Zhuang Xu

Associate Professor

Electrical and Electronic Engineering / Faculty of Science and Engineering
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Contact

Office

IAMET 228, Sir David and Lady Susan Greenaway Building

Campus

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Address

199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

Telephone

+86-0574 88180000-9135

Qualifications

BEng

MEng

PhD (the University of New South Wales)


Biography

Expertise summary

Dr Zhuang Xu is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Zhuang Xu received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He was with the Energy System Group, University of New South Wales and Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, where his research has been focused on power electronics and high-performance electrical drives. Dr. Xu received three Best Paper Awards at the 30th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, the IEEE International Conference Electrical Machines and Systems 2010, and the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition Asia-International Conference on Power Electronics 2011, respectively.

Professional associations

  • I.E.E.E

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Teaching

@UNNC

  • H61IAL Introduction to Electrical Engineering (Change to H61PWE full year module in 17-18)
  • H62PSE Power Supply Electronics
  • H63PED Power Electronic Design
  • H63EDR Energy Conversion for Motor and Generator Drives (13-14 and 14-15)

Research interests

Electrical drives, power electronic systems, applications and their control.


Awards / Patents

Invention patents

  1. Control of paralleled power converters for a permanent magnet direct-drive wind power generation system, ZL201010178989.7, Xu Dianguo, Li Rui, Xu Zhuang, Li Guangjun. Authorized date: 2012-06-20
  2. A method of controlling an electro-mechanical brake system, Zhen Wei, Zhuang Xu and Dunant Halim. Pending. 2017100076288

Publications

Refereed Journal Papers

[1]     W. Zhao; S. Wu; S. Cui; C. Gerada; H. Zhang; Z. Xu, "A Fractional Slot Multiphase Air-Core Compulsator With Concentrated Winding," in IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science , vol.PP, no.99, pp.1-7
doi: 10.1109/TPS.2017.2705243.

[2]     W. Zhao; S. Wu; S. Cui; C. Gerada; H. Zhang; Z. Xu, "Self-Excitation and Energy Recovery of Air-Core Compulsators," in IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science , vol.PP, no.99, pp.1-7
doi: 10.1109/TPS.2017.2700027.

[3]     T. Wang, H. Zhang, Q. Gao, Z. Xu, J. Li and C. Gerada, "Enhanced Self-Sensing Capability of Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Machines: A Novel Saliency Modulation Rotor End Approach," in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 64, no. 5, pp. 3548-3556, May 2017.

[4]     Wei, Zhen; Xu, John; Halim, Dunant: 'Braking force control strategy for electric vehicles with load variation and wheel slip considerations', IET Electrical Systems in Transportation, 2017, 7, (1), p. 41-47.

[5]     Zhen Wei, John Xu, Dunant Halim, HEV power management control strategy for urban driving, Applied Energy, Volume 194, 15 May 2017, Pages 705-714., SCI IF 5.746.

[6]     Z. Xu, K. You, C. Zhang, “Analytical Models of Power Losses of a Three phase AC-DC Rectifier for Hybrid Electric Vehicles,” Energy Procedia, Volume 88, June 2016, Pages 978-984

[7]     Z. Xu, C. Zhang, “Case Study: Dynamic Performance of a MTDC Network in Zhoushan City,” Energy Procedia, Volume 88, June 2016, Pages 341-348.

[8]     Z. Xu, Zhen Wei, C. Zhang, “Rapid Faults Detection for Controlling Multi-terminal High Voltage DC Grids under AC Grid Contingencies,” Energy Procedia, Volume 88, June 2016, Pages 476-483.

[9]     Zhen Wei, Z. Xu, Dunant Halim, “Study of HEV Power Management Control Strategy Based on Driving Pattern Recognition,” Energy Procedia, Volume 88, June 2016, Pages 847-853

[10] Zhuang Xu. “Power Flow Control of High Voltage DC Networks for Grid Integration of Offshore Wind Power,” Energy Procedia, 2015, 75:1698-1704.

[11] Zhuang Xu. “An Indirect Space-vector Modulated Three-phase AC-DC Matrix Converter for Hybrid Electric Vehicles,” Energy Procedia, 2015,75:1968-1974.

