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Dr Andrew Cross

A Cross

Lecturer


Phone number
+44 (0)121 204 3731

Email
a.m.cross@aston.ac.uk

Room number
NW 417

Profile

Lecturer with research interests in power electronics, converters and power electronic systems

Qualifications & Education 

  • BSc (Hons) Leeds University.

  • MSc Power Electronics & Drives, Birmingham University

  • PhD High Power Factor Converters for Aerospace Applications, Birmingham University

 Employment 

  • GEC Industrial Controls

  • Alstom Power Conversion

  • Ultra Electronics

  • Areva T&D

  • Birmingham University – Research Fellow

  • Manchester University - Lecturer

Teaching activity
Foundation degree program
EE3PEL/4PEL BEng/MEng Power Electronics modules

Research interests
All aspects of power electronics, in particular converter topologies, modelling and simulation of power electronic systems, more electric transport, power quality and stability, motor drives and HVDC networks.

Recent research funding

1. Technology Strategy Board (Aston £296,114, Other partners £879,453)

    Localised energy systems – a cross sector approach (Jan 2015 to Jan 2018)

2. CASE award (EPSRC) Extention (£10,278):

    Power Electronic Converters for Smart Grid LV Networks 

3. CASE award (EPSRC) Alstom Grid:

    Multi-Level Power Electronic Converters for HVDC Applications

4. CASE award (EPSRC) Central Networks:

    Power Electronic Converters for Smart Grid LV Networks


PhD Supervision
Available to supervise PhD students

Membership of Professional Bodies
MIET, MIEEE, CEng

Recent publications include:

Journals
J. Yang, X. Bai, D. Strickland, L. Jenkins, A.M. Cross, “Dynamic Network Rating for Low Carbon Distribution Network Operation—A U.K. Application”, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 6, Issue 2, March 2015, pp.988 – 998.
A. Baghramian, A.M. Cross, A.J. Forsyth, “'Interactions Within Heterogeneous Systems of Uncontrolled Rectifiers for Aircraft Electrical Power Systems”, IET Electrical Systems in Transportation, Vol. 1, Issue 1, March 2011, pp.49 - 60.
A.A. Abd Hafez, R. Todd, A.J. Forsyth, A.M. Cross, “DC Current Ripple Compensation for Multi-Phase Fault-Tolerant Machines”, IET Electrical Power Applications, Vol. 5, Issue 1, January 2011, pp.28 - 36.
A. Cross, A. Baghramian, A.J.Forsyth “Approximate, Average, Dynamic Models of Uncontrolled Rectifiers for Aircraft Applications”, IET Power Electronics, Vol. 2, Issue 4. July 2009, pp.398 – 409.
X. Liu, A.J. Forsyth, A.M. Cross, ‘Design and Performance of a Negative Input Resistance Compensator for a Constant Power Load’, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 54, Issue. 6, December 2007, pp.3188-3196.
A.M. Cross, A.J. Forsyth, ‘Simulation and Evaluation of High-Voltage Power Systems for Civil Aircraft’, Society of Automotive Engineers Transactions on Aerospace, No. 2004-01-3182, November 2004, pp.1861-1870.
A.M. Cross, A.J. Forsyth, ‘A High-Power-Factor, Three-Phase Isolated AC-DC Converter Using High-Frequency Current Injection’, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Volume 18, No. 4, July 2003, pp.1012 –1019.
A.M. Cross, P.D. Evans, A.J. Forsyth, ‘DC Link Current in PWM Inverters with Unbalanced and Nonlinear Loads’, IEE Proceedings Electric Power Applications, Volume 146, No. 6, November 1999, pp.620 –626.

