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Electric Powertrain Testing Milestone for Texas A&M Formula Electric Team

The Texas A&M University Formula SAE (FSAE) team has achieved a significant milestone by successfully testing their electric powertrain at the Electrical Machines and Power Electronics (EMPE) Laboratory. This was done under the supervision of Mehdi Seyedi, who is currently a PhD student at the EMPE lab. Mehdi provided guidance to the students, overseeing both the preparation of the testing setup and the execution of the powertrain experiments. Read More about TAMU FSAE Team …

Photo back row left to right:

Purav Datta, Luis Diaz-Santini, Nick Martin, Sean Wall, Mehdi Seyedi.

Photo front row left to right:

Robert Haefner, Jorge Adan Ray Corral, Jeff Cunningham.

Bryton and FluxWorks wins overall Rice Business Plan Competition

Dr. Bryton Praslicka, a Texas A&M University alumnus and CEO of FluxWorks, led his team to victory at the Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC), securing both the grand prize and the elevator pitch award.

FluxWorks, a firm specializing in the development and manufacture of magnetic gears and gear-integrated motors, stood out among competitors from esteemed institutions such as Rice, Brigham Young, Yale, MIT, and Harvard. Their innovative technology offers improved reliability and reduced maintenance costs compared to traditional mechanical gears, transforming the industry. The awards, totaling $360,000, serve as a testament to the potential impact of FluxWorks’ unique magnetic gear technology.  Read More…

Gearing up for the future

Thomas Simms, an electrical engineering senior at Texas A&M University, developed leadership skills through the Engineering Honors Community of Scholars (ECOS).

In 2021, Simms pursued research on magnetic gears with Dr. Matthew Johnson, collaborating with doctoral student Bryton Praslicka. Their research in this emerging field led to innovative use of magnetic gears for wave energy converters. Their concept won the Water Power Technologies Office Bonus Prize at the Department of Energy’s EnergyTech UP competition, marking a significant achievement in their research journey.   Read More…

Bryton and Thomas win DOE Energy Competition with Magnetic Gears

A team consisting of doctoral student Bryton Praslicka and senior Thomas Simms from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University was selected as Water Power Technologies Office Bonus Prize Winner at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) EnergyTech UP competition in March.

The team was awarded $25,000 for its innovative business plan to apply magnetic gears to wave energy converters through Praslicka’s startup company, FluxWorks LLC, which develops and manufactures magnetic gears for various applications. Read More…

Bryton Wins 2022 Texas New Ventures Competition

Dr. Saurabh Biswas and Bryton Praslicka holding a large first-place check for $35,000 from the Texas A&M New Ventures Competition. Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Texas A&M University Innovation Partners logos are at the bottom of the check.

Bryton Praslicka, president and CEO of FluxWorks, competed with other startups throughout Texas at TNVC to win the $35,000 first-place prize and several other sponsored prizes for its magnetic gear technology, which has improved reliability and reduced maintenance costs compared to its counterpart, the mechanical gear.   Read More…

Professor Lipo Visits EMPE Lab

Professor Lipo visited EMPE Lab and Texas A&M University as part of Distinguished Speaker Series on October 26th.

Prof. Lipo is a Life Fellow of IEEE and has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the IEEE Industry Applications Society in 1986 for his work in motor drives, the William E. Newell Award of the IEEE Power Electronics Society in 1990 for contributions to power electronics, and the Nicola Tesla IEEE Field Award from the IEEE Power Engineering Society in 1995 for his work on electrical machinery. In 2002, Dr. Lipo was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering(UK) (one of only about 25 US members) and in 2008 a Member of the National Academy of Engineering(USA). In 2014 he received the IEEE Medal in Power Engineering, the highest award presented by IEEE for research in the field of power engineering.

Ajay’s Final PhD Defense

Ajay successfully defended his dissertation on October 10. He invented a system reconfiguration and control technique for a multiphase induction motor drive that can give up to 93% higher torque for acceleration. He designed and developed Silicon carbide inverter to drive a 6-phase motor. He also did a comprehensive study about the applications of wide bandgap devices in motor drives, opportunities, and typical issues and challenges.

EMPE Lab congratulates Dr. Morya and wishes him best of luck with his professional career

Matthew Featured in Student Snapshot

Matthew is featured in student snapshot for his work on magnetic gears. Read more tx.ag/magneticgears

Gardner works in the Advanced Electrical Machines and Power Electronics Lab under Dr. Hamid Toliyat, Raytheon Professor. His work has been conducted largely in part with former doctoral student Dr. Matthew Johnson.

“Matthew has done a lot of work that has the possibility to significantly transform the field of electric machines,” Toliyat said.

“I am excited about the opportunity to make a disruptive change in the field of electric machines,” Gardner said. “Magnetic gears and magnetically geared machines offer the possibility to provide a significant, not just incremental, improvement in systems involving electric machines.”

Hussain’s Farewell

Hussain successfully defended his PhD thesis in Spring 2017. He joins Kuwait University as an assistant professor. EMPE lab wishes him best of luck in his career.

 

Amir’s Defense

Amir defended his Master’s thesis titled “Modeling and Experimental Verification of Adaptive 100% Stator Ground Fault Protection Schemes for Synchronous Generators” on May 3, 2017. He is currently continuing as PhD student at EMPE lab.

Dr. Hussain’s PhD Dissertation Defense

Hussain successfully defended his dissertation titled “Linear Permanent Magnet Machines for Oil Pumping Systems” on Jan 18th, 2017. He worked on the replacement of the sucker rod pumping system with a permanent magnet linear motor which drives the reciprocating pump directly. In this system, the motor drive is placed on the surface and connected through a long cable to the downhole linear motor which drives the reciprocating pump. This system is intended to extend the use of sucker rod pumping systems to off-shore applications and deviated wells.
He discussed the new system challenges such as the high temperature downhole and the long transmission cable and proposed a DC system where the inverter is integrated with the motor downhole while the rectifier remains on the surface. Moreover, he developed a sensorless algorithm to drive the PM motor without downhole position or current sensors.
Finally, he built a pump monitoring system to detect the common pump faults.

Hussain

EMPE lab congratulates Dr. Hussain for his successful defense and wishes him best of luck with his professional career.

Dr. Bostanci PhD Dissertation Defense

Abdulkadir successfully defended his dissertation, titled “A System-Based Modeling and Simulation of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Electric Power Systems and Core Loss Analysis of Synchronous Generator and Induction Motor” on December 12th, 2016. His research focused on harmonics effect on the core losses in machine caused by variable frequency drives. He made detailed analysis on different level of harmonics and showed their effect on the core losses. He also evaluated some experimental studies based on core losses in a synchronous generator.

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