[12] Xu, Zhuang, Li, Rui, Xu, Dianguo, “Control of Parallel Multi-rectifiers for a Direct-Drive Permanent-Magnet Wind Power Generator,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 2013, 49(4):1687-1696

[13] Xu, Zhuang, Li, Rui, Zhu, Hui, Xu, Dianguo, Zhang, C. H., “Control of Parallel Multiple Converters for Direct-Drive Permanent-Magnet Wind Power Generation Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics,2012, 27(3): 1259-1270

[14] Xu, Zhuang,Rahman, M. F. “Comparison of a Sliding Observer and a Kalman Filter for Direct-Torque-Controlled IPM Synchronous Motor Drives,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics,2012,59(11): 4179-4188

[15] Xu, Zhuang(*),Rahman, M. F. Wang, G, Xu, Dianguo, “Performance Evaluation of an Integrated Starter-Alternator with an IPM Synchronous Machine under Sensor-less Operation,” Journal of Power Electronics,2012,12(1):49-57

[16] Yifeng, W, Xiangjun, Z.,Dianguo, X. Zhuang, X.,Chaohui, Y.,Ling, M. “Design optimization of the LCsCp resonant inverter to drive 1 kW high-pressure sodium lamps,” IET Power Electronics,2011,4(4):374-383

[17] Z. Xu and M. F. Rahman, "An Adaptive Sliding Stator Flux Observer for a Direct-Torque-Controlled IPM Synchronous Motor Drive," in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 54, no. 5, pp. 2398-2406, Oct. 2007.

[18] Z. Xu and M. F. Rahman, "Direct Torque and Flux Regulation of an IPM Synchronous Motor Drive Using Variable Structure Control Approach," in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 2487-2498, Nov. 2007.

[19] Li, Rui, Xu, Zhuang, Xu, Dianguo, 2012, “Parallel strategy of direct-driven variable-speed constant-frequency wind turbine system with separate DC buses,” Proceedings of the Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering, 32(3), pp 56-66.

[20] Chen, Wei, Yu, Yong, Xu, Dianguo, Xu, Zhuang, 2012, “Parameters estimation of induction motors at standstill with adaptive nonlinearity compensation,” Proceedings of the Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering, 32(6), pp 156-162

[21] Wang, Liguo, Hao, Honghai, Lü, Xin, Xu, Zhuang, Xu, Dianguo, 2011, Temperature identification of electric submersible motors based on analysis of rotor slot harmonics, Transactions of China Electrotechnical Society, 26(6), pp 1-6

[22] Li, Rui, Xu, Zhuang, Xu, Dianguo, 2011, Analysis and control of circulating current in parallel permanent-magnet-direct-drive wind power system, Proceedings of the Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering, 31(6), pp 38-45

[23] Xu, Zhuang, Yin, Guanxian, Xu, Dianguo, 2011, A new bidirectional AC-DC converter using a matrix converter topology, Transactions of China Electrotechnical Society, 26(8), pp 64-70

[24] Xue, Renkui, Xu, Zhuang, Wang, Liguo, Xu, Dianguo, 2011, Research on AC-DC matrix converter close-loop control strategy for automotives, Transactions of China Electrotechnical Society, 26(SUPPL. 1), pp 41-48

[25] Z. Xu and G.Li, “Parallel Control of Generator-side Converters for Permanent Magnet Direct-drive Wind-Power Generation Systems,” High Voltage Engineering, Vol. 36, No. 2, On page(s): 474-480, Feb. 28, 2010.

[26] Wang Gao-lin, Yang Rong-feng, Xu Zhuang, “Initial rotor position estimation for interior permanent magnet synchronous motors,” Electric Machines and Control Vol. 14 No. On page(s):56-60. June 2010

[27] Chen Wei, Yang Rong-feng, Wang Gao-lin, Xu Zhuang, “Very Low Speed Performance Research of Novel Voltage Vector Control Method for IPM Machines,” Proceedings of the CSEE, Vol.30 No.15 On page(s): 99-105, May 25, 2010.

[28] Chen Wei, Yang Rong-feng, Xu Zhuang, “Novel stability improvement method for V/F controlled induction motor drive systems,” Electric Machines and Control Vol. 13 Suppl.1, on page(s): 11-14, Nov.2009.

[29] Chen Wei, Yang Rong-feng, Xu Zhuang, “Novel stator voltage oriented V/F control method capable of high performance at low speed,” Electric Machines and Control Vol.14 No.1, On page(s): 7-11, Jan.2010.

[30] Zhang Chao-hai , Lai Hai-liang , Xu Zhuang, “Parallel Control of Generator-side Converters for Permanent Magnet Direct-drive Wind-Power Generation Systems,” High Voltage Engineering, Vol . 35 No. 5 On page(s): 1059-1063, May 2009.


