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Tao Yang

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

After studying at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, Dr. Tao Yang joined the Power Electronics, Machines and Control (PEMC) Group at the University of Nottingham as a PhD candidate in 2009. After gaining PhD in 2013, he has been a researcher in the PEMC group focusing on the more-electric aircraft technologies.

As an assistant professor since 2016, he is extensively involved in establishing the Aerospace Engineering course within the University of Nottingham. His currently research covers aircraft electrical power systems, system integration, renewable energy and electric motor drives.

Dr Yang is a member of the Power Electronics, Machines and Control research group.

Expertise Summary

His research interest is mainly in the field of aerospace electrical power systems, which includes

- Modelling and simulation of aircraft electrical power systems

- Aircraft Starter/Generator technologies

- More-electric aircraft technologies

- Advanced control of aerospace actuators

- System integration

Teaching Summary

I am currently lecturing the module H41EE1 - Aerospace Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Research Summary

In the Flightpath 2050, the ACARE sets out some very tough long-term environmental goals for the industry. Compared to a new aircraft in 2000, by 2050 the aim is to reduce CO2 emissions per passenger… read more

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Current Research

In the Flightpath 2050, the ACARE sets out some very tough long-term environmental goals for the industry. Compared to a new aircraft in 2000, by 2050 the aim is to reduce CO2 emissions per passenger Kilometre by 75%, emissions of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) by 90% and the perceived noise emission of flying aircraft by 65%. The only way to achieve this goal is ELECTRIFICATION. Indeed, many functions, which conventionally were driven by pneumatic, hydraulic or mechanical power, are now being replaced by electrical subsystems to improve the overall aircraft efficiency, reliabilities and flexibilities. The EU has launched a 4 billion EURO (2015 - 2022) research programme "Clean Sky" aiming to develop novel aircraft technologies to achieve goals set by the ACARE.

I am currently involved in several exciting projects within the Clean Sky programme, looking into the more-electric aircraft technologies, including:

- ACHIEVE: Green-taxiing and generation technologies for future turboprop aircraft

- GAINS: Wing ice protection systems for regional aircraft and biz jet

- ASPIRE: Smart grid converter for next-generation regional aircraft

- MALET: Modelica libraries for aircraft environmental control system

Past Research

During my PhD studies, I focused on developing functional models for electrical power system studies. The developed models include functional models in the dq0 frame as well as models based on the dynamic phasor concept. These models allow engineers to study the electrical power system of aircraft in a more efficient way.

Future Research

Further investigate more-electric aircraft technologies including

- Advanced control of three-stage generator for aerospace applications

- DC distribution network for future electric aircraft

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