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Biography

Steve Mitchell was born in Newcastle in 1969. In 1988 he began his Electrical Engineering degree in conjunction with a 7 year Industrial Traineeship. The Traineeship provided a broad range of electrical engineering experience including train/locomotive design and manufacture and heavy industry plant maintenance. Steve graduated with honours in 1995 and for the next five years he worked as a design engineer for an electronics company that manufactured equipment for mining and industrial applications. During this time his work primarily focussed on the design of control and protection relays which are now widely used in underground mining settings both in Australia and internationally. In 2000 Steve was appointed as a senior research assistant at the University of Newcastle. The research was based on the condition monitoring of high voltage bushings. From 2005 he was appointed as a professional officer at the university, providing electronic design and teaching support to the Electrical Engineering Department. In 2009 Steve was appointed as a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at the University of Newcastle. Whilst employed by the University of Newcastle, Steve began a part time research higher degree. Steve's PhD was titled "Power Transformer Modelling to Support the Interpretation of Frequency Response Analysis" and was awarded in 2011. Following on from his roots in heavy industry, Steve's research interests continue to be primarily focussed on the design, condition monitoring and diagnostics of equipment found in the power, mining and heavy industry areas.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 18/12/2011
  • Bachelor of Engineering, University of Newcastle

Research

Research keywords

  • Condition Monitoring
  • Frequency Response Analysis
  • High Voltage Equipment
  • Partial Discharge
  • Power Transformers

Research expertise

Steve's research is in the area of condition monitoring, diagnostics and control of power and heavy industrial equipment. His particular area of focus is in power transformer diagnostics including Frequency Response Analysis and the localisation of partial discharge.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
090607Power And Energy Systems Engineering (Excl. Renewable Power)100

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Awards

Recognition.

1995Spruson & Ferguson Prize in Electrical / Computer Engineering
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Most Innovative Final Year Project

Research Award.

2007Best Student Paper Award
Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC) (Australia)
2006Postgraduate Research Prize for Electrical, Computer and Communications Engineering
University of Newcastle (Australia)

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Administrative duty experience includes:

  • Program Convenor for Computer Engineering
  • Marketing leader for the Discipline of Electrical Engineering
  • Student Experience for the Discipline of Electrical Engineering
  • Industry Scholarships for Computer Engineering

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Teaching expertise

Steve's teaching focus is in the area of analog and digital electronics, programmable logic design, embedded programming, and advanced computer systems.

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Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Mitchell SD, Rocha ADCO, Holdyk A, Gustavsen B, Jaarsveld BJ, Portillo A, et al., Electrical Transient Interaction Between Transformers and the Power System Part 1 - Expertise, Part 2 - Case Studies, CIGRE, CIGRE, Part 1: 175, Part 2: 123 (2014)

Journal article (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Mitchell SD, Rocha ADCO, Holdyk A, Gustavsen B, Jaarsveld BJ, Portillo A, et al., 'Electrical Transient Interaction between Transformers and the Power System', Electra (CIGRE), 97-103 (2014)
2013Mitchell SD, Welsh JS, 'Initial parameter estimates and constraints to support gray box modeling of power transformers', IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, 28 2411-2418 (2013) [C1]
2011Mitchell SD, Welsh JS, 'Modeling power transformers to support the interpretation of frequency-response analysis', IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, 26 2705-2717 (2011) [C1]
2010Mitchell SD, Welsh JS, 'The influence of complex permeability on the broadband frequency response of a power transformer', IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, 25 803-813 (2010) [C1]
2007Mitchell SD, Welsh JS, Middleton RH, Phung BT, 'Practical implementation of a narrowband high frequency distributed model for locating partial discharge in a power transformer', 2007 ELECTRICAL INSULATION CONFERENCE AND ELECTRICAL MANUFACTURING EXPO, 127-131 (2007)
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Conference (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Oliveira GHC, Mitchell SD, 'Comparison of Black-Box Modeling Approaches for Transient Analysis: A GIS case study', Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Power Systems Transients, Vancouver, CA (2013) [E1]
2012Mitchell SD, Oliveira GHC, 'A hybrid modelling methodology for analysing the effect of system transients within power transformers', AUPEC 2012 22nd Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference, Bali, Indonesia (2012) [E1]
2012Mirzaeva G, Mitchell SD, 'Duty meter approach in condition monitoring of industrial electric motors', Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Perth, Western Australia (2012) [E1]
2011Mitchell SD, Welsh JS, 'Estimation of physical transformer parameters from frequency response analysis', IEEE PES Trondheim PowerTech 2011: The Power of Technology for a Sustainable Society, Trondheim, Norway (2011) [E1]
2010Oliveira GHC, Mitchell SD, Welsh JS, 'Modeling approaches based on FRA tests for simulating and analyzing a power transformer's dynamic behavior: A comparison', ARWtr 2010 Proceedings, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2010) [E1]

