Research areas

My research interests are special electrical machines, novel topologies of permanent magnet machines, computer-aided design of electrical machines, finite element methods, optimisation methodologies, cooling design and analysis, renewable energy systems. Recently, my work has been focusing on the magnetic gear and magnetically geared electrical machine technologies. Our research has been supported by international and local companies.

Current Research Projects

  • Pastellides, S. G., Development of a modular magnetically geared smart motor drive system for EV applications, MEng (2018) (Co-Supvr)
  • Botha, C. D., Critical evaluation of a large-scale gravity energy storage using linear electromechanical energy conversion technology, PhD (Eng) (2018) (Co-Supvr)
  • Evaluation of emerging electrical machine technologies for heavy traction applications (2018-2020) (Dr. S. Gerber)
  • PM Vernier machines and their applications (2020) (Dr. P. M. Tlali)

Past Postgraduate Students

Past Postdoc Projects

  • Modelling and prevention of bearing currents in inverter-driven electrical machines (2016-2017) (Dr. S. Gerber)
  • Development of advanced finite element software for electrical machines (2015-2017) (Dr. A. Chama)
  • An investigation of cogging torque performance drift of fractional slot PM machines due to manufacturing imperfections (2014-2015)
    (Dr. S. Gerber)