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Power Equipment Research Laboratory

University of Kentucky

College of Engineering

Department of Electrical Enigneering


The Power Equipment Research Laboratory (PERL) with 1600 square feet of floor space is a facility dedicated to electric drive research. The facility is equipped for test of electric drives over the range from 1/4 to 15 HP with speed ranges to 5000 rpm. Operational power conditioned drives include brushless dc motors, inverter-fed induction motors, chopper-fed dc motors, and phase-controlled converter-fed dc motors. Instrumentation available for test use includes digital storage oscilloscopes and a data acquisition system.

AREAS OF TEST CAPABILITY

Performance testing of electric drives
Power measurements in the presence of harmonics
Efficiency evaluation of electrical components or systems
Evaluation of novel electric machines
Evaluation of analog or digital controllers
Thermal evaluation of electrical components
Failure detection and analysis of electrical components


PERSONNEL

Dr. Jimmie J. Cathey

Professor; received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. His research interests include: the design and performance analysis of novel and conventional machines and of power conditioned drives for electrical machines and the analysis of electromechanical actuators for robotic applications. Present research activities include torque pulsations in brushless DC motor drives, cycloconverter link brushless DC motor drives, helical motion motors, loss minimization of inverter driven induction motors and power electronics for linear brushless DC drives.

Dr. Syed A. Nasar

Professor and Chairman; received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. His research is primarily in the area of linear motors and electric machines. His current thrust of research lies in the areas of linear alternators, electromagnetic launchers, switched reluctance motors and electric drives. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IEE (London).

Dr. Frederick C. Trutt

Professor; received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Delaware. His areas of research include power systems and electric machines. Recent investigations have included projects to develop techniques to improve existing capabilities to detect three-phase squirrel-cage induction motor failures, and to design and develop an experimental coordination-free ground fault protection indicator for distribution of alternating current in underground mines.

Dr. Arthur V. Radun

Associate Professor; received his PhD degree from the Massachusetts Instutute of Technology. His research interests include power electronic converters, solid-state switching devices, and electromagnetic analysis of electric machines. His present research activity is in high performance converters and switched reluctance machines for aircraft electrical systems.




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