Engineering and the Environment

Suleiman M Sharkh

BEng, PhD, CEng, MIEE

Primary position:
Professor of Power Electronics Machines and Drives
Other positions:
Head of Electro-Mechanical Engineering research group

Background

The University of Southampton

S. M. Sharkh obtained his BEng and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He is currently the Head of the Electro-Mechanical Research Group at the University of Southampton. He is also the Managing Director of HiT Systems Ltd, and a visiting Professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology and Beijing Jiaotong University.

He has 20 years research experience in the field of electrical and electromagnetic systems including electric switches, power electronics, electrical machines, control systems and characterization and management of advanced batteries. To date he has published about 150 publications. He has obtained research grant income of about £2M from the Research Councils and industry since 1998. He has supervised 11 PhD students to completion and is currently supervising 5 PhD students. He is an established doctoral external examiner in the UK and abroad, including Europe, China and Australia. His research has contributed to the development of a number of commercial products including rim driven marine thrusters (TSL Technology Ltd), down-hole submersible motors for drilling and pumping oil wells (TSL Technology Ltd), sensorless brushless DC motor controllers (TSL Technology), power electronic converters for microgrids (Bowman Power Systems and TSL Technology), high-speed PM alternators for Rankine cycle and gas micro-turbine energy recovery systems (TSL Technology, Bowman Power Systems and Freepower), and battery management systems (Reap Systems Ltd).

He was the winner of The Engineer Energy Innovation and Technology Award that was presented at the Royal Society London in October 2008 for his work on novel rim driven marine thrusters and turbine generators, which are produced commercially under licence by TSL Technology Ltd. He was also awarded the Faraday SPARKS award in 2002. He is a past committee member of the UK Magnetics Society, a member of the IET and a Chartered Engineer.

