Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Dr Francis Robinson

Contact details

Room 2 East 1.31

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 383899

Email: F.V.P.Robinson@bath.ac.uk

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying;

  • Power electronics and drives
  • Switch-mode power converters and amplifiers
  • Power semiconductor application.

Dr Francis Robinson

BSc, PhD, CEng, MIET, MIEEE

Profile

Dr Robinson worked as a design engineer before joining the University of Bath as a lecturer.

He worked on high-frequency power converters and controls for the machine-drives industry, and specialised power electronics for the control of electromagnetic fields at the Science and Engineering Research Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Oxfordshire.

He was responsible for the design and development of the 0.8 MW AC power-supply for the main beam-line magnets of the ISIS proton synchrotron operating at RAL, Oxfordshire. He has a PhD from Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Research

  • Analysis and design of power electronics for high performance motor drives, power-factor correction and power conversion systems.
  • The application and low-noise switching of modern power semiconductor devices. Optimising the electrical and thermal utilisation of modern power-semiconductor-devices, e.g. power MOSFET, IGBT, IGCT, GCT, FRED diodes in high-frequency machine inverters, active filters and switching amplifiers.
  • Modelling and simulation of power-semiconductor effects and power electronics systems.

Teaching units

  • Circuit theory
  • Control theory
  • Electronic control system design
  • Elect. systems and power electronics
  • Power electronics and drives 1
  • Power electronics and drives 2
  • Power electronics and machines

Publications

Book Sections

Wang, Y., Draper, M.J., Denley, S.M., Robinson, F.V.P. and Shepherd, P.R., 2012. Control scheme evaluation for class-D amplifiers in a power-ultrasonic system. In: 6th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2012). IET, 1 - 6. (IET Conference Publications; 2012/CP592)

Articles

Wang, C., Dunn, R., Robinson, F., Lian, B., Yuan, W. and Redfern, M., 2017. Active-reactive power approaches for optimal placement of charge stations in power systems. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, 84, pp. 87-98.

Li, J., Yang, Q., Robinson, F., Liang, F., Zhang, M. and Yuan, W., 2017. Design and test of a new droop control algorithm for a SMES/battery hybrid energy storage system. Energy, 118, pp. 1110-1122.

Gee, A. M., Robinson, F. and Yuan, W., 2016. A superconducting magnetic energy storage-emulator/battery supported dynamic voltage restorer. IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, PP (99), 7567599.

Gee, T., Robinson, F. and Dunn, R., 2013. Analysis of battery lifetime extension in a small-scale wind-energy system using supercapacitors. IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, 28 (1), 6407980.

Najafi, H. R., Samadi, A. A., Dastyar, F. and Robinson, F., 2010. Sensitivity study of parameters influencing large-disturbance stability of wind-farm implemented with DFIG. International Journal of Electrical Engineering, 17 (2), pp. 99-107.

Hamidi, V., Li, F. R. and Robinson, F. V. P., 2009. Demand response in the UK's domestic sector. Electric Power Systems Research, 79 (12), pp. 1722-1726.

Robinson, F. and Chunkag, V., 1997. Parallel connection of single-switch three-phase power-factor correction converters for interleaved switching. IET Electric Power Applications, 144 (6), pp. 423-433.

Williams, B., Goodfellow, J. and Robinson, F., 1990. GTO thyristor and bipolar transistor cascode switches. IET Electric Power Applications, 137 (3), pp. 141-153.

Conference or Workshop Items

Yu, D., Robinson, F., Zha, W. and Le Blond, S., 2015. Using historical data processing method to optimize energy hub. In: 50th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC2015), 2015-09-01 - 2015-09-04, UK. IEEE.

Aashoor, F. and Robinson, F., 2014. Maximum power point tracking of PV water pumping system using artificial neural based control. In: 3rd Renewable Power Generation Conference, RPG 2014, 2014-09-24 - 2014-09-25. Naples: IET.

Ayoub, M. W. and Robinson, F. V. P., 2013. A comparative study between diode and thyristor based AC to DC converters for aluminium smelting process. In: 7th IEEE GCC Conference and Exhibition (GCC 2013), 2013-11-17 - 2013-11-20.

Aashoor, F.A.O. and Robinson, F.V.P., 2013. Maximum power point tracking of photovoltaic water pumping system using fuzzy logic controller. In: 2013 48th International Universities' Power Engineering Conference, UPEC 2013, 2013-09-02 - 2013-09-05. Dublin: IEEE, pp. 1-5.

Aashoor, F.A.O. and Robinson, F.V.P., 2012. A variable step size perturb and observe algorithm for photovoltaic maximum power point tracking. In: 47th International Universities Power Engineering Conference, UPEC 2012, 2012-09-03 - 2012-09-06. London: IEEE, 1 - 6.

Wang, Y., Draper, M., Denley, S., Robinson, F. and Shepherd, P., 2011. Power Converters for Power-Ultrasonic Transducers. In: 46th International Universities' Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2011), 2011-09-05 - 2011-09-08.

Gee, A., Robinson, F. V. P. and Dunn, R. W., 2011. Sliding-mode control, dynamic assessment and practical implementation of a bidirectional buck/boost DC-to-DC converter. In: 2011 14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE 2011, August 30, 2011 - September 1, 2011, 2011-09-01. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Computer Society, pp. 1-10.

Zubi, H., Dunn, R. and Robinson, F., 2011. Optimizing broadband harmonic filter design for adjustable speed drive systems. In: 14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE 2011), 2011-08-30 - 2011-09-01. Birmingham, UK: IEEE, pp. 1-10.

Zubi, H., Dunn, R. and Robinson, F., 2010. Comparison of different common passive filter topologies for harmonic mitigation. In: 45th International Universities' Power Engineering Conference (UPEC) 2010, 2010-08-31 - 2010-09-03. Cardiff, Wales: IEEE, pp. 1-6.

Zubi, H. M., Dunn, R. W., Robinson, F. V. P. and El-Werfelli, M. H., 2010. Passive filter design using genetic algorithms for adjustable speed drives. In: PES General Meeting. 25-29 July 2010. Minneapolis, MN., 2010-07-24 - 2010-07-28. IEEE, 1 - 7.

Najafi, H. R., Robinson, F., Dastyar, F. and Samadi, A. A., 2009. Small-disturbance voltage stability of distribution systems with wind turbine implemented with WRIG. Lisbon, Portugal: IEEE, 191 - 195.

Najafi, H. R., Robinson, F., Dastyar, F. and Samadi, A. A., 2008. Transient stability evaluation of wind farms implemented with induction generators.

Hamidi, V., Li, F. and Robinson, F., 2008. Responsive demand in networks with high penetration of wind power. In: Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition, 2008. T&D. IEEE/PES, 2008-04-21 - 2008-04-24.

Najafi, H. R., Robinson, F. and Shoulaei, A., 2008. Improved algorithm for on-line harmonic identification in HVDC application. Padova, Italy: IEEE, 1 - 5.

Hamidi, V., Li, F. and Robinson, F., 2008. The Effect of Responsive Demand in Domestic Sector on Power System Operation in the Networks with High Penetration of Renewables. In: General Meeting of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, 2008-07-20 - 2008-07-24.

Najafi, H. R., Samad, I. A. A., Dasttyar, F. and Robinson, F. V. P., 2008. The impact of a wind farm with doubly-fed induction generator on power grid. In: Institute of Electrical Engineers Japan International conference on Electrical Engineering(ICEE 2008), 2008-01-01.

Robinson, F., 2007. Voltage sharing scheme for series-connected power semiconductors. In: 20th IET symposium on pulsed power 2007, 2007-01-01.

Robinson, F. V. and Hamidi, V., 2007. Series connecting devices for high-voltage power conversion. In: Universities Power Engineering Conference, 2007. UPEC 2007. 42nd International, 2007-01-01.

Rodger, D., Lai, H. C., Hill-Cottingham, R. J., Coles, P. C. and Robinson, F., 2006. A New High Efficiency Line Start Motor with High Starting Torque. In: Power Electronics, Machines and Drives, 2006. The 3rd IET International Conference on, 2006-01-01.

Najafi, H. R. and Robinson, F., 2006. Design of a New Nonlinear Fuzzy State Feedback Controller for HVDC Systems. In: Industrial Electronics and Applications, 2006 1ST IEEE Conference on, 2006-01-01.

Najafi, H., Robinson, F. and Shoulaie, A., 2004. Low Frequency Oscillation Analysis in Parallel AC/DC System by a Novel Dynamic Model. In: PowerCon 2004,, 2004-01-01.

Najafi, H. R., Shoulaie, A., Robinson, F. and Jahed Motlagh, M. R., 2004. A new self-tuning robust PI controller for HVDC systems. In: International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC), 2004, 2004-09-06 - 2004-09-08, University of the West of England. Bristol, U. K.: IEEE, pp. 698-703.

Najafi, H., Robinson, F. and Jahed Motlagh, M., 2004. Novel dynamic modelling of parallel HVAC/HVDC. In: Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2004, 2004-01-01.

Redfern, M. A., Terry, S. C. and Robinson, F. V. P., 2004. The application of distribution system current transformers for high frequency transient based protection. In: Developments in Power System Protection, 2004. Eighth IEE International Conference on, 2004-01-01.

Redfern, M., Terry, S., Robinson, F. and Bo, Z., 2003. Laboratory investigation into the use of MV current transformers for transient based protection. In: ISPT2003, 2003-01-01.

Terry, S., Redfern, M. and Robinson, F., 2001. Investigations into the response of distribution system current transformers to fault generated high frequency signals. In: Proc 36th Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2001) Session 3D, paper 5, CD ROM, 2001, 2001-01-01.

Li, R., Johns, A. R., Elkateb, M. M. and Robinson, F. V. P., 1999. Comparative study of parallel hybrid filters in resonance damping. In: PowerTech Budapest 99. International Conference on Electric Power Engineering, 1999, 1999-08-29 - 1999-09-02. Budapest, Hungary: IEEE.

Marchesoni, M., Mazzucchelli, M., Robinson, F. and Tenca, P., 1999. A minimum-energy-based capacitor voltage balancing control strategy for MPC conversion systems. In: IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, 1999 ISIE 1999, 1999-07-12 - 1999-07-16. Bled, Slovenia: IEEE, pp. 20-25.

Robinson, F., 1998. The interleaved operation of power amplifiers. In: Seventh International Conference on Power Electronics and Variable Speed Drives. (Conf. Publ. No. 456), 1998-09-01.

Soufian, M. and Robinson, F., 1996. Fuzzy logic controller for the whole body NMR imaging system. In: IEE Colloquium on Fuzzy Logic Controllers in Practice (Digest No. 1996/200), 1996-11-15.

Chunkag, V. and Robinson, F., 1994. Interleaved switching topology for three-phase power-factor correction. In: Fifth International Conference on Power Electronics and Variable-Speed Drives, 1994-10-26 - 1994-10-28. IET, pp. 280-285.

Robinson, F., 1994. Maximising device current utilisation in inverter drives. In: Fifth International Conference on Power Electronics and Variable-Speed Drives, 1994-10-26 - 1994-10-28. London, UK: IET, pp. 580-585.

Robinson, F., 1994. The effect of thermal performance on device current utilisation. In: 25th Annual IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference, PESC 1994, 1994-06-20 - 1994-06-25. Taipei, Taiwan: IEEE, 427 - 433.

Robinson, F. and Williams, B., 1990. Evaluating the reduction in snubbing with soft-recovery devices and the effect of resistor inductance. In: 1990 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting, 1990-10-07 - 1990-10-12. Seattle, USA: IEEE, pp. 1686-1694.

Robinson, F. and Williams, B. W., 1989. Systematic design of dissipative and regenerative snubbers. In: Conference Record of the 1989 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting, 1989-10-01 - 1989-10-05. San Diego, USA: IEEE, pp. 1320-1327.

Robinson, F. and Williams, B., 1988. Optimising snubbers for high-current emitter-switched transistors. In: Third International Conference on Power Electronics and Variable-Speed Drives, 1988-09-13 - 1988-09-15. London, UK: IET, pp. 177-180.

Robinson, F. and Williams, B. W., 1988. Minimising snubbers for high-current emitter-switched transistors. In: 19th Annual IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference PESC 1988, 1988-04-11 - 1988-09-14. Kyoto, Japan: IEEE, pp. 797-804.

Robinson, F. and Williams, B., 1988. Active-Snubbing Or Passive-Snubbing for Fast Switches? In: 14th Annual Conference of Industrial Electronics Society, 1988. IECON 1988, 1988-10-24 - 1988-10-27. Singapore: IEEE, pp. 617-622.

Thesis

Aashoor, F., 2015. Maximum power point tracking techniques for photovoltaic water pumping system. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.

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