Conference presentations

Conference presentations

[1]     Z. Xu and J. Zhu, "An effective phase tracking method of controlling MTDC grids under AC grid contingencies," Smart Grid Technologies - Asia (ISGT ASIA), 2015 IEEE Innovative, Bangkok, 2015, pp. 1-6.doi: 10.1109/ISGT-Asia.2015.7387126

[2]     Z. Xu and C. Zhang, "Optimal direct voltage control of MTDC grids for integration of offshore wind power," Smart Grid Technologies - Asia (ISGT ASIA), 2015 IEEE Innovative, Bangkok, 2015, pp. 1-6.doi: 10.1109/ISGT-Asia.2015.7387179

[3]     Z. Wei, J. Xu and D. Halim, "Study of HEV Electro-Mechanical Hybrid Braking System Control Strategy," Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC), 2015 IEEE, Montreal, QC, 2015, pp. 1-5.

[4]     Z. Wei, J. Xu and D. Halim, "HEV Energy Management Fuzzy Logic Control Based on Dynamic Programming," Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC), 2015 IEEE, Montreal, QC, 2015, pp. 1-5.

[5]     T. Wang, B. Shi, J. Xu and C. Gerada, "Accuracy improvement of carrier signal injection sensorless control for IPMSM in consideration of inverter nonlinearity," Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2015 - 41st Annual Conference of the IEEE, Yokohama, 2015, pp. 000273-000278.

[6]     T. Wang and J. Xu, "Rapid demodulation of rotor position for high frequency voltage injection based IPM machine sensorless control," 2015 IEEE 11th International Conference on Power Electronics and Drive Systems, Sydney, NSW, 2015, pp. 873-879

[7]     Zhen Wei, John Xu and Dunant Halim, "Control Strategy of Regenerative/Electro-Mechanical Hybrid Braking System for Hybrid Electric Vehicle Based on Urban Driving Cycle" (The 11th International Forum of Automotive Traffic Safety, Chongqing, China 2014)

[8]     (*) Z. Xu, R. Dutta, G. X.Yin, and Dianguo Xu, “Optimal Stator-Current Trajectory Control of an IPM Synchronous Machine for Hybrid Electric Vehicles,” 2011 IEEE ECCE Asia-8th International Conference on Power Electronics in Korea (the Best paper award)

[9]     Zhuang Xu; Gui, X.; Dianguo Xu; , "Sensor-less control of an Integrated Starter-Alternator with an IPM synchronous machine," 2010 International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS), vol., no., pp.809-814, 10-13 Oct. 2010

[10] (*) Zhuang Xu; Li, G.; Dianguo Xu; , "Control of parallel multi-converters for permanent magnet wind power generation systems," 2010 International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS), vol., no., pp.493-498, 10-13 Oct. 2010 (the Outstanding paper award).

[11] Zhuang Xu; Pengyao Ge; Dianguo Xu; , "High performance control of a permanent magnet wind power generation system using an adaptive sliding observer," PEDS 2009. International Conference on Power Electronics and Drive Systems, vol., no., pp.67-71, 2-5 Nov. 2009

[12] Z. Xu,Tao, Pang “Instantaneous Torque Control of a Permanent Magnet Wind Power Generator without a Position Sensor,”IEEE international Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems, 2008. ICEMS 2008. 17-20 Oct. 2008 Page(s):1343 - 1347

[13] Z. Xu and M. F. Rahman, “Comparative study of an adaptive sliding observer and an EKF for sensorless DTC IPM synchronous motor drives,” IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference, 2007. PESC 2007. 17-21 June 2007 Page(s):2586 - 2592 Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/PESC.2007.4342423.

[14] Z. Xu and M. F. Rahman, “An improved stator flux estimation for a variable structure direct torque controlled IPM synchronous motor drive using a sliding observer,” IEEE Industry Applications Conference, fourtieth IAS Annual Meeting, Volume: 4, On page(s): 2484- 2490 Vol. 4, 2-6 Oct.2005.

