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Dr. Berker Bilgin

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Expertise:
Electric Machines and Energy Conversion Systems; Power Electronics and Electric Motor Drives; Acoustic Noise and Vibration Reduction in Electric Motor Drives; Electric and Hybrid Powertrains; Transportation Electrification
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Office:
ITB-A218 and MARC 207
Phone:
+1 905.525.9140 x 27080
Lab:
McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC)

Overview

Electric motor drives play a critical role in the growing market for electrification, as they are the largest consumer of electrical energy. Around 46% of the global electricity demand is from electric motors. There is an increasing demand for high-efficiency, high-performance, and low-cost electric motor drives for various applications in the transportation, industrial, commercial, and residential sectors. This also brings up the necessity for a sustainable supply chain.

My research focuses on developing next-generation electric motor drive technologies. I work on the design and development of novel electric motor technologies, power converter solutions, and control techniques to improve the performance and reduce the cost of electric motor drives. I also work on acoustic noise modeling and reduction in electric motor drives, which is vital in high power density applications, such as traction motor drives. My research will enable the use of high performance and efficient motor drive technologies in a wide variety of applications and will contribute more broadly to sustainability and energy efficiency.

 

Education

Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance, 2018

DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering, 2011

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA

Master of Science, Mechatronics Engineering, 2008

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, 2004

Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Did you know…

Dr. Bilgin lead and managed a large research project sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) on the design and development of the next-generation hybrid-electric powertrains.

Dr. Bilgin is the lead editor and author of a comprehensive textbook titled Switched Reluctance Motor Drives: Fundamentals to Applications.

Dr. Bilgin has 10 patents and pending patent applications on switched reluctance motor technology.

Dr. Bilgin is the co-founder of a McMaster University spin-off company.

Biography

Berker Bilgin (IEEE S’09-M’11-SM’16) received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He also has an MBA degree from DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at McMaster University. Before joining the ECE department, he was the Chief Engineer and Research Program Manager in Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain Program at McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO). Dr. Bilgin’s research interests include electric machines, switched reluctance motor drives, acoustic noise and vibration analysis and reduction, and power electronics and electric motor drives. He is the lead editor and author of the textbook titled Switched Reluctance Motor Drives: Fundamentals to Applications. He is the principal author/co-author of 81 journal and conference papers and three book chapters. He is the principal inventor/co-invertor of 10 patents and pending patent applications. Dr. Bilgin was the General Chair of the 2016 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC). He is also an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification. Dