat transfer enhancement

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Professor George Chen.

This project has been established by the Electrical Power Engineering Group at the University of Southampton to address some fundamental issues associated with the application of superconducting...

The measurement and modelling of electroluminescence in high voltage polymeric cable insulation.

Principle investigator: Professor Paul Lewin.

The fact that the average service field of most insulating polymers used in high voltage systems is only a fraction (typically ~10%) of their breakdown strength has lead to the belief that the...

The Use of Raman Microscopy in the Analysis of Electerical Aging in Polymeric Insulators

From October 2008 to October 2012.

Principle investigators: naf08r, Professor Alun S Vaughan.

This project involves the application of confocal Raman microscopy to the study of ageing effects in polymeric materials. The work involves three elements: a study of the relationships between the...

The use of spectroscopic techniques to characterise nanodielectric systems

From October 2009 to December 2012.

Principle investigator: Professor Alun S Vaughan.

Nanocomposites are a class of material that have been generating increasing amounts of interest in recent years. The combination of nano-sized particulates within a virgin material can enhance its...

Thick-film magnetostrictive actuators for MEMS

From October 2001 to 2004.

Principle investigator: Professor Neil White.

The field of smart sensor technology continues to mature both in terms of the advances in the characteristics of the sensing elements themselves and also the electronic processing of data. The area...

Thick-film piezoelectrics for MEMS: Optimisation and Applications

From October 2001 to October 2006.

Principle investigator: Professor Steve Beeby.

This is an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship for Dr Steve Beeby to continue his research in the development and optimisation of active thick-film materials. The project is particularly concerned with the...

Thick-film sensors for prosthetic hands

From 2003 to December 2005.

Principle investigator: Professor Neil White.

The programme of work will aim to fabricate a variety of sensors onto a prosthetic hand. The chosen enabling technology for the sensors is thick-film fabrication, as this will allow multiple robust...

Three Phase Partial Discharge monitoring of MV PILC cables

From 2009 to November 2010.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, djs.

Power distribution cable networks are inherently inaccessible and complex systems; many of them are coming to the end of their expected lifespan and are being loaded beyond their original design...

Towards Intelligent Insulation

From October 2009 to 2012.

Principle investigators: Professor Paul Lewin, Professor Alun S Vaughan, Professor R C D Brown.

In order to provide a robust infrastructure for the transmission and distribution of electrical power, understanding and monitoring equipment ageing and failure is of paramount importance. Commonly,...

Understanding Environmental Controls on the State of Sub-seafloor High Voltage Cables

From 2012 to 2015.

Principle investigators: Dr James A Pilgrim, Tim Henstock, Justin Dix, Tom Gernon.

The power transfer capability of high voltage subsea cable systems is limited by thermal considerations, as excessive core temperatures can lead to premature cable failure. Heat generated by the...

Use of Electrostatic Techniques to Identify, Sort & Recycle Mixed Waste

From 2001 to 2002.

Principle investigator: Graham Hearn.

Vast quantities of plastic waste packaging materials such as bottles, food container etc are currently sent to land-fill. This 14-month project sponsored by the Onyx Environmental Trust investigates...

Verifying Shared Memory Communication for Low-Power Multi-core SoCs

From October 2009.

Principle investigators: fl1e08, [hidden].

The advent of low-cost, low-power multi-core systems provides the opportunity to exploit the parallelism offered by such systems. However, even if high-level programming models are provided to...

WIRE-less monitorinG Online of straiN and temperaturE (WIRGONE)

From October 2001 to December 2004.

Principle investigator: Professor Neil White.

In electricity generation, online monitoring of critical components is key to making advances. Uninterrupted operation can bring about big reductions in operating costs and is vital to the...

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