Gaoliang Fang

Ph.D. Student

Gaoliang Fang received his B.S. and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU), Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, in 2015 and 2018, respectively. From 2019, he has been with Dr. Ali Emadi’s research team at McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. His research interests include torque control, vibration, and noise reduction of switched reluctance machines (SRM).

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When Gaoliang was a second-year undergraduate student, his participation in the national intelligent car racing competition inspired his interests in the field of EV. During the intelligent car designing process, he enjoyed the feeling of burying himself into his job and satisfied when his work made a strong contribution to the team. After years’ hard working, he won the national first prize in the 11th National Students’ NXP Cup Intelligent Car Competition and ranked 2nd place in all the teams from China. After then, his interest was focusing on the propulsion motor in the EV, especially the type of permanent-magnet-free switched reluctance machine, when he realized the fossil fuels would be depleted in the predicted future.

After completing his Bachelor program, Gaoliang was admitted as a master student in NWPU without the entrance examination due to the high rank in the academic performance during the undergraduate period. During his master’s research, he tried to lower the cost but without penalty to the performance of the drive system. Based on this, he proposed a direct instantaneous torque control method only with low-cost position sensors while the efficiency of SRM was also enhanced. Later on, he developed a novel, computation-less but accurate online method to estimate the instantaneous torque of SRM. With these two creative techniques, the SRM drive system could achieve high performance but with the lower cost and less parameter characterizing time. Gaoliang also worked on sensorless control, the converter topologies of SRM, and participated in applying a project approved by National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) about switched reluctance starter/generator.

Now Gaoliang is currently a Ph. D. student at the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) under supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi. His research is not only focused on the torque control, vibration, and noise reduction of SRMs, but also on sensorless control of permanent magnet machines. Apart from his main area of research, Gaoliang also enjoys exploring in the embedded system design.

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