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S&C Electric Factory Tour

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Monday, May 14th at 2:00 p.m., IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Toronto together with PES chapter has arranged a facility tour of S&C Electric in Etobikoe.

Day & Time: Monday, May 14, 2018
2:00 p.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m.

Location: 90 Belfield Rd
Etobicoke, ON M9W 1G4

Contact: Ali Naderian

Organizer: IEEE Toronto DEIS Chapter, PES Chapter

Register: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/170929

Abstract: IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Toronto together with PES chapter has arranged a facility tour of S&C Electric in Etobicoke.

Attendees are couraged to bring their own safety shoes and glasses.

S&C specializes in the switching, protection, and control of electric power systems. This started with a single product in 1909, the Liquid Power Fuse, which was the first reliable power fuse able to protect against the high currents in distribution substations. Its invention helped pioneer the widespread adoption and spread of electricity. S&C has invented many innovative products and pioneered new applications in the power industry. SMD® Power Fuses, Loadbuster®, Circuit Switcher, Pad-Mounted Gear, VISTA® SF6 insulated switchgear, Fault Fiter® Electronic Power Fuses, and Scada-Mate Switching systems are just a few of the S&C products that have significantly changed power system design and operating practices.

Symposium on Smart Cities and Transportation

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m., join us to hear from expert speakers providing us with an introduction to smart cities and a great overview on the plans and current projects that the city of Toronto is implementing in order to make our community more efficient and one of the top technological cities in North America.

Day & Time: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Speakers:
Lucia Casacia – Presentation Slides
Vice President, Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Siemens Canada

Dr. Tom Murad
Country Lead – Engineering, Technology & Academic Relations, Siemens Canada

Gregg Loane – Presentation Slides
Manager, ITS Capital Delivery for the City of Toronto

Fahad Khan – Presentation Slides
Project Lead, City of Toronto

Natasha Apollonova – Presentation Slides
Associate Vice President, Policy, Toronto Board of Trade

Location: Room 2106, Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto
100 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/168324

Organizer: This seminar is organized by IEEE Toronto’s Industry Relations Committee and the Power & Energy Chapter, in collaboration with Siemens Canada IEEE Committee and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), and IEEE University of Toronto Student Branch.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract & Agenda:

Intelligent infrastructure paves the way for smarter, more integrated systems that keep economies running and contribute to economic success, efficiency savings, and economics of scales. Buildings not only offer space for working and living, they are also capital investments. Their value can be maintained only if they are operated cost-effectively. A constant reliable energy supply is central for economic growth and stability, as well as social wellbeing. However today’s grids were not designed to handle the growing power requirements or the increasing proportion of fluctuating power generated from renewable sources. Transportation of people and goods is a top priority for metropolitan areas. Population growth, congestion and the growing demand for mobility all place increasing burdens on transport systems with negative impacts for businesses, residents and overall quality of life. A Smart City applies state-of-the-art solutions enabled and improved by holistic Integration for the sake of the people, of the administration, of the business as well as of the environment.

6:00 pm-6:30 pm: Opening

6:30 pm-7:00 pm: Introduction to Smart Cities by Lucia Casacia, Vice President, Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Siemens Canada & Dr. Tom Murad, Country Lead – Engineering, Technology & Academic Relations, Siemens Canada

7:00 pm-7:20 pm: Transportation Initiatives and Vision of the City of Toronto by Gregg Loanne, Manager of ITS, City of Toronto

7:20 pm-7:40 pm: Preparing for Automated Vehicles at the City of Toronto by Fahad Khan, Project Lead, City of Toronto

7:40 pm-8:00 pm: Focusing on Smart to Move Toronto from Good to Great by Natasha Apollonova, Associate Vice President, Policy, Toronto Board of Trade

8:00 pm-8:10 pm: Open Panel Discussion on Job Opportunities in Technology Infrastructure and Smart Cities

8:10 pm-8:20 pm: Q&A

8:20 pm-8:30 pm: Closing

Biography:
Lucia Casacia
As the Vice President, Cities and Infrastructure Projects, Lucia leads Siemens Canada’s strategic focus on cities account management in order to leverage federal, provincial and municipal government infrastructure investment in cities across Canada. Lucia brings to Siemens extensive experience in the areas of engineering, construction management and commissioning of capital expansion projects. She is a valued member of Siemens Canada’s leadership team, most recently as the head of the Low Voltage & Products business unit in the Energy Management division.
Lucia is a graduate of McMaster University and has a Masters Certi_cate in Strategic Leadership from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Other areas of certi_cation include Operational Excellence and Lean Manufacturing (5S).

Dr. Tom Murad
Tom is a respected leader, thinker, and distinguished speaker on the topics of Engineering, Technology and Technical talents development and education and a member of PEO Engineering Order of Honour. Tom joined Siemens Canada in 2010, he is the founder of the Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy “SCETA”, that he established and directed since October 2014. He is also serving as a member of various advisory Boards of Directors in the Industry and Academia. Tom has about 40 years of Professional Engineering and Technical Operations Executive Management including Academic and R&D work in Electrical power, Industrial Controls and Automation. Dr. Murad holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronics), and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Power Electronics and Industrial Controls from Loughborough University of Technology in the UK, with a Leadership Program Certificate from Schulich Business School, York University in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Murad is a Fellow of Engineers Canada, a licensed (P.Eng.) member of The Professional Engineering Ontario (PEO); APEGA in Alberta, and NAPEG in the North Western Territories. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and is member of Board of Directors – IEEE Canada, past chair of Executive Committee – IEEE Toronto Section, member of Board of Directors – Canadian-German Centre for Innovation and Research, member of the PEO Licensing “Engineering Experience Review” – ERC Committee since 2002, member of OSPE’s Hamilton – Halton Engineering week Committee, and he is serving on various Advisory Boards in the Industry and the Academia.

Gregg Loane
Gregg is currently the Manager – ITS Capital Delivery for the City of Toronto. He has over 25 years of ITS experience, split evenly between the public and private sectors, with a focus on connecting client / user needs with appropriate transportation technology solutions, as well as education in the field of ITS. His current responsibilities include deploying ITS for a variety of municipal applications (e.g. signal control, incident management, traveller information, etc.), and for providing technical representation on Toronto’s Autonomous Vehicle Preparation and Unattended Aerial Vehicle Working Groups. In the private sector, he led large-scale ATIS deployments (e.g. the Los Angeles and Florida 511 systems). These experiences built his strengths in project management, project finance, and personnel management, and have provided insight into a wide range of ITS-related user needs.

Fahad Khan
Fahad is the Project Lead for Automated and Autonomous Vehicles with the City of Toronto. He is the first person in North America to be hired by a leading municipality tasked with the sole purpose of investigating and preparing for automated vehicles. Being a deep car lover and a person known for pushing boundaries, Fahad has worked hard to push Toronto’s transportation system to new levels of innovation and technology.

Natasha Apollonova
Natasha is the Assistant Vice President, Policy with Toronto Region Board of Trade (the Board). The Board is the chamber of commerce for Canada’s largest urban centre representing 12,000 Members and connecting more than 250,000 business professionals and influencers throughout the Toronto region. The Board is an influential thought leader on key business and public policy issues impacting the Toronto region’s globally competitive economy. Over the past eight years, Natasha has been actively engaged in the Board’s municipal and provincial campaigns. She has also been instrumental in raising the profile of Toronto as an international city region by leading the Board’s benchmarking analysis and liaising with key stakeholders including all three levels of government and business leaders. Natasha currently leads the Board’s Smart Cities Initiative and the Movement of Goods files. Natasha holds a Master degree in Business Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University, an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and is fluent in Russian. She is on the Board of Directors for Toronto Association for Business Economics (TABE) and mentors several young women professionals through Women in Capital Markets and TABE.

Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Microgrids

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Friday, February 23rd at 5:30 p.m., Shuvo Chowdhury, Manager of Microgrid Technologies at Alectra Energy Solutions Inc., will be presenting “Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Microgrids”.

Day & Time: Friday, February 23, 2018
5:30 p.m. ‐ 7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Shuvo Chowdhury
Manager of Microgrid Technologies at Alectra Energy Solutions Inc.

Location: Galbraith Building, Room 220
35 St George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 1A4

Contact: Maryam Alsomahi

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Industry Relations Committee, IEEE Toronto Power & Energy Chapter, IEEE University of Toronto Student Branch

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/161050

Light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract: Access to electricity is a critical factor in ensuring high quality of life, economic growth, educational advancement and social development. However, often, access to electricity is taken for granted. We don’t think about the complexity of the electrical grid and the amount of impressive sophisticated engineering designs that go into it.

IEEE Toronto’s Industrial Relations Committee is excited to be hosting a series of educational seminars that aim to give participants an insight into the planning, designing and work that go into operating the grid to make sure we have a reliable access to electricity every minute of every day.

The Topic of the seminar on February 23rd is Microgrids. The global demand for electricity will increase by 28% by 2040. At the same time the availability of electricity is hampered by increasing adverse weather events, price fluctuations and emerging technologies and business models. Microgrids are in the front line to tackle these new challenges. But what are microgrids and why do they matter? This seminar will answer these questions and more by looking at specific examples of microgrid deployments and business cases that have been undertaken by Alectra Utilities; one of the largest municipally owned utilities in North America, serving almost a million customers in the GTA.

Biography: Shuvo Chowdhury serves as a the Manager of Microgrid Technologies at Alectra Energy Solutions Inc. His particular focus is in utility grid, commercial/industrial and residential scale microgrids that incorporate battery energy storage technologies and their accompanying Energy Management Systems. Shuvo has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Mechatronics from the University of Toronto.

Prior to joining the Alectra Energy Solutions team at, he was employed by Quanta Technology. In his capacity as senior engineer at Quanta, he worked on R&D & pilot projects for a number of North American Utilities such as SDG&E, Xcel Energy and National Grid.

Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Distributed Generation and Introduction to Smart Grid

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Friday, March 2nd at 6:30 p.m., Hugo Sanchez-Reategui, consultant of Alectra Utilities (formerly PowerStream Inc.), will be presenting “Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Distributed Generation and Introduction to Smart Grid”.

Day & Time: Friday, March 2, 2018
6:30 p.m. ‐ 8:30 p.m.

Speaker: Hugo Sanchez-Reategui
Consultant of Alectra Utilities (formerly PowerStream Inc.)

Location: Galbraith Building, Room 220
35 St George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 1A4

Contact: Maryam Alsomahi

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Industry Relations Committee, IEEE Toronto Power & Energy Chapter, IEEE University of Toronto Student Branch

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/160826

Light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract: Access to electricity is a critical factor in ensuring high quality of life, economic growth, educational advancement and social development. However, often, access to electricity is taken for granted. We don’t think about the complexity of the electrical grid and the amount of impressive sophisticated engineering designs that go into it.

IEEE Industrial Relations Committee is excited to be hosting a series of educational seminars that aim to give participants an insight into the planning, designing and work that go into operating the grid to make sure we have a reliable access to electricity every minute of every day.

The Topic of this seminar is Distributed Generation and Introduction to Smart Grid. The objective of this seminar is to provide an overview of the current practices to connect Embedded Distributed Generators i.e. solar, wind, geothermal, etc. to the distribution grid. Also, this seminar will discuss the successes and challenges of new technological advances in the current Smart Grid.

The presentation will provide:
– An overview of the traditional and future power grid
– A review of government initiatives around the world and in Ontario
– An evaluation of the impact of distributed generators
– Model distributed generators & predict the increased short circuit levels, voltage profiles change along the network
– Brief overview of interconnection standards i.e. IEEE 1547
– Review of connection processes for utilities in Ontario and interconnection requirements
– An introduction to Smart Grid Technologies

Biography: Hugo Sanchez-Reategui has been a consultant of Alectra Utilities (formerly PowerStream Inc.) for the past 8 years confirming capacity for Embedded Distributed Generators dealing with stakeholders, developers, utilities and government agencies.

Hugo is a current member of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), past member and past Vice President of Public Relations of Toastmasters International (Public Speaking).
He earned a Bachelor of Engineering at National University of Callao, Peru and IEEQB Program Certificate at Ryerson University in 2010.

Hugo is currently the Industry Relations Committee Chair of IEEE Toronto (largest IEEE section in Canada) managing a selected group of 10 volunteers to work on hot technology topics i.e. Cyber Security, Smart Grid and other emerging technologies showing the awareness of these topics and promoting the IEEE brand as a technology leader in Canada and North America.

As part of this important role, he also works on establishing partnerships with other organizations in events to add more value to IEEE membership and better opportunities to members and public.
In addition, Hugo mentors undergrad students and some international engineers.
His technical interests include Smart Grid Technologies, Distribution Operations, Substation Communications and Protection of Distribution Systems.

Siemens Seminar: Drivers to Clean Air – Blue GIS Using Vacuum Interrupting Technology and Clean Air Insulation for CO2-Neutral Footprint

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Monday, February 26th at 4:30 p.m., Firas Jnidi will be presenting “Siemens Seminar: Drivers to Clean Air – Blue GIS Using Vacuum Interrupting Technology and Clean Air Insulation for CO2-Neutral Footprint”.

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Day & Time: Monday, February 26, 2018
4:30 p.m. ‐ 6:30 p.m.

Speaker: Firas Jnidi

Location: Niagara Conference Hall, 1st Floor, Siemens Canada Limited Corporate Office
1577 North Service Rd E
Oakville, Ontario
Canada L6H 0H6

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Organizer: Siemens Canada IEEE Committee, IEEE Toronto Power & Energy Society

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/159950

Light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract: Environmental awareness and resource efficiency require new technologies. To minimize the emission of fluorinated gases (F-gases), Siemens has developed innovative solutions using alternative technologies that enable the F-Gas-free, easy, and secure transmission of electrical power.

The new 8VN1 vacuum clean air gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) for up to 145 kV combines proven vacuum-switching technology with the advantages of clean air as the insulation medium.

Vacuum interrupting technology allows clean air to be used as the insulating medium in gas-insulated switchgear up to 145 kV. Clean air technology from Siemens is the first F-gas-free insulation for high-voltage GIS, and it supports the company’s goal to develop completely environmentally friendly technologies. Clean air technology has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 0. Clean air is composed of 80 percent N2 and 20 percent O2, cleaned and free of humidity.

Biography: Firas Jnidi is holding a Bachelor degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering since 1999. He is committed to work in technological related business, with an ongoing learning and multinational exposure.

He started his career in projects execution as a technical solution provider. SIEMENS was an important step in his professional career, where he was able to develop his technical experience and enhancing his skills in many market segments (e.g Oil & Gas, Utilities, petrochemicals).

Firas has a responsibility to develop the High Voltage product business in Canada.

Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Distribution Planning

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Thursday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m., Joe Bonadie, Manager of Engineering Services (Ontario Hydro/Hydro One), will be presenting “Electrical Grid Educational Seminar: Distribution Planning”.

Day & Time: Thursday, March 29, 2018
6:30 p.m. ‐ 8:00 p.m.

Speaker: Joe Bonadie
Manager of Engineering Services (Ontario Hydro/Hydro One)

Location: Sandford Fleming Building, Room 2202
University of Toronto
10 King’s College Rd, Toronto, ON M5S 3G8

Contact: Maryam Alsomahi

Organizer: IEEE Toronto’s Industry Relations Committee, IEEE Toronto Power & Energy Society, IEEE University of Toronto Student Branch

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/160154

Light refreshments will be served.

Abstract: Access to electricity is a critical factor in ensuring high quality of life, economic growth, educational advancement and social development. However, often, access to electricity is taken for granted. We don’t think about the complexity of the electrical grid and the amount of impressive sophisticated engineering designs that go into it.

