Special Session 2

Reliability Modeling and Assessment in Power Electronic based Power Systems

Power electronics are the key enabling technology in a wide range of applications comprising of smart-grids, e-mobility, aerospace, energy transmission systems, customer electronics, and lighting. Increasing the penetration of power electronics encounters the electrical systems to the reliability challenges. Depending on its specific application, a certain level of reliability and availability should be assured achieving minimum failure and outage risk. The industrial and energy sectors are devoting more and more efforts to improve power electronic systems in order to account for reliability with cost-effective and sustainable solutions. The paradigm shift in reliability research in power electronics is going on in terms of the design methodologies, reliability testing concepts, reliability modeling and enhancement approaches. Research on active switching devices, passive components, and interconnections is of interest to have a better understanding on the component-level reliability physics and it is extended to system-level reliability based on component level reliability physics. Furthermore, with the consideration of reliability as performance, the existing or new power converter topologies and control schemes are to be studied in multi-physics domains. The reliability and risk assessment in power systems with high penetration of power electronic converters are also interesting research areas to provide additional opportunities to ensure the reliable energy supply for wide range of customers with different applications.

Topics of interest of this Special Session include, but are not limited to:

  • Reliability and resilience assessment techniques and methods for power converters and power electronic based power systems
  • Multi-time scale reliability modeling in power electronic converters and power electronic based power systems
  • Long-term and short-term simulation techniques for reliability assessment in power converters
  • Accelerated aging tests for reliability evaluation of power electronic converters
  • Reliability enhancement in motor drives, wind farms, photovoltaic parks, electrical vehicles, electric aircrafts, etc.
  • Design and optimization for Reliability in Power Electronics Systems
  • Failure mechanism in power electronic components and systems
  • Fault-tolerant strategies of power electronic converters
  • Condition monitoring in power electronic systems
  • Control for reliability in power electronic based power systems
  • Reliability validation testing for power converters
  • Adequacy and security evaluation in power electronic based power systems
  • Reliability assessment indices and approaches for ac/dc microgrids
  • Risk assessment in power electronic based power systems

Special Session Organizers

  • Saeed Peyghami, Postdoctoral Researcher at Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Shahriyar Kaboli, Associate Professor at Sharif University of Technology, Iran
  • Frede Blaabjerg, Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark

Special Session Organizers (short bios):

Saeed Peyghami, Aalborg University, (SAP@ET.AAU.DK) (S’14–M’17) received the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees all in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2010, 2012, 2017 respectively. He was a Visiting Ph.D. Scholar with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark in 2015 to 2016, where he is currently a Postdoctoral researcher. His research interests include control, stability and reliability of power electronic based power systems.

Shahriyar Kaboli, Sharif University of Technology, (KABOLI@SHARIF.EDU) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1997, 1999, and 2006, respectively. From 2003 to 2004, he was a Post-Doctoral Researcher with INPG, France. He has been with the Sharif University of Technology since 2007 as an assistant professor and as an Associate Professor since 2015. His current research interest includes reliable power converter design.

Frede Blaabjerg Aalborg University, (FBL@ET.AAU.DK) (S’86–M’88–SM’97–F’03) was with ABB-Scandia, Randers, Denmark, from 1987 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he got the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Aalborg University in 1995. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998. From 2017 he became a Villum Investigator.His current research interests include power electronics and its applications such as in wind turbines, PV systems, reliability, harmonics and adjustable speed drives. He has published more than 500 journal papers in the fields of power electronics and its applications. He is the co-author of two monographs and editor of 7 books in power electronics and its applications.He has received 24 IEEE Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE PELS Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the EPE-PEMC Council Award in 2010, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award 2014 and the Villum Kann Rasmussen Research Award 2014. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS from 2006 to 2012. He has been  Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2005 to 2007 and for the IEEE Industry Applications Society from 2010 to 2011 as well as 2017 to 2018. In 2018 he is President Elect of IEEE Power Electronics Society.He is nominated in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world. In 2017 he became Honoris Causa at University Politehnica Timisoara (UPT), Romania.