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Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Hendijanizadeh, M., Sharkh, S.M. and Moshrefi-Torbati, M. (2014) Energy harvesting from a rotational transducer under random excitation. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 6 (doi:10.1063/1.4892452).
Sharkh, S.M., Hendijanizadeh, M., Moshrefi-Torbati, M. and Mohammad, Abusara (2014) A novel Kalman filter based technique for calculating the time history of vertical displacement of a boat from measured acceleration. Marine Engineering Frontiers (MEF), 2, 24-30.
Qazalbash, A., Sharkh, S.M., Irenji, N.T., Wills, R.G.A. and Abusara, M.A. (2014) Calculation of no-load rotor eddy current power loss in PM synchronous machines. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 1-11. (doi:10.1109/TMAG.2014.2318681 ).
Abusara, M.A., Guerrero, J.M. and Sharkh, S.M. (2014) Line interactive UPS for microgrids. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 61, (3), 1292-1300. (doi:10.1109/TIE.2013.2262763).
Qazalbash, A., Sharkh, S.M. and Irenji, N.T. et al. (2014) Rotor eddy current power loss in permanent magnet synchronous generators feeding uncontrolled rectifier loads. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 1-11. (doi:10.1109/TMAG.2013.2297391 ).
Hendijanizadeh, M., Moshrefi-Torbati, M. and Sharkh, S.M. (2013) Constrained design optimisation of vibration energy harvesting devices. Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 136, (2), 021001. (doi:10.1115/1.4025877).
Hendijanizadeh , M., Sharkh, S.M., Elliott, S.J. and Moshrefi-Torbati, M. (2013) Output power and efficiency of electromagnetic energy harvesting systems with constrained range of motion. Smart Materials and Structures, 22, (12), 125009-[10pp]. (doi:10.1088/0964-1726/22/12/125009).
Kokaew, V., Moshrefi-Torbati, M. and Sharkh, S.M. (2013) Maximum efficiency or power tracking of stand-alone small scale compressed air energy storage system. Energy Procedia, 42, 387-396. (doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2013.11.039).
Orfanoudakis, G.I., Yuratich, M.A. and Sharkh, S.M. (2013) Nearest-vector modulation strategies with minimum amplitude of low-frequency neutral-point voltage oscillations for the neutral-point-clamped converter. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 28, (10), 4485-4499. (doi:10.1109/TPEL.2012.2236686 ).
Orfanoudakis, G. I., Yuratich, M. A. and Sharkh, S.M. (2013) Hybrid modulation strategies for eliminating low-frequency neutral-point voltage oscillations in the neutral-point-clamped converter. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 28, (8), 3653-3658. (doi:10.1109/TPEL.2012.2231883 ).
Hussain, B., Sharkh, S.M., Hussain, S. and Abusara, M.A. (2013) An adaptive relaying scheme for fuse saving in distribution networks with distributed generation. IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, 28, (2), 669-677. (doi:10.1109/TPWRD.2012.2224675 ).
Abusara, M. A and Sharkh, S.M. (2013) Design and control of a grid-connected interleaved inverter. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 28, (2), 748-764. (doi:10.1109/TPEL.2012.2201505).
Zhang, C.P., Sharkh, S.M., Li, Xiaohong, Walsh, F.C., Zhang, C. N. and Jiang, J. C. (2011) The performance of a soluble lead-acid flow battery and its comparison to a static lead-acid battery. Energy Conversion and Management, 52, (12), 3391-3398. (doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2011.07.006).
Li , S.G. , Sharkh, S.M., Walsh, F.C. and Zhang, C.N. (2011) Energy and battery management of a plug-in series hybrid electric vehicle using fuzzy logic. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 60, (8), 3671-3585. (doi:10.1109/TVT.2011.2165571 ).
Jackson, C.W., Hunt, Edmund, Sharkh, S.M. and Newland, P.L. (2011) Static electric fields modify the locomotory behaviour of cockroaches. Journal of Experimental Biology, 214, 2020-2026. (doi:10.1242/jeb.053470).
Jamil, M., Sharkh, S.M. and Abusara, M. A. (2011) Current regulation of three-phase grid connected voltage source inverter using robust digital repetitive control. International Review of Automatic Control, 4, (2), 211-219.
Zhang, Caiping, Liu, Jiazhong, Sharkh, Suleiman and Zhang, Chengning (2010) Identification of dynamic model parameters for lithium-ion batteries used in hybrid electric vehicles. High Technology Letters, 16, (1), 6-12. (doi:10.3772/j.issn.1006-6748.2010.01.002).
Abu-Sara, Mohammad and Sharkh, Suleiman (2010) Digital control of a three-phase grid connected inverter. International Journal of Power Electronics (In Press).
Sharkh, S.M. and Lai, S.H. (2009) Slotless PM brushless motor with helical edge-wound laminations. IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, 24, (3), 594-598. (doi:10.1109/TEC.2009.2025423).
Newland, Phillip L., Hunt, Edmund, Sharkh, Suleiman M., Hama, Noriyuki, Takahata, Masakazu and Jackson, Christopher W. (2008) Static electric field detection and behavioural avoidance in cockroaches. Journal of Experimental Biology, 211, (23), 3682-3690. (doi:10.1242/jeb.019901).
Akhtman, J., Furlong, M., Palmer, A., Phillips, A.B., Sharkh, S.M. and Turnock, S.R. (2008) SotonAUV: the design and development of a small, manoeuvreble autonomous underwater vehicle. Underwater Technology, 28, (1), 31-34. (doi:10.3723/ut.28.031).
Sharkh, Suleiman M.A. and Mohammad, Mohammad T. (2007) Axial field permanent magnet DC motor with powder iron armature. IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, 22, (3), 608-613. (doi:10.1109/TEC.2007.895870).
Markvart, T., Abu-Sharkh, S., Arnold, R.J., Kohler, J., Li, R., Ross, J.N., Wilson, P., Steemers, K. and Yao, R. (2006) Can microgrids make a major contribution to UK energy supply. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 10, (2), 78-127. (doi:10.1016/j.rser.2004.09.013).
Abu-Sharkh, Suleiman and Doerffel, Dennis (2004) Rapid test and non-linear model characterisation of solid-state lithium-ion batteries. Journal of Power Sources, 130, (1-2), 266-274. (doi:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2003.12.001).
Abu Sharkh, S.M., Lai, S.H. and Turnock, S.R. (2004) Structurally integrated brushless PM motor for miniature propeller thrusters. IEE Proceedings - Electric Power Applications, 151, (5), 513-519. (doi:10.1049/ip-epa:20040736).
Abu Sharkh, S.M. and Abu-Sara, M.A. (2004) Current control of utility-connected two-level and three-level PWM inverters. European Power Electronics and Drives Journal, 14-4, (3), 13-18.
Abu-Sharkh, S.M. and Griffiths, G. (2003) Energy storage systems for unmanned underwater vehicles. Underwater Technology, 25, (3), 143-148. (doi:10.3723/175605403783379714).
Abu-Sharkh, S., Yuratick, M., Harris, M. and Head, P. (2003) Motorising drills. The IEE Power Engineer Journal, 17, (1), 40-41. (doi:10.1049/pe:20030110).
Abu Sharkh, S.M., Turnock, S.R. and Hughes, A.W. (2003) Design and performance of an electric tip-driven thruster. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, 217, (3), 133-147. (doi:10.1243/147509003322255840).
Hughes, A.W., Turnock, S.R. and Abu Sharkh, S.M. (2003) Use of electromagnetic rim driven propulsor for waterjet propulsion systems. Royal Institution of Naval Architects Transactions A: International Journal of Maritime Engineering, 145, (A4), 41-52.
McBride, J.W. and Sharkh, S.M. (1994) The effect of contact opening velocity and the moment of contact opening on the AC erosion of Ag/CdO contacts. IEEE Tranactions on Components Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, 17, (1) (doi:10.1109/95.296361 ).