Conferences

H. Taghizadeh, A. Cross, “The Effect of Circuit Parasitics on Resonant Switched Capacitor Converters”, Abstract accepted for European Power Electronics Conference, September 2015.
H. Taghizadeh, A. Cross, R. Whitehouse, C. Barker, “Switched Capacitor DC-DC Converters for HVDC Applications”, 11th IET International Conference on AC and DC Power Transmission, February 2015, paper no. 86.
E. Zacharis, A. Cross, B. Godfrey, “Power Electronic Interfaces for Low Voltage Residential Networks”, European Power Electronics Conference, September 2013, pp.1-10.
A. Laka, J.A. Barrena, J. Chivite-Zabalza, M.A. S.A Rodriguez, A. Cross, “VSC Topology Comparison For STATCOM Application Under Unbalanced Conditions”, European Power Electronics Conference, September 2013, pp.1-10.
E. Zacharis, A. Cross, B. Godfrey, “Power Quality Improvements for LV Networks”, IET Seminar on Power Quality, Birmingham, UK, November 2012.
N. Mukherjee, D. Strickland, A. Cross, W. Hung, “Reliability Estimation of second life Battery System Power Electronic topologies for Grid Frequency Response Applications”, PEMD 2012, March 2012.
B. Ruben, A. Cross, D. Strickland, M. Aten, R. Ferris, “Meshing Radial Networks at 11kV and LV”, IEEE Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT Europe), December 2011, pp.1-8.
A.M. Cross, D.Strickland, “Using SPICE for Power System Simulations”, European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE 2011, August 2011, pp.1-10.
A.M. Cross, D.R. Trainer, R.W. Crookes, “Chain-link based HVDC Voltage Source Converter Using Current Injection”, IET 9th International Conference on AC and DC Power Transmission, ACDC 2010, London, October 2010, pp.1-5.
A.M.Cross, A.J. Forsyth, “Small-Signal Input Admittance Characteristics of a Brushless DC motor Drive”, IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference PEMD2008, York, April 2008, pp.520-526.
A.M.Cross, J.Chivite, A.J.Forsyth, S.Smith, R.Shuttleworth, S.A.Long, D.R.Trainer, “Electrical System Evaluation Platform for Uninhabited Autonomous Vehicles”, Society of Automotive Engineers Conference on Power Systems, New Orleans, November 2006, No. 2006-01-3053.
A.A. AbdEl-hafez, A.M. Cross, A.J.Forsyth, D.R. Trainer, J.A. Cullen, “Single-Phase Active Rectifier Selection for Fault Tolerant Machine”, IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference PEMD2006, Dublin, April 2006, pp.435-439.
A.M. Cross, G. Pryce-Jones, A.J. Forsyth, N. Baydar, S. MacKenzie, “Modelling and Simulation for the Evaluation of Electric Power Systems of Large Passenger Aircraft”, Royal Aeronautical Society Conference on the More-Electric Aircraft, London, April 2004, pp.6.1-6.11.
A.M. Cross, A.J. Forsyth, B. Cooper, “Modelling, Simulation and Validation of a Twelve-Pulse Autotransformer Rectifier for Aerospace Applications”, IEE Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference PEMD2004, Edinburgh, March 2004 Vol. 2, pp.528-533.
A.M. Cross, A.J. Forsyth, D.R. Trainer, N. Baydar, ‘Simulation of Power Quality Issues in More Electric Aircraft Actuator Supplies’, 10th European Power Electronics Conference EPE2003, Toulouse, September 2003, No. 183.
A.M. Cross, A.J. Forsyth, G. Mason, ‘Modelling and Simulation Strategies for the Electric Systems of Large Passenger Aircraft’, Society of Automotive Engineers Conference on Power Systems, Coral Springs Florida, October 2002, No. 2002-01-3255.
A.M. Cross, A.J., Forsyth, ‘Control of DC-Side Active Filter For Three-Phase Inverters in Aerospace Applications’, 8th European Power Electronics Conference EPE99, Lausanne, September 1999, No. 311.

Patents

A.M. Cross, D.R. Trainer, R.W. Crookes, “Converter for High Voltage DC-DC Transmission”, WO/2011/098117, published 18h August 2011
A.M. Cross, D. Trainer, R. Withanage, R. Whitehouse, “Converter”, WO/2010/088969, published 12th August 2010
A.M. Cross, A.A. AbdEl-hafez, A.J.Forsyth, D.R. Trainer, J.A. Cullen, A.J. Mitcham, “A Synchronous Electrical Machine”, WO/2009/007671, published 15th January 2009.


Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research