IEEE Industrial Relations Committee is excited to be hosting a series of educational seminars that aim to give participants an insight into the planning, designing and work that goes into operating the grid to make sure we have a reliable access to electricity every minute of every day.

The Topic of the first seminar on Thursday, March 29, 2018, is ‘Distribution Planning’. The fundamental objective of Distribution Planning is to provide an orderly and economic plan for additions to, and changes in the power system’s equipment and facilities so that it can continue to meet future electrical demands with an acceptable level of reliability and at the lowest possible cost.

The seminar will provide:

– An overview of Ontario’s Power System
– A detailed overview of the Planning Process
– Review of the Utility’s Loading & Outage Reports
– Documentation of stations, feeder and system peak loading
– Load Growth Rate
– Model of distribution system & predict expected system deficiencies in accordance with established planning criteria
– Identify supply options to mitigate system deficiencies
– Evaluate and rank the supply options in terms of economic and technical merits
– Obtain approval for the recommended option
– Provide Planning Specifications for the preferred option
– Issue project for implementation

Biography: Joe Bonadie, has over 30 years of experience in the Electrical Distribution business. He has worked for a number of Ontario’s Local Distribution Companies (LDC’s) in various capacities including System Planning Engineer, Supervising Project Engineer, Senior Distribution. Performance Engineer and Manager of Engineering Services and Contracts.

As manager of Engineering Services (Ontario Hydro/Hydro One) Joe’s responsibility included the Voltage Conversion Program for Ontario with an initial budget of $20M.

Joe Co-Authored an IEEE technical paper on “Series Capacitors, Application on Distribution Systems” and was presented at the IEEE winter meeting in Atlanta in 1990. Most recently, Engineers Canada bestowed Joe with the title of “Fellow Engineers Canada (FEC)“ for advancing the Profession through some 25 years of volunteer work with the Association of Professional Engineers Ontario.

Joe has thorough knowledge and understanding of the planning, design, construction, and operation of the distribution system including the appropriate standards for both underground and overhead distribution system.

Technical Seminar: PEM Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers for Clean Energy

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Monday, January 29th at 12:00 p.m., Prof. Aimy Bazylak, Canada Research Chair in Thermofluidics for Clean Energy, will be presenting “Technical Seminar: PEM Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers for Clean Energy”.

Day & Time: Monday, January 29, 2018
12:00 p.m. ‐ 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Aimy Bazylak
Canada Research Chair in Thermofluidics for Clean Energy
Director of the University of Toronto Institute for Sustainable Energy
Associate Professor in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Location: Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, 7th Floor, Heaslip House, Ryerson University
297 Victoria Street, Toronto,
M5B 1W1, ON, Canada

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Power & Energy Society

Agenda: 12:00 pm – Arrival and registration
12:15 pm – Welcome and introduction
12:20 pm – Talk
1:05 pm – Q&A
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Closing and networking

Light refreshments will be served.

Abstract: The hydrogen polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell provides enormous potential for a future with clean energy. However, PEM fuel cells and electrolyzers have not yet reached widespread commercial adoption, and key barriers are related to inefficient heat and mass transport in microscale porous materials. Mass transport limitations arising from liquid water flooding in low temperature PEM fuel cells and oxygen gas bubble accumulation in PEM electrolyzers leads to significant inefficiencies. If these issues become resolved, smaller and more reliable devices could be produced at a lower cost. Mass transport limitations can be minimized through the development of optimized materials, which have tailored pore structures, connectivities, conductivities, and surface wettabilities. The porous materials could be customized for mass transport with detailed information about their structure and the dominating mass transport mechanisms that result from these structures. I will discuss X-ray based visualization techniques, such as microcomputed tomography, synchrotron X-ray radiography, and neutron radiography, for investigating multiphase transport in PEM fuel cells and electrolyzers.