Book Section

Liu, J., Furlong, M.E., Palmer, A., Phillips, A.B., Turnock, S.R. and Sharkh, S.M. (2009) Design and Control of a Flight-Style AUV with Hovering Capability. In, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology (UUST 2009), Durham, New Hampshire, 23-26 August 2009. UUST 09 Durham NH, USA, Autonomous Undersea Systems Institute (AUSI), [9p].
Rusllim Mohammad, M., Sharkh, S.M. and Walsh, F.C. (2009) Redox flow batteries for hybrid electric vehicles: progress and challenges. In, Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC'09). The 5th IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC'09) New York, USA, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 551-557.
Abu-Sharkh, S.M. and Abu-Sara, A. (2003) Current control of utility-connected two-level and three-level PWM inverters. In, Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications. 10th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications Brussels, Belgium, European Power Electronics (EPE) Association.
Pashias, C., Turnock, S.R. and Abu-Sharkh, S.M. (2003) Design optimization of a bi-directional integrated thruster. In, Proceedings of Propellors / Shafting Symposium 2003 (SNAME 13). Propellers / Shafting 2003 Symposium (SNAME 13): Technology for the 21st Century USA, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 13pp. (1941).
Abu-Sharkh, Suleiman M. (2002) Populsion systems for AUV's. In, Griffiths, Gwyn (ed.) Technology and Applications of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Abingdon, UK, Taylor & Francis, 109-126. (Ocean and Earth Science Technology, 2).
Sharkh, S.M.a., Morris, D., Turnock, S.R., Myers, L. and Bahaj, A.S. (2002) Performance of an integrated water turbine PM generator. In, International Conference on Power Electronics Machines and Drives. Stevenage, UK, Institution of Engineering and Technology, 486-491. (doi:10.1049/cp:20020165).
Abu-Sharkh, S.M. and Mohammad, M.T. (2002) Finite element analysis of an axial-gap permanent magnet dc motor. In, Proceedings of CEM 2002 - 4th International Conference on Computation in Electromagnetics. 4th International Conference on Computation in Electromagnetics (CEM 2002) Stevenage, UK, Institution of Engineering and Technology. (doi:10.1049/ic:20020192).
Abu-Sharkh, S.M., Turnock, S.R. and Draper, G. (2001) Performance of a tip-driven electric thrusters for unmanned underwater vehicles. In, The Proceedings of The Eleventh (2001) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference. The Eleventh (2001) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference Mountain View, USA, International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE), 321-324.
McBride, J.W. and Sharkh, S.M. (1992) Electrical contact phenomena during impact. In, IEEE Transaction on Components Hybrids and Manufacturing Technology. 37th IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts , IEEE, 132-140. (doi:10.1109/HOLM.1991.170814 ).