Co-authors: James Welsh

2010Mitchell SD, Welsh JS, Oliveira GHC, 'Physical modelling of power transformers utilising end to end frequency response analysis', CIGRE International Workshop on Power Transformers, VI Workspot, Parana, Brasil (2010) [E2]

Co-authors: James Welsh

2010Oliveira GHC, Schauenburg FF, Maestrelli R, Rocha ACO, Mitchell SD, Welsh JS, 'SimPowerSystems para Estudo de Transitorios no Sistema Irape - Aracuai Visando Uso de Modelos Caixa-Preta de Transformadores', CIGRE International Workshop on Power Transformers, VI Workspot, Parana, Brasil (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: James Welsh

2009Mitchell SD, Welsh JS, 'Permeability and its influence on the broadband frequency response of a power transformer', 2009 Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, Wuhan, China (2009) [E1]
2008Mitchell SD, Welsh JS, Phung BT, 'Relating a distribution transformer's connection topology and the influence of inductive disparity to the observed frequency response', AUPEC '08 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference 2008, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E1]

Co-authors: James Welsh

2007Mitchell SD, Welsh JS, Middleton RH, Phung BT, 'A narrow band high frequency distributed power transformer model for partial discharge location', Conference Proceedings of the 2007 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference. AUPEC'07, Perth, WA (2007) [E1]
2007Welsh JS, Rojas CR, Mitchell SD, 'Wideband parametric identification of a power transformer', Conference Proceedings of the 2007 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference. AUPEC'07, Perth, WA (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: James Welsh

2007Mitchell SD, Welsh JS, Middleton RH, Phung BT, 'Practical implementation of a narrowband high frequency distributed model for locating partial discharge in a power transformer', 2007 EIC/EM EXPO. Electrical Insulation Conference and Electrical Manufacturing Expo. Proceedings, Nashville, TN (2007) [E2]
2003Xu S, Mitchell SD, Middleton RH, 'Partial Discharge Localization for a Transformer Based on Frequency Spectrum Analysis', Proceeding for AUPEC 2003, Christchurch, NZ (2003) [E1]

Co-authors: Richard Middleton

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants8
Total funding$216,833

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2014 (1 grants)

2014 IEEE PES General Meeting, Washington DC USA, 27-31 July 2014$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Steve Mitchell
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020142014
GNo:G1400778

2013 (1 grants)

DC Motor Duty Meter Prototype - Stage 3$177,333
Funding Body: Australian Coal Research Limited

Project Team
Doctor Galina Mirzaeva, Doctor Steve Mitchell, Professor Robert Betz, Doctor Terrence Summers
SchemeRole
Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$177,33320132014
GNo:G1200841

2012 (1 grants)

Australasian University's Power Engineering Conference 2012, Hotel Ramada, Kuta, bali, Indonesia, 26 - 29 September 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Steve Mitchell
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200944

2011 (3 grants)

Winding Deformation Detection in Power Transformers$5,710
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Steve Mitchell
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,71020112011
GNo:G1100274

Winding Deformation Detection in Power Transformers$4,290
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Steve Mitchell
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher (Equipment) GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,29020112011
GNo:G1101005

IEEE PES Trondheim PowerTech 2011, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 19 - 23 June 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Steve Mitchell
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100770

2010 (1 grants)

New Staff Grant 2010$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Steve Mitchell
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020102010
GNo:G1000062

2009 (1 grants)

Fault Detection in Electricity Networks$20,000
Funding Body: Ausgrid

Project Team
Doctor Steve Mitchell, Doctor James Welsh, Associate Professor Jose De Dona
SchemeRole
Sponsorship AgreementChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020092009
GNo:G0900082
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions5
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.75
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Electrical Engineering)Co-SupervisorControl of Grid Connected Power Electronic Devices
20132017M Philosophy(Elec Engineering)Principal SupervisorPower Transformers Condition Assessment
20132017M Philosophy(Elec Engineering)Principal SupervisorCondition Monitoring of Power Transformers
20132017PhD (Electrical Engineering)Principal SupervisorMitigating the Effects of Renewable Energy Systems on Electrical Power Quality
20112015M Philosophy(Elec Engineering)Principal SupervisorCondition Monitoring of Power Transformers
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Dr Steven (Steve) Mitchell

Work Phone(02) 4921 6147
Fax(02) 4921 6993
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaElectrical and Computer Engineering
Office
EAG32,
Building EA,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/steve-mitchell