Biography: Prof. Aimy Bazylak is the Canada Research Chair in Thermofluidics for Clean Energy; Director of the University of Toronto Institute for Sustainable Energy; and an Associate Professor in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. Her research is focused on studying microscale and nanoscale materials for tailored heat and mass transport for clean electrochemical energy conversion technologies. In 2014 she became a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, and she was recognized as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany in 2015.

Global, Regional and Local Impacts of Climate Change – A European Union Perspective

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Dr. Tsanis, Full Professor in the School of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete, will be presenting “Global, Regional and Local Impacts of Climate Change – A European Union Perspective”.

Day & Time: Wednesday November 15th, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Tsanis
Full Professor, School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece
Director, Water Resources Management and Coastal Engineering Laboratory, TUC
Associate Member, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)
Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, McMaster University

Location: Conference Room at the Centre for Urban Energy
147 Dalhousie St
Toronto, ON M5B 2R2

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Organizer: Power & Energy Chapter

Abstract: Following an introduction on European Union (EU) climate change projects and possibilities of international research collaboration, this presentation will focus on climate change impact assessment applications at global, regional (EU) and local scale (island of Crete). Climate change impacts on water resources (supply-demand), hydrometeorological extremes (floods and droughts) and on various sectors such as tourism, cities and energy (PV) will be presented. Climate change impact assessment models can ensure that a wide range of important factors are taken into consideration in improving the engineering practices and plannings, also from an energy perspective.

Biography: Dr. Tsanis is a Full Professor in the School of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete (TUC), Greece, a Director of the Water Resources Management and Coastal Engineering Laboratory at TUC, an Associate Member of Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) and a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University.

Dr. Tsanis is a graduate of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Dipl. Civ. Eng.) and University of Toronto (M.A.Sc. and Ph.D., Civil Engineering). After receiving his Ph.D. he worked as a NSERC Visiting Fellow in the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) in Burlington and as a University Research Fellow and Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University.

Dr. Tsanis is currently participating in several international research projects (NSERC, FP7 & H2020, ESA, EEA) studying the impact of climate change on extreme events (droughts and floods), ecosystem tipping points, agriculture, cities, tourism, energy and climate change adaptation and governance in water management and forecasting of hydrometeorological extremes that produce floods with radar and satellite remote sensing and lightning activity.

Manufacturing Facility Tour of SIEMENS RuggedCom in Vaughan

Monday, October 16th, 2017

IEEE Toronto and SIEMENS Canada are proud to present a manufacturing facility tour of SIEMENS RuggedCom in Vaughan.

Day & Time: Thursday, November 2, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: 300 Applewood Crescent, Vaughan
ON L4K 4E5, Canada

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Organizers: IEEE Toronto’s Siemens and Industry Relations Committees and Power & Energy Chapter.

RVSP: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/47702
* Please register to reserve your spot and ensure to include your affiliation in the ‘Special Request’ box.

Cost: No charge!

Abstract: RuggedCom designs and manufactures rugged communications networks for mission critical applications in harsh environments. RuggedCom is a “Center of Excellence” for Industrial Switches and Routers for harsh environments and critical infrastructure (based on IEC61850). Our products perform reliably in virtually all types of mission-critical networks – in substation automation, self-healing power grids and “smart grid” systems, in intelligent transportation systems for traffic management and railway control systems, as well as in process control and manufacturing automation systems used across multiple industrial sectors.

IEEE Toronto’s Industry Relations Committee and Power & Energy Chapter would like to thank Siemens RuggedCom for hosting this very successful tour and their amazing hospitality.

Recent Advances In Direct Torque and Flux Control of IPMSM Drives

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Friday August 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. IEEE Toronto’s Power & Energy Chapter is honoured to invite you to a seminar by professor M. Nasir Uddin, Senior IEEE member and Professor at Lakehead University, “Recent Advances In Direct Torque and Flux Control of IPMSM Drives”.

