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Dr Colin Coates

Senior Lecturer

School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
My major areas of research interest include: * Electric Drives * Low Voltage Distributed Generation * Small Scale Wind Turbines

Teaching Expertise
My teaching experience includes undergraduate coursework both on campus and offshore (Singapore), honours project and postgraduate research supervision. Specific course taught include: * 2nd Year: Introductory Electronics * 3rd Year: Electronics * 4th Year: Electronics Design, Advanced Drives and Power Electronics, Final Year Project Coordination I have previously been the B.E. (Electrical) Program Convenor (2004-2009) overseeing several significant changes to the program.

Administrative Expertise
I am currently the Head of Discipline - Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering (since 2010)

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Wollongong
  • Bachelor of Mathematics/Bachelor of Engineering, University of Wollongong

Keywords

  • Electric Drives
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Power Electronics

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
090603 Industrial Electronics 40
090607 Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Renewable Power) 30
090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells) 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/06/1998 - 1/05/2004 Student / Tutor / Lecturer / Research Associate University of Newcastle
Defunct - CIDAC
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/09/2001 - 1/05/2004 Consultant Matrikon Pty Ltd
1/07/1998 - 1/07/1999 Consultant CICS Automation Pty Ltd
Advanced Control
Australia
1/01/1997 - 1/01/1999 Design Engineer Zener Electrical (Newcastle) Pty Ltd
1/05/1995 - 1/06/1997 Electrical Consulting Engineer TYP Pty. Ltd.
Electrical
Australia
1/02/1994 - 1/05/1995 Electrical Consulting Engineer Approved Electrical Services
Electrical
Australia
1/01/1992 - 1/06/1994 Electrical Development Engineer BHP Sheet and Coil Products Division, Port Kembla
Australia
1/01/1987 - 1/12/1991 Cadet Electrical Engineer BHP Sheet and Coil Products Division, Port Kembla
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Goodwin GC, Mayne DQ, Chen K-Y, Coates C, Mirzaeva G, Quevedo DE, 'An introduction to the control of switching electronic systems', Annual Reviews in Control, 34 209-220 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.arcontrol.2010.08.002
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Daniel Quevedo, Graham Goodwin
2009 Mirzaeva G, Coates C, 'A High-Performance Drive for the Rotary Coal Breaker Application', IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS, 45 1232-1240 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TIA.2009.2023491
2004 Coates C, Pulle DW, Veltman A, 'Modelling of single phase induction machines', Australian Journal of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, 1 151-155 (2004) [C1]

