Welcome to the Electrical, Electronic and Software Systems Research Group.This Research Group brings together members who offer expertise within the broad fields of electrical, electronic and software systems. Research Group members contribute their own specialist expertise, while recognising the overall integrated nature of the field.

Recent Submissions

  • Development of a novel 5kW/42V intelligent converter for automotive applications

    Amar, Bousbaine; Eljarh, M; University of Derby (IET, 2012-07-19)
    Growing pressure on the automotive industry to produce cars with less exhaust emission, better fuel economy, and to save energy necessitated the introduction of higher voltage electrical power system to meet these requirements in short to mid-term. Already, various electric systems architectures have been proposed and investigated over the past ten years. To meet such growing demands, the automotive industry has to move to higher voltage and the 42V power-net system is the preferred option [1]. The 42V is further processed by the interleaved six-phase dc-to- dc buck converter system to supply power to the conventional automotive loads that are expected to remain at 14V level as well as to absorb the peak transients on the 42V bus voltage. A special DC/DC converter is therefore needed to interconnect the 14V and the 42V DC buses in the car of the future. Automotive electronics place severe demands on the performance and price of power electronic components and making the development of a suitable converter a challenging task. This paper will present the initial development of the 5kW/42V intelligent converter for automotive applications using Matlab/Simulink.
  • A practical project approach for teaching experimental power electronics

    Amar, Bousbaine; Eljarh, Mohamed; University of Derby (VDE, 2011-09-05)
    This paper presents a design project, dc to dc converter, for a solar model car to provide hands-on engineering experience and real life educational design project. This paper focuses on the design, modelling, analysis and simulation of a dc/dc converter for a solar model car. A buck converter is designed and built to convert the output from a solar panel to a voltage level suitable for the electric motors that drive the model car. The effectiveness of the developed model is verified through simulation and corroborated using experimental results.
  • A More Refined Thermal Model for a Totally Enclosed Fan-cooled Induction Motor

    Amar, Bousbaine; University of Derby (Taylor and Francis Ltd, 2011-12-11)
    The aim of this article is to present a more refined thermal model based on a lumped parameter thermal network in which losses are determined more accurately from a 2D coupled electromagnetic complex finite-element method. In addition, saturation and end winding effects are taken into account. To check the validity of the theoretical results, an experimental investigation has been performed on a 2.2-kW totally enclosed fan-cooled induction motor. The calculated temperatures and those obtained from measurements are compared and showed good agreements. However, these results are comparable to those obtained previously (Benamrouche, N., Bouheraoua, M., and Haddad, S., “A thermal model for a TEFC induction motor—development and sensitivity analysis,” Elect. Power Compon. Syst., Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 259–269, 2006), despite all the efforts and complexities involved.
  • Modelling and simulation of a quad-rotor helicopter

    Bousbaine, Amar; Wu, Mian Hong; Poyi, Gwangtim Timothy; University of Derby (2012-03)
    Small size quad-rotor helicopters are often used due to the simplicity of their construction and maintenance, their ability to hover and also to take-off and land vertically. The first step in control development is an adequate dynamic system modelling, which should involve a faithful mathematical representation of the mechanical system. This paper presents a detailed dynamic analytical model of the quad-rotor helicopter using the linear Taylor series approximation method. The developed analytical model was simulated in the MatLab/Simulink environment and the dynamic behaviour of the quad-rotor assessed due to voltage changes. The model is further calibrated and linearized for use on any quad-rotor helicopter.
  • Validation of a quad-rotor helicopter matlab/simulink and solidworks models

    Poyi, Gwangtim Timothy; Wu, Mian Hong; Bousbaine, Amar; Wiggins, Bruce (IET Control and Automation Conference, 2013-06-04)
  • Analysis and simulation of automotive interleaved Buck Converter

    Shrud, Mohamed A.; Kharaz, Ahmad H.; Ashur, Ahmed S.; Faris, Ahmed; Benamar, Mustafa; University of Derby; High Institute of Electronic Professions, Libya; Alfateh University, Libya (2010)
  • Wavelet transform applications in active filters

    Centonza, A.; Darwish, Mostafa; Kharaz, Ahmad H.; Darwish, Mohamed; Brunel University; University of Wales, Newport; University of Derby (2013-03)
  • Towards a generalized theory of low-frequency sound source localization

