Dr Andrew Cross

A Cross


Phone number
+44 (0)121 204 3731


Room number
NW 417

Teaching activity
Foundation degree in Power Systems

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


  • GEC Industrial Controls

  • Alstom Power Conversion

  • Ultra Electronics

  • Areva T&D

  • Birmingham University – Research Fellow

  • Manchester University - Lecturer

Teaching activity
Foundation degree program

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

Selected Publications

Recent publications include:
  • H. Taghizadeh, A. M. Cross, R. S. Whitehouse, C. D. Barker, “Application of Switched Capacitor Converters in Offshore DC Grid”, abstract submitted to IET ACDC Conference 2015.
  • E. Zacharis, A. Cross, B. Godfrey, Saeed Safari, Alberto Castellazzi, Peter Ward, Iain Mosely, “Power Electronic Interfaces for Residential Networks”, PEMD 2014, paper no. 0093, April 2014.
  • E. Zacharis, A. Cross, B. Godfrey, “Power Electronic Interfaces for Low Voltage Residential Networks”, European Power Electronics Conference, September 2013, pp.1-10.
  • 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.
  • A. Baghramian, A.M. Cross, A.J. Forsyth, “'Interactions Within Heterogeneous Systems of Uncontrolled Rectifiers for Aircraft Electrical Power Systems”, accepted by IET Electrical Systems in Transportation journal December 2010.

  • A.A. Abd Hafez, R. Todd, A.J. Forsyth, A.M. Cross, “DC Current Ripple Compensation for Multi-Phase Fault-Tolerant Machines”, accepted by IET Electrical Power Applications journal 2010.

  • 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, paper no. O5.5.

  • A. Cross, A. Baghramian, A.J.Forsyth “Approximate, Average, Dynamic Models of Uncontrolled Rectifiers for Aircraft Applications”, IET Power Electronics, July 2009, Vol. 2, Issue 4. pp.398 – 409.

  • 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.

  • 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. 



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