[15] J. Zhang, Z. Xu and M. F. Rahman, “A Novel Direct Load Angle Control for Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine Drive,” IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics and Drives Systems, PEDS 2005. Volume 1, 0-0 0 Page(s):607 - 611 Digital Object Identifier10.1109/PEDS.2005.1619758

[16] Z. Xu and M. F. Rahman, “An Adaptive Sliding Stator Flux Observer for a Direct Torque Controlled Interior Permanent Magnet (IPM) Synchronous Machine Drive,” IEEE International Conference on Electric Machines and Drives, 2005, 15-15 May 2005 Page(s):704 - 709 Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/IEMDC.2005.195800

[17] (*) Z. Xu and M. F. Rahman, “Direct Torque and Flux Control of an IPM Synchronous Motor Using Variable Structure Control Approach,” IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, 30th Annual Conference 2004. IECON 2004. Volume 3, 2-6 Nov. 2004 Page(s):2733 - 2738 Vol. 3 Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/IECON.2004.1432239 (the Best Paper Award)

[18] Z. Xu and M. F. Rahman, “A Variable Structure Torque and Flux Controller for a DTC IPM Synchronous Motor Drive,” IEEE 35th Annual Power Electronics Specialists Conference, 2004. PESC 2004, Volume: 1, 20-25 June 2004 Pages: 445 - 450 Vol.1.7

[19] Z. Xu and M. F. Rahman, “Encoder-less Operation of a Direct Torque Controlled IPM motor Drive with a Novel Sliding Mode Observer,” conditionally accepted for the Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC 2004), Brisbane, Australia.

[20] L. Tang, M. F. Rahman and Z. Xu, “An Improved Flux Linkage Estimator For Direct Torque Controlled Interior Permanent Magnet (IPM) Synchronous Machine Drive,” in Conf. Rec. of the Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference-AUPEC 2003, Christchurch, New Zealand, Sept.-Oct. 2003.

[21] Z.Xu and M. F. Rahman, "Sensorless Sliding Mode Control of an IPM Synchronous Motor Based on Extended Kalman Filter," in Proceedings of the Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC 2003), Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND, Sep. 2003. ISBN: 0-473-09867-9 (CD ROM).

[22] Zhuang Xu and M. F. Rahman, "Sensorless Sliding Mode Control of an Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Based on Extended Kalman Filter," The IEEE Fifth International Conference on Power Electronics and Drive Systems, 2003. PEDS 2003. Volume 1, 17-20 Nov. 2003 Page(s):722 - 727 Vol.1 Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/PEDS.2003.1282970.

[23] Zhuang Xu and M. F. Rahman, "An Extended Kalman Filter Observer for the Direct Torque Controlled Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Drive," The IEEE Fifth International Conference on Power Electronics and Drive Systems, 2003. PEDS 2003.Volume 1, 17-20 Nov. 2003 Page(s):686 - 691 Vol.1 Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/PEDS.2003.1282960.

[24] Z.Xu and M. F. Rahman, "An Extended Kalman Filter Observer for the Direct Torque Controlled Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Drive," the Proceedings of the 6th International Power Engineering Conference (IPEC 2003), 27-29 November 2003, SINGAPORE.


Funded projects / Research grants

PI:

  • Core technologies for VSC based multi-terminal high voltage DC networks for wind farms
  • Control of a Novel Bidirectional Soft-Switching Converter Using Indirect Space Vector Modulation
  • National Natural Science Foundation-General program (01/2008-12/2010)
  • China Postdoctoral Science Funding
  • The first China Postdoctoral Special Funding (China Postdoctoral Funding Society 2008)

CI:

  • China the eleventh Five-year Science and Technology Supporting Plan
  1. Directly-driven variable-speed wind generation system using permanent-magnet synchronous generators
  2. Development and demonstration of high power wind power systems: control of directly-driven wind power generation systems and development of modular multiple parallel power converters
  • Delta Electronics Funding

        Fault detection for low voltage ride through for wind power generation systems

  • IAMET “Modular Marine Electrical Motor Drives for Energy Efficient New Marine Equipment” .

Participating:

  • Sub-project for “Low carbon manufacturing of auto parts” 9m RMB

    Australia Research Council Discovery Grants:

  • A Segmented Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor for Wide Field Weakening Range and its Sensorless Control using Improved Flux Estimators, ID:DP0667039 In charge:Professor  Rahman  2006 : AU$65,000, 2007 : AU$66,000, 2008 : AU$67,000
  • 2002-2005, Australia Research Council Discovery Grant,AU$170,000, Improvements of Direct Torque Controllers for the Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor.
  • 2005,  Goldstar Grant, AU$30,000,University of New South Wales, Sensorless Position and Flux Estimators for Extending the Low-Speed Range of Direct Torque Controlled Interior Permanent Magnet Motor Drives,
  • 1999-2001, Australia Research Council Large Grant, AU$150,000,Direct Torque Control of Interior Permanent Magnet Motors.