    Hill, Adam J.; Lewis, Simon P.; Hawksford, Malcolm O. J.; University of Derby; University of Essex (Institute of Acoustics, 2012-11)
    Low-frequency sound source localization generates considerable amount of disagreement between audio/acoustics researchers, with some arguing that below a certain frequency humans cannot localize a source with others insisting that in certain cases localization is possible, even down to the lowest audible of frequencies. Nearly all previous work in this area depends on subjective evaluations to formulate theorems for low-frequency localization. This, of course, opens the argument of data reliability, a critical factor that may go some way to explain the reported ambiguities with regard to low-frequency localization. The resulting proposal stipulates that low-frequency source localization is highly dependent on room dimensions, source/listener location and absorptive properties. In some cases, a source can be accurately localized down to the lowest audible of frequencies, while in other situations it cannot. This is relevant as the standard procedure in live sound reinforcement, cinema sound and home-theater surround sound is to have a single mono channel for the low-frequency content, based on the assumption that human’s cannot determine direction in this band. This work takes the first steps towards showing that this may not be a universally valid simplification and that certain sound reproduction systems may actually benefit from directional low-frequency content.
  • Low-frequency temporal accuracy of small-room sound reproduction

    Hill, Adam J.; Hawksford, Malcolm O. J.; University of Derby; University of Essex (Audio Engineering Society, 2012-10)
    Small-room sound reproduction is strongly affected by room-modes in the low-frequency band. While the spectral impact of room-modes is well understood, there is less information on how modes degrade the spatiotemporal response of a sound reproduction system. This topic is investigated using a bespoke finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation toolbox to virtually test common subwoofer configurations using tone bursts to judge waveform fidelity over a wide listening area. Temporal accuracy is compared to the steady-state frequency response to determine any link between the two domains. The simulated results are compared to practical measurements for validation.
  • Analysis, modeling and wide-area spatiotemporal control of low-frequency sound reproduction

    Hill, Adam J.; University of Essex (University of Essex, 2012-01)
    This research aims to develop a low-frequency response control methodology capable of delivering a consistent spectral and temporal response over a wide listening area. Low-frequency room acoustics are naturally plagued by room-modes, a result of standing waves at frequencies with wavelengths that are integer multiples of one or more room dimension. The standing wave pattern is different for each modal frequency, causing a complicated sound field exhibiting a highly position-dependent frequency response. Enhanced systems are investigated with multiple degrees of freedom (independently-controllable sound radiating sources) to provide adequate low-frequency response control. The proposed solution, termed a chameleon subwoofer array or CSA, adopts the most advantageous aspects of existing room-mode correction methodologies while emphasizing efficiency and practicality. Multiple degrees of freedom are ideally achieved by employing what is designated a hybrid subwoofer, which provides four orthogonal degrees of freedom configured within a modest-sized enclosure. The CSA software algorithm integrates both objective and subjective measures to address listener preferences including the possibility of individual real-time control. CSAs and existing techniques are evaluated within a novel acoustical modeling system (FDTD simulation toolbox) developed to meet the requirements of this research. Extensive virtual development of CSAs has led to experimentation using a prototype hybrid subwoofer. The resulting performance is in line with the simulations, whereby variance across a wide listening area is reduced by over 50% with only four degrees of freedom. A supplemental novel correction algorithm addresses correction issues at select narrow frequency bands. These frequencies are filtered from the signal and replaced using virtual bass to maintain all aural information, a psychoacoustical effect giving the impression of low-frequency. Virtual bass is synthesized using an original hybrid approach combining two mainstream synthesis procedures while suppressing each method‟s inherent weaknesses. This algorithm is demonstrated to improve CSA output efficiency while maintaining acceptable subjective performance.
  • Chameleon subwoofer arrays in live sound

    Hill, Adam J.; Hawksford, Malcolm O. J.; University of Essex (Institute of Acoustics, 2011-06)
    Live-sound subwoofer systems should deliver low-frequency sound evenly distributed throughout the audience area while simultaneously minimizing sound pressure levels on stage. Approximate solutions generally exploit cardioid subwoofers and/or steerable subwoofer clusters, yet require venue-specific manual fine tuning limited mainly by practical positioning issues. Enhanced live-sound systems are explored using a virtual three-dimensional acoustic space to model dominant venue characteristics. Specifically the Chameleon Subwoofer Array (CSA) is incorporated, already proposed as a solution to small-room low-frequency sound reproduction by extending the available degrees of freedom to control sound distribution in the target space. The CSA is adapted and scaled to match the large-scale dimensions typical of live events with 3-D simulation used to optimize and validate performance. Adaptation of existing industry-standard equipment with only minor modification is presented as a core feature.
  • Visualization and analysis tools for low-frequency propagation in a generalized 3D acoustic space

    Hill, Adam J.; Hawksford, Malcolm O. J.; University of Essex (Audio Engineering Society, 2011-05)
    A software toolbox is described that enables three-dimensional animated visualization and analysis of low-frequency wave propagation within a generalized acoustic environment. The core computation exploits a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) algorithm selected because of its known low-frequency accuracy. Multiple sources can be configured and analyses performed at user-selected measurement locations. Arbitrary excitation sequences enable virtual measurements embracing both time-domain and spatio-frequency-domain analyses. Examples are presented for a variety of low-frequency loudspeaker placements and room geometries to illustrate the utility of the toolbox for various acoustical design challenges.
  • A hybrid virtual bass system for optimized steady-state and transient performance