Conference (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Batt NJ, Coates C, 'Maximising output power of self-excited induction generators for small wind turbines', Proceedings: 2012 XXth International Conference on Electrical Machines, Marseille (2012) [E1]
2011 Kosman J, Viswanath A, Coates C, 'Lagrange relaxation based unit commitment for thermal, solar and wind power generation', PESA 2011: IASTED International Conference on Power and Energy Systems and Applications, Pittsburgh (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.2316/P.2011.756-026
Co-authors Aparna Viswanath
2011 Batt NJ, Coates CE, 'Optimal matching of a self-excited induction generator to a small wind turbine', 30th ISES Biennial Solar World Congress 2011, SWC 2011, Kassel, Germany (2011) [E1]
2010 Goodwin GC, Mayne DQ, Chen T, Coates C, Mirzaeva G, Quevedo DE, 'Opportunities and challenges in the application of advanced control to power electronics and drives', Proceedings. ICIT 2010: IEEE-ICIT 2010 International Conference on Industrial Technology, Vina Del Mar, Chile (2010) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 8
Co-authors Daniel Quevedo, Graham Goodwin
2009 Choon CC, Coates C, Viswanath A, 'Renewable energy source emulator', Sustainability in Energy and Buildings: Proceedings of the International Conference in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB'09), Brighton, UK (2009) [E1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-03454-1
Co-authors Aparna Viswanath
2007 Coates C, Macready AR, 'Comparison of simulation models for self-excited induction generators', 2007 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference. AUPEC '07. Proceedings, Perth, WA (2007) [E1]
2007 Macready AR, Coates C, 'Low cost wind turbine controller', 2007 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference. AUPEC '07. Proceedings, Perth, WA (2007) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2007 Griffiths MN, Coates C, 'Behaviour of microgrids in the presence of unbalanced loads', 2007 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference. AUPEC '07. Proceedings, Perth, WA (2007) [E1]
2007 Mirzaeva G, Coates C, 'A high performance drive for the rotary coal breaker application', Proceedings of the IEEE Industry Applications Conference, 2007: 42nd IAS Annual Meeting, New Orleans (2007) [E1]
2006 Griffiths MN, Coates C, 'Modelling and Performance of Low Voltage Distributed Generation Systems', Proceedings of the 2006 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC'06), Melbourne VIC, Australia (2006) [E1]
2005 Mirzaeva G, Middleton RH, Coates C, McKerihan J, 'Electrical Drive Technology Advances for Mining Applications', 2005 Australian Mining Technology Conference : 'new technologies to produce more with less' : 27 - 28 September 2005 Fremantle, WA, Fremantle, Western Australia (2005) [E1]
Co-authors Richard Middleton
2004 Coates C, 'Electrical drive issues in rope shovels and longwall mining machines', CD ROM, Noosa (2004) [E1]
2003 Coates C, Pulle DW, Veltman A, 'Modelling of Single Phase Induction Machines', Proceedings for AUPEC 2003, Christchurch, NZ (2003) [E1]
2001 Coates C, Platt GM, Gosbell VJ, 'Performance Evaluation of a Nine-Phase Synchronous Reluctance Drive', 2001 IEEE Industry Applications Conference 36th IAS Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, USA (2001) [E2]
DOI 10.1109/IAS.2001.955908
2001 Coates C, Platt GM, Gosbell VJ, 'Performance of Nine-Phase Synchronous Reluctance Drive', The 4th IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics and Drive Systems, Bali, Indonesia (2001) [E2]
Citations Scopus - 7
2000 Coates C, Platt D, Gosbell VJ, 'Control and Performance of a Nine Phase Synchronous Reluctance Drive', AUPEC 2000 Innovation for Secure Power, Brisbane, Australia (2000) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 10
Total funding $481,368

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20111 grants / $130,000

Improved Design and Operational Efficiency of Small Wind Turbines in Unsteady Flows$130,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Phil Clausen, Associate Professor Tristan Perez, Doctor Colin Coates, Professor David Wood
Scheme Discovery Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000155
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20071 grants / $158,000

DC Motor Duty Meter$158,000

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding body Australian Coal Research Limited
Project Team Doctor Galina Mirzaeva, Professor Robert Betz, Doctor Terrence Summers, Doctor Colin Coates
Scheme Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187375
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

20051 grants / $37,500

Network Modeling of a Low voltage Distributed Generation system$37,500

Funding body: CSIRO - Energy Technology

Funding body CSIRO - Energy Technology
Project Team Doctor Colin Coates
Scheme Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185514
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20022 grants / $22,113

Control of emitted noise from switched reluctance drives using shunted piezoelectric transducers$12,504

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Reza Moheimani, Doctor Colin Coates, Professor Robert Betz
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181289
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

High Performance Control of a Nine-Phase Synchronous Reluctance Drive$9,609

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Colin Coates
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181437
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20012 grants / $13,122

High Performance Control of a Nine-Phase Synchronous Reluctance Drive$11,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Colin Coates
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0179982
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting, USA 30 Sept - 4 Oct 2001$2,122

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Colin Coates
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181168
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20003 grants / $120,633

Improved Soft Starter for Induction Machines$60,803

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Doctor Colin Coates, Dr Brian Cook
Scheme Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0178630
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Improved Soft Starter for Induction Machines. 2000 SPIRT PARTNER.$59,413

Funding body: Zener Electrical (Newcastle) Pty Ltd

Funding body Zener Electrical (Newcastle) Pty Ltd
Project Team Professor Robert Betz, Doctor Colin Coates, Dr Brian Cook
Scheme SPIRT Partner funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0179333
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Australian Unviersities Power Engineering Conference, Brisbane 24-27 September 2000$417

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Colin Coates
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0180166
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Masters Revolutionising Weak and Off Grid Power Systems
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 Masters Ingot Chain Casting - Control Strategy Upgrade from Batch to Continuous
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012 PhD Modelling and Control of Inverter Sources within a Low Voltage Distributed Generation System
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
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Dr Colin Coates

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Details

Email colin.coates@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8969
Fax (02) 4921 6993

Office

Room EAG23
Building Engineering A
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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