Day & Time: Friday August 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Speaker: M. Nasir Uddin
Senior IEEE member
Professor at Lakehead University

Location: Conference Room
147 Dalhousie St, Toronto, M5B 2R2

Contact: Omid Alizadeh

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Power & Energy Chapter

Abstract: With the advancements in magnetic materials and semiconductor technology, interior permanent magnet synchronous motor (IPMSM) is becoming more and more popular in industrial applications due to its high energy density, high power factor, low noise and high efficiency as compared to conventional AC motors. Conventional field oriented vector control (VC) techniques have been widely used for high performance motor drives for many years. As an alternative to VC scheme recently direct torque and flux control (DTFC) technique is developed which is faster and simpler than that of the VC scheme as DTFC doesn’t need any coordinate transformation, pulse width modulation and current regulators. The DTFC scheme utilizes hysteresis band comparators for both torque and flux controls. Both torque and flux are controlled simultaneously by the selection of appropriate voltage vectors from the inverter. However, conventional six-sector based DTFC suffers from high torque ripples due to discrete nature of control system and limited voltage vector selection from the inverter. Control techniques have been developed for hysteresis controllers to minimize the torque ripples but the six sectors still limits that improvement. Furthermore, in a conventional DTFC the reference air-gap flux is assumed constant at the rated value to make the control task easier. This produces erroneous results for high performance drives as the air-gap flux changes with the operating conditions and system disturbances. Moreover, if the reference air-gap flux is maintained constant, it is not possible to optimize the efficiency of the drive.

Therefore, this talk presents a novel eighteen-sector based DTFC scheme to achieve high dynamic performance with reduced torque ripples as compared to the conventional 6-sector based DTFC. In addition, a model based loss minimization algorithm is integrated with the proposed DTFC scheme in order to optimize the efficiency along with high dynamic performance. Eighteen sectors are developed to overcome the unbalanced voltage vector selection of conventional six-sector based system that minimizes the torque ripples. Further, a nonlinear controller with virtual torque and flux controls is also developed for IPMSM drive to minimize the drive torque ripples. The complete IPMSM drives incorporating the developed control techniques are successfully implemented in real-time using digital signal processor (DSP) board-DS1104 for laboratory 5-hp motor. The effectiveness of the proposed control techniques are verified in both simulation and experiment at different operating conditions. It is found that the nonlinear controller based IPMSM drive provides the best performance in terms of torque ripples among all the DTFC schemes. The results show that the proposed nonlinear/18-sector based DTFC scheme would have the potentiality to apply for real-time industrial drives.

Biography: M. Nasir Uddin received the B.Sc. and M. Sc. degrees both in electrical & electronic engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada in 1993, 1996, and 2000, respectively.

He has been serving as a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Lakehead University (LU), Thunder Bay, ON, Canada since August 2001. He also served as a visiting Prof. at Univ. of Malaya (2013, 2012, 2011), Tokyo University of Science (2010), Japan and North South University (2006), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of South Alabama, USA from January 2001 to May 2001, an Assistant Professor from 1996 to 1997 and a lecturer from 1994 to 1996 at BUET. He possesses more than 21 years of teaching experience and has authored/coauthored over 200 papers in international journals (39 in IEEE Transactions) and conferences.

Prof. Uddin is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada. Currently, he is serving as an Executive Board Member of IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) and Chair of IEEE-IAS-Manufacturing Systems Development and Applications Department. He also served as one of the Technical Program Committee Chairs for IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Expo (ECCE) 2015 at Montreal, Canada. He was the Technical Committee Chair for the IEEE-IAS [Industrial Automation and Control Committee (IACC)] Annual Meetings in 2011 (Orlando) and 2012 (Las Vegas). He served as Papers Review Chair (2009–2010 and 2013–2014) of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (IACC). Earlier he served IEEE IAS IACC for 9 years in different capacities. Due to his outstanding contributions IEEE IAS IACC recognized him with IEEE IAS Service Award 2015. He also received LU Distinguished Researcher Award 2010. He was the recipient of several Prize Paper Awards from IEEE IAS IACC and both 2004 Contributions to Research and Contributions to Teaching Awards from LU. His research interests include power electronics, renewable energy, motor drives, and intelligent controller applications.