    Hill, Adam J.; Hawksford, Malcolm O. J.; University of Essex (IEEE, 2010-09)
    Bandwidth extension of a constrained loudspeaker system is regularly achieved employing nonlinear bass synthesis. The method operates on the doctrine of the missing fundamental whereby humans infer the presence of a fundamental tone when presented with a signal consisting of higher harmonics of said tone. Nonlinear devices and phase vocoders are commonly used for signal generation; both exhibiting deficiencies. A system is proposed where the two approaches are used in tandem via a mixing algorithm to suppress these deficiencies. Mixing is performed by signal transient content analysis in the frequency domain using constant-Q transforms. The hybrid approach is rated subjectively against various nonlinear device and phase vocoder techniques using the MUSHRA test method.
  • Kick-Drum signal acquisition, isolation and reinforcement optimization in live sound

    Hill, Adam J.; Hawksford, Malcolm O. J.; Rosenthal, Adam P.; Gand, Gary; University of Essex; Gand Concert Sound (Audio Engineering Society, 2011-05)
    A critical requirement for popular music in live-sound applications is the achievement of a robust kick-drum sound presented to the audience and the drummer while simultaneously achieving a workable degree of acoustic isolation for other on-stage musicians. Routinely a transparent wall is placed in parallel to the kick-drum heads to attenuate sound from the drummer’s monitor loudspeakers, although this can cause sound quality impairment from comb filter interference. Practical optimization techniques are explored, embracing microphone selection and placement (including multiple microphones in combination), isolation-wall location, drum-monitor electronic delay and echo cancellation. A system analysis is presented augmented by real-world measurements and relevant simulations using a bespoke Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) algorithm.
  • Individualized low-frequency response manipulation for multiple listeners using chameleon subwoofer arrays

    Hill, Adam J.; Hawksford, Malcolm O. J.; University of Essex (IEEE, 2011-07)
    Low-frequency acoustical responses are naturally position dependent across wide listening areas. This is predominantly due to room modes in small, closed spaces. Numerous methodologies have been proposed targeting room mode compensation to give an objectively even response across all listening locations. These techniques cannot guarantee, however, that every listener receives an equally pleasing subjective response. Chameleon subwoofer arrays (CSA) were originally developed to minimize low-frequency spatiotemporal variations by addressing frequency response errors at multiple listening locations using a subwoofer system consisting of multiple degrees of freedom. The CSA system can alternatively be utilized to control listening locations independently, allowing each listener to adjust their localized low-frequency response to their liking. This alternate CSA implementation is evaluated using a bespoke finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) algorithm for small home theater applications.
  • Practical applications of chameleon subwoofer arrays

    Hill, Adam J.; Hawksford, Malcolm O. J.; University of Essex (Audio Engineering Society, 2012-04)
    Spatiotemporal variations of the low-frequency response in a closed-space are predominantly caused by room-modes. Chameleon subwoofer arrays (CSA) were developed to minimize this variance over a listening area using multiple independently-controllable source components and calibrated with one-time measurements. Although CSAs are ideally implemented using hybrid (multiple source component) subwoofers, they can alternatively be realized using conventional subwoofers. This capability is exploited in this work where various CSA configurations are tested using commercially-available subwoofers in a small-sized listening room. Spectral and temporal evaluation is performed using tone-burst and maximum length sequence (MLS) measurements. The systems are implemented with practicality in mind, keeping the number of subwoofers and calibration measurements to a minimum while maintaining correction benefits.
  • Wide-area psychoacoustic correction for problematic room-modes using nonlinear bass synthesis

    Hill, Adam J.; Hawksford, Malcolm O. J.; University of Essex (Audio Engineering Society, 2011-11)
    Small room acoustics are characterized by a limited number of dominant low-frequency room-modes that result in wide spatio-pressure variations that traditional room correction systems may find elusive to correct over a broad listening area. A psychoacoustic-based methodology is proposed whereby signal components coincident only with problematic modes are filtered and substituted by virtual bass components to forge an illusion of the suppressed frequencies. Although this approach can constitute a standalone correction system, the impetus for development is for use within well-established correction methodologies. A scalable and hierarchical approach is studied using subjective evaluation to confirm uniform wide-area performance. Bass synthesis exploits parallel nonlinear and phase vocoder generators with outputs blended as a function of transient and steady-state signal content.
  • A linear piezo-electric ultrasonic motor using a single flexural vibrating bar for electro-discharge system industrial applications

    Shafik, Mahmoud; Shehab, E. M.; Abdalla, H. S.; University of Derby; Cranfield University; University of East London (The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 2009-08)
  • A micro investigation into electro discharge machining industrial applications processing parameters and product surface profile using Piezoelectric ultrasonic feed drive

    Shafik, Mahmoud; Abdalla, H. S.; Wilmshurst, Tim; University of Derby; University of East London (American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2011-08)