Conference or Workshop Item

Kokaew, V., Sharkh, S.M. and Moshrefi-Torbati, M. (2014) A hybrid method for maximum power tracking of a small scale CAES system. In, 9th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks & Digital Sign (CSNDSP) , Manchester, GB, 23 - 25 Jul 2014. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers6pp, 67-72. (In Press).
Kokaew, V., Moshrefi-Torbati, M. and Sharkh, S.M. (2013) Maximum efficiency or power tracking of stand-alone small scale compressed air energy storage system. In, Mediterranean Green Energy Forum MGEF-13, Fes, Morocco, 16 - 20 Jun 2013.
Abu-Sharkh, S.M., Hendijanizadeh, M., Moshrefi-Torbati, M. and Russell, M. (2011) An inertial coupled marine power generator for small boats. At ICCEP 2011: International Conference on Clean Electrical Power, Ischia, Italy, 14 - 16 Jun 2011. 4pp.
Kokaew, Voropath, Moshrefi-Torbati, M. and Abu-Sharkh, S.M. (2011) Simulation of a solar powered air compressor. At 10th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering , Rome, IT, 08 - 11 May 2011. 5pp.
Kokaew, V., Moshrefi-Torbati, M. and Sharkh, S.M. (2011) Simulation of a solar powered air compressor. In, 10th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering, Rome, IT, 08 - 11 May 2011. IEEE5pp, 1-4. (doi:10.1109/EEEIC.2011.5874681).
Hussain, Babar, Sharkh, S.M. and Hussain, S. (2010) Impact studies of distributed generation on power quality and protection setup of an existing distribution network. In, 20th International Symposium on Power Electronics, Electrical Drives, Automation and Motion (SPEEDAM 2010), Pisa, IT,
Orfanoudakis, G., Sharkh, S., Abu-Sara, M. and Yuratich, M. (2010) Loss comparison of 2 and 3-level inverter topologies. In, 5th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD), Brighton, UK, 19 - 21 Apr 2010. 6pp.
Jamil, M., Sharkh, S.M., Hussain, B., Abu-Sara, M. and Boltryk, R.J. (2010) Robust repetitive feedback control of a three-phase grid connected inverter. In, 5th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD), Brighton, UK, 19 - 21 Apr 2010. 6pp.
Sharkh, S.M (2010) Energy conversion and management: challenges and solutions for selected applications. In, International Symposium on Electric Vehicles (ISEV), Beijing, China, Sep 2009.
Orfanoudakis, G. I., Sharkh, S. M. and Yuratich, M. A. (2010) Analysis of DC-Link capacitor losses in three-level neutral point clamped and cascaded H-Bridge voltage source inverters. In, ISIE 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, Bari, Italy, 04 - 07 Jul 2010. 6pp. (In Press).
Abu-sara, M. A. and Sharkh, S. M. (2010) Design of a robust digital current controller for a grid connected interleaved inverter. In, ISIE 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, Bari, Italy, 04 - 07 Jul 2010. 6pp. (In Press).
Zhang, C.P., Zhang, C.N. and Sharkh, S.M. (2010) Peak power estimation of traction battery pack used in HEVs. In, Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference(APPEEC 2010), Beijing, China, Mar 2010.
McBride, J. W., Sharkh, S. M., Cross, K. and Kim, S. Y. (2010) Motion studies of high current arcs using an optical fiber array based imaging system. In, 2009International Session on Electro-Mechanical Devices (IS-EMD2009), Tokyo, Japan, 19 - 20 Nov 2009.
Zhang, C.P., Liu, J.Z., Sharkh, S.M. and Zhang, C.N. (2010) Identification of dynamic model parameters for lithium-ion batteries used in hybrid electric vehicles. In, International Symposium on Electric Vehicles (ISEV), Beijing, China, Sep 2009. 11pp.
Hussain, B., Sharkh, S.M. and Abu-Sara, M.A. (2010) Integration of distributed generation into the grid: protection challenges and solutions. At 10th Institution of Engineering and Technology DPSP2010: Managing the Change, Manchester, UK, 29 Mar - 01 Apr 2010. 5pp. (Submitted).
McBride, J.W., Sharkh, S.M., Cross, K.J. and Kim, S.Y. (2009) Motion studies of cathode roots in high current arcs using an optical fibre array based imaging system. In, Technical Committee on Electromechanical Devices (EMD), Tokyo, JP, 19 - 20 Nov 2009. 4pp, 1-4.
Jamil, M., Hussain, B., Sharkh, S.M., Abu-Sara, M. and Boltryk, R.J. (2009) Microgrid power electronic converters: state of the art and future challenges. In, 44th International Universities' Power Engineering Conference (UPEC2009), Glasgow, Scotland, 01 - 04 Sep 2009. 5pp.
Sharkh, S.M. and Lai, S.H. (2009) Design optimization of a slotless PM brushless motor with spiral wound laminations for rim driven thrusters. In, International Symposium on Electric Vehicles (ISEV), Beijing, China, Sep 2009.
McBride, J.W., Sharkh, S.M., Cross, K. and Kim, S.Y. (2009) Motion studies of high current arcs using an optical fibre array imaging system. In, XVIIIth Symposium on Physics of Switching Arc, Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic, 07 - 11 Sep 2009. 6pp.
Jamil, M., Sharkh, S.M., Nasir Javid, M. and Nagendra, V.V. (2009) Active control of vibrations of a tall structure excited by external forces. In, 6th International Bhurban Conference on Applied Sciences and Technology (IBCAST), Islamabad, Pakistan, 05 - 08 Jan 2009.
Mohammad, M.T.N., Booth, C.N., Hodgson, P., Howlett, L., Smith, P.J. and Sharkh, S.M. (2008) Design considerations and performance of a PM linear actuator in a radiation environment. In, The 4th International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives PEMD, York, UK, 02 - 04 Apr 2008. York, UK, Institution of Electrical Engineers5pp, 757-761.
Akhtman, Jos, Furlong, Maaten, Jantapremjit, Pakpong, Palmer, Alistair, Phillips, A.B., Sharkh, Suleiman, Turnock, Stephen and Veres, Sandor (2007) SotonAUV: University of Southampton entry into the 2007 student autonomous underwater challenge - Europe. In, The 9th Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Showcase (UUVS 2007), Southampton, UK, 26 - 27 Sep 2007. Southampton, UK, 10pp.
Lai, Shu and Abu-Sharkh, Suleiman (2006) Structurally Integrated Slotless PM Brushless Motor with Spiral Wound Laminations for Marine Thrusters. In, The 3rd IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD), Dublin, Ireland, 04 - 06 Apr 2006. London, UK, IET5pp, 106-110.
Doerffel, D. and Abu-Sharkh, S.M. (2005) Efficient testing and evaluation methods for faster market introduction of large lithium-ion batteries. In, First International Symposium on Large Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Application
Abu Sharkh, S.M. and Lai, S.H. (2004) Finite element analysis of a miniature electric thruster. In, The Eleventh Biennial Conference On Electromagnetic Field Computation, Seoul, Korea, 06 - 09 Jun 2004. , 235.
Abu Sharkh, S.M., Mohammad, M.T.N. and Lai, S.H. (2004) Axial gap permanent magnet dc motor with iron powder armature. In, UK Magnetics Society Seminar on Soft Magnetic Composites and their use in Electrical Machines, Wantage, Oxon, UK Magnetics Society.
Abu-Sharkh, S.M. (2003) Permanent magnet machines for underwater thrusters. In, 5th Joint UK Magnetics Workshop, Glasgow, UK, 02 - 04 Jul 2003.
Doerffel, Dennis and Abu-Sharkh, Suleiman (2002) Performance evaluation of a low cost series hybrid electric vehicle. In, Electric Vehicle Symposium EVS-19, Busan, South Korea, 2002.
Abu-Sharkh, S.M. and Dörffel, D. (2002) Peace of mind energy management for an electric vehicle with minimized usage of the auxiliary power unit. In, 19th International Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition, Busan, Korea, 19 - 23 Oct 2002. 9pp.
Abu-Sharkh, S.M., Abu-Sara, M. and Hussien, Z.F. (2001) Current control of utility-connected DC-AC three-phase voltage-source inverters using repetitive feedback. In, Proceedings of 9th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE 01), Graz, Austria, 27 - 29 Aug 2001. 6pp.

