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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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
090603Industrial Electronics40
090607Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Renewable Power)30
090608Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells)30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/06/1998 - 1/05/2004Student / Tutor / Lecturer / Research AssociateUniversity of Newcastle
Defunct - CIDAC
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/09/2001 - 1/05/2004ConsultantMatrikon Pty Ltd
1/07/1998 - 1/07/1999ConsultantCICS Automation Pty Ltd
Advanced Control
Australia
1/01/1997 - 1/01/1999Design EngineerZener Electrical (Newcastle) Pty Ltd
1/05/1995 - 1/06/1997Electrical Consulting EngineerTYP Pty. Ltd.
Electrical
Australia
1/02/1994 - 1/05/1995Electrical Consulting EngineerApproved Electrical Services
Electrical
Australia
1/01/1992 - 1/06/1994Electrical Development EngineerBHP Sheet and Coil Products Division, Port Kembla
Australia
1/01/1987 - 1/12/1991Cadet Electrical EngineerBHP 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Goodwin 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]
DOI10.1016/j.arcontrol.2010.08.002
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsDaniel Quevedo, Graham Goodwin
2009Mirzaeva G, Coates C, 'A High-Performance Drive for the Rotary Coal Breaker Application', IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS, 45 1232-1240 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1109/TIA.2009.2023491Author URL
2004Coates 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)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Batt 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]
2011Kosman 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]
DOI10.2316/P.2011.756-026
Co-authorsAparna Viswanath
2011Batt 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]
2010Goodwin 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]
CitationsScopus - 8
Co-authorsDaniel Quevedo, Graham Goodwin
2009Choon 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]
DOI10.1007/978-3-642-03454-1
Co-authorsAparna Viswanath
2007Coates 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]
2007Macready AR, Coates C, 'Low cost wind turbine controller', 2007 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference. AUPEC '07. Proceedings, Perth, WA (2007) [E1]
CitationsScopus - 1
2007Griffiths 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]
2007Mirzaeva 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]
2006Griffiths 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]
2005Mirzaeva 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-authorsRichard Middleton
2004Coates C, 'Electrical drive issues in rope shovels and longwall mining machines', CD ROM, Noosa (2004) [E1]
2003Coates C, Pulle DW, Veltman A, 'Modelling of Single Phase Induction Machines', Proceedings for AUPEC 2003, Christchurch, NZ (2003) [E1]
2001Coates 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]
DOI10.1109/IAS.2001.955908
2001Coates 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]
CitationsScopus - 7
2000Coates 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 grants10
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 bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamAssociate Professor Phil Clausen, Associate Professor Tristan Perez, Doctor Colin Coates, Professor David Wood
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1000155
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20071 grants / $158,000

DC Motor Duty Meter$158,000

Funding body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Funding bodyAustralian Coal Research Limited
Project TeamDoctor Galina Mirzaeva, Professor Robert Betz, Doctor Terrence Summers, Doctor Colin Coates
SchemeAustralian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187375
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category1NS
UONY

20051 grants / $37,500

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

Funding body: CSIRO - Energy Technology

Funding bodyCSIRO - Energy Technology
Project TeamDoctor Colin Coates
SchemePostgraduate Research Scholarship
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185514
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20022 grants / $22,113

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Reza Moheimani, Doctor Colin Coates, Professor Robert Betz
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181289
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Colin Coates
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181437
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20012 grants / $13,122

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Colin Coates
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0179982
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Colin Coates
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0181168
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20003 grants / $120,633

Improved Soft Starter for Induction Machines$60,803

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Robert Betz, Doctor Colin Coates, Dr Brian Cook
SchemeStrategic Partnerships with Industry - Research & Training Scheme (SPIRT)
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0178630
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

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

Funding body: Zener Electrical (Newcastle) Pty Ltd

Funding bodyZener Electrical (Newcastle) Pty Ltd
Project TeamProfessor Robert Betz, Doctor Colin Coates, Dr Brian Cook
SchemeSPIRT Partner funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0179333
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Colin Coates
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0180166
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Revolutionising Weak and Off Grid Power Systems
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2013Ingot Chain Casting - Control Strategy Upgrade from Batch to Continuous
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012Modelling and Control of Inverter Sources within a Low Voltage Distributed Generation System
Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
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

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

Office

RoomEAG23
BuildingEngineering A
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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