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Personal Statement

Dr Pawel Niewczas is a Reader in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He is leading the Advanced Sensors Team within the Institute for Energy and Environment in the same department. His main research interests centre on the advancement of photonic sensing methods and systems integration in applications that lie predominantly in power and energy sectors. He has carried out a unique portfolio of research programmes, generally focusing on fibre based spectrally encoded sensors, and addressing such issues as sensor design, fabrication, packaging, deployment, and interrogation in challenging environments. The current key strategic applications of his research include such areas as power system metering and protection; wind turbine structural health monitoring; downhole pressure, temperature, voltage and current measurement; and sensing in nuclear fission and fusion environments. He has published over 100 technical papers in this area and holds 2 granted patents. Externally, he is a co-founder and R&D Director of the spin-out company Synaptec.

Dr Niewczas is Deputy Director of the Graduate School in the EEE Department. He is also Director of the Electrical Power and Energy Systems (EPES) MSc Course.

Currently available PhD research projects under supervision of Dr Pawel Niewczas are listed here:

https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/research/electronicelectricalengineering/

Research Interests

Development and application of photonic sensors within power and energy industries, including such areas as power system metering and protection; wind turbine structural health monitoring; gas turbine monitoring; downhole and subsea pressure, temperature voltage and current measurement; sensing in nuclear fission and fusion environments; and other sensing applications.

Research interest in intrinsic and hybrid fibre-optic sensors; sensor design, fabrication, encapsulation and deployment; sensor networks and interrogation techniques; signal processing and communication.

Expertise & Capabilities

Sensor development

  • Development of spectrally encoded sensor devices exploiting intrinsic and hybrid sensing mechanisms
  • Development of fibre-to-metal bonds, seals and fabrication techniques
  • Fundamental research in the area of materials science

Sensor instrumentation and metrology

  • High frequency measurements
  • Static measurements
  • Nano-ε resolution measurements
  • Extended step-out and multiplexed systems
  • Integrated photonics, low-cost/high-performance FBG interrogation techniques

Measurement capabilities

  • temperature, strain (static & dynamic), pressure
  • magnetic/ electric fields, voltage, current, bend

Delivery of industrially focussed projects

  • Good understanding of industry needs
  • Experience of projects with tight timescales and tangible outcomes

 

Currently available defined PhD research projects under supervision of Dr Pawel Niewczas are listed here:

https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/research/electronicelectricalengineering/

 

Industrial Relevance

Present and former industrial collaborators:

Scottish Power Renewables (SPR), Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), EDF Energy, Toshiba, The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), ConocoPhillips, GE OIL & GAS, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), and Rolls-Royce.

Teaching Interests

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • EE108/19260 Electrical Circuits
  • EE269 Electronic & Electrical Principles II
  • EE986 Professional Studies
  • Final Year Project/MSc/MPhil/PhD/EngD Student Supervisor

Teaching Administration Responsibilities:

  • Graduate School Deputy Director
  • Director of the Electrical Power Engineering with Business (EPEwB) MSc Course
  • Academic Selector for the MSc Course in EEE
  • Member of the Courses & Teaching Working Group
  • Member of the 1st and 2nd Year Teaching and Learning Groups
  • Member of the Faculty Board of Study
  • UCAS Interviewer

 

 

 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Master of Science, Lublin University of Technology

Keywords

  • sensors
  • fibre optics
  • photonics
  • metrology

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Projects

Research Output

Concrete fatigue experiment for sensor prototyping and validation of industrial SHM trials

McAlorum, J., Fusiek, G., Rubert, T. & Niewczas, P., 9 Sep 2019, 2019 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

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    Modulated low fault-energy protection scheme for DC smart grids

    Li, C., Rakhra, P., Norman, P., Niewczas, P., Burt, G. & Clarkson, P., 17 May 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Datasets

    Thesis

    Life extension for wind turbine structures and foundations

    Author: Rubert, T., 1 Oct 2018

    Supervisor: Niewczas, P. (Supervisor) & McMillan, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Piezoelectric degradation and circuit protection in fibre Bragg grating and piezoelectric stack based low voltage transducers

    Author: Clayburn, L., 17 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Niewczas, P. (Supervisor) & Burt, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis

    Prizes

    Activities

    Technical Co-Chair of the IEEE I2MTC 2022 Conference

    Pawel Niewczas (Organiser)
    1 May 202030 May 2022

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference