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PhD projects

Active Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Demand Controlled Ventilation in Buildings; Building Occupancy Sensing; Protection Systems for Low Voltage DC (LVDC) distribution Systems; Protection Systems for Smart Cities and Large Industrial Installations

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  • 28 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

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I am the course director for Building Services degree Apprenticeships and also teaches modules in Building services systems, with particular focus on Building Services Electrics and intelligent built Environment.

I started my PhD as a partial scholar following an MSc-distinction in Electrical Engineering Systems at Staffordshire University, UK. This subsequently led to securing a grant of £86,000 from General Electric Grid solutions in Stafford – UK, to develop new protection algorithms for application to DC grids, where I was the main proof-of-concept investigator. Generally, the lack of fast fault detection algorithms has been identified by researchers and systems developers as a major issue in the realisation of DC grids.

The outcome of my PhD research led to the development of a novel time domain protection algorithm for application to DC grids. This principle, which is based on travelling waves, has been proven and validated; and it is anticipated that it will be implemented in modern micro-processor based relays in the near future. It is envisaged that the novel protection algorithm will also be applicable to low voltage DC distribution (LVDC) systems.

PhD Project

I am open to discussions and collaborations in the underlisted and promising research areas in the built environment.  I am also happy to accept PhD and MSc /MRes students.

Research Interests

  • Protection Systems (AC & DC)
  • Low voltage DC distribution (LVDC) Systems
  • Renewable Energy technologies & Integration
  • Smart Grids and Smart Cities
  • Smart and Intelligent Buildings
  • Active Energy Efficient Systems in Buildings
  • Active and Assisted living (AAL) in Buildings
  • Load Forecasting and Demand Side Management

Education/Academic qualification

Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Doctorate, Staffordshire University

Mar 2014Dec 2017

Higher & Professional Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Staffordshire University

Sep 2016May 2017

Research Methods, Postgraduate Certificate, Staffordshire University

Jan 2014May 2015

Electrical Engineering, MSc, Staffordshire University

1 Sep 20101 Dec 2011

External positions

PhD Supervisor- Protection of DC grids, Staffordshire University UK

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Research Output

  • 28 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 7 Paper
  • 3 Article
  • 1 Chapter

Aspects of travelling wave based protection philosophy for consideration in DC Grids of the future

Ikhide, M., Tennakoon, S., Griffiths, A. & Ha, H., 6 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press). 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • A transient and non-unit-based protection technique for DC grids based on the rate-of-change (R-o-C) of the fault induced travelling wave components

    Ikhide, M., Tennakoon, S., Ha, H., Griffiths, A., Subramanian, S. & Adamczyk, A., 1 Mar 2019, In : Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks. 17, 25 p., 100195.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Developing Energy Control and Optimisation Methodology for Built Environment of the Future

    Ikhide, M., Egaji, A. & Ahmed, A., 31 Aug 2019, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Buildings. Sayigh, A. (ed.). Switzerland: Springer, p. 567-577 11 p. (Innovative Renewable Energy ).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • A Back-up protection strategy for future DC grids utilising travelling wave energy

    Ikhide, M., Tennakoon, S., Griffiths, A., Ha, H., Subramanian, S. & Adamczyk, A., 11 Sep 2018, (Submitted).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    A novel time domain protection technique for multi-terminal HVDC networks utilising travelling wave energy

    Ikhide, M., Tennakoon, S., Griffiths, A., Ha, H., Subramanian, S. & Adamczyk, A., Dec 2018, In : Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks. 16, p. 300-314 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    12 Downloads (Pure)