Thesis

Abu Sharkh, Suleiman Mahmoud (1994) Influence of contact dynamics and point-on-wave switching on arc and contact phenomena in medium duty switches. University of Southampton, School of Engineering Sciences, Doctoral Thesis .
 

Research

Research Interests

  • high performance electrical machines and power electronics
  • electric marine thrusters
  • control systems, modelling
  • electric vehicles and energy storage/battery technology

Currently supervising PhD students:
Aleksander Dubas      
Mehdi Hendijanizadeh

Primary research group:  Electro-Mechanical Engineering

Affiliate research group:  Energy Technology

Research projects

Analysis of PM Machines

Power Management of a Stand-Alone, Small-Scale Compressed Air Energy Storage System

Battery Characterisation and Management - the key to Smart Grids and the Integration of Electric Vehicles

This project is supported by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and has five UK academic partners and three Chinese partners. It will study lithium battery cell development and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) operation to investigate grid scale energy storage, from a battery perspective ‘upwards’ and not from a network level 'downwards'.

Examining long-term degradation of LiFePO4 batteries for Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Energy Storage

This project will use the neutron instruments at ISIS at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to investigate the degradation of batteries as a result of operation under Vehicle to Grid (V2G) condition.

Teaching Responsibilities

Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Advanced Electrical Systems SESM6002 Mechanical Engineering Course leader
Automotive Propulsion SESM6018 Mechanical Engineering Tutor
Introduction to Energy Technologies SESM6021 Mechanical Engineering Tutor

Contact

Professor Suleiman M Sharkh
Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 13/4097

Telephone: (023) 8059 3397
Email: S.M.Abu-Sharkh@soton.ac.uk