The research interests of Dr Fernando include investigation of electric machines, drives and control systems in general. He is particularly interested in the design of rare-earth free electric machine structures in addition to investigation of new permanent magnet based concepts such as magnetic gearing. Dr Fernando has also experience with the design of electrical machines and drives for high-speed applications such as aero-engine embedded generators and control design for electric drives for high efficiency.
More information on Dr Fermando's past research
Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- PhD Manchester 2012
- BSc (Hons) Moratuwa 2008
Member of the IEEE and the following societies within this body:
- Vehicular Technology Society (VTS)
- Power Electronics Society (PELS)
- Industrial Electronics Society (IES)
- June 2013 – present, Lecturer : School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University
- Dec 2011 – May 2013, Research Fellow at the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group, University of Nottingham, UK.
- Sept 2008 – July 2011, Teaching Assistant at the Power Conversion Group, University of Manchester, UK.
- Nov 2007 – July 2008, Lecturer (temp) : Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
Recipient of the “Overseas Research Students Award and Research Scholarship“ 2008. Awarded by the University of Manchester.
Recipient of the best Electrical Engineering graduand Award 2007. Awarded by the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa.
- Fernando, W.,Vakil, G.,Arumugam, P.,Amankwah, E.,Gerada, C.,Bozhko, S. (2016). Impact of soft magnetic material on design of high speed permanent magnet machines In: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, , 1 - 9
- Fernando, W.,Gamage, K. (2015). A rare-earth free SHEV powertrain and its control In: Proceedings of the IEEE17th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, Geneva, Switzerland, 8-10 September 2015
- Fernando, W.,Kumarawadu, S. (2015). A multirate controller-observer scheme for fully automatic vehicle control In: International Journal of Automation and Logistics, 1, 117 - 139
- Fernando, W.,Gerada, C. (2014). High speed permanent magnet machine design with minimized stack-length under electromagnetic and mechanical constraints In: International Journal of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics, 46, 95 - 109
- Arumugam, P.,Dusek, J.,Aigbomian, A.,Vakil, G.,Bozhko, S.,Hamiti, T.,Gerada, C.,Fernando, W. (2014). Comparative design analysis of permanent magnet rotor topologies for an aircraft starter-generator In: Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Energy and Power Systems (IEPS), Kyiv, Ukraine, 2-6 June 2014
- Degano, M.,Arumugam, P.,Fernando, W.,Yang, T.,Zhang, H.,Bartolo, J.,Bozhko, S.,Wheeler, P.,Gerada, C. (2014). An optimized bi-directional, wide speed range electric starter-generator for aerospace application In: Proceedings of the 7th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2014), Manchester, United Kingdom, 8 - 10 April 2014
- Fernando, W. (2014). Control of switched reluctance generators in continuous conduction mode In: Proceedings of the 6th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE 2014), Pittsburgh, United States, 14-18 September 2014
- Fernando, W.,Barnes, M. (2013). Electromagnetic energy conversion efficiency enhancement of switched reluctance motors with zero-voltage loop current commutation In: IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, 28, 482 - 492
- Fernando, W.,Papini, L.,Gerada, C. (2012). Converter temperature regulation with dual mode control of fault-tolerant permanent magnet motors In: Proceedings of the 4th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, North Carolina, United States, 16 -20 September 2012
- Fernando, W.,Barnes, M.,Marjanovic, O. (2011). Excitation control and voltage regulation of switched reluctance generators above base speed operation In: Proceedings of the 7th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC), 2011 IEEE, Chicago, United States, 6-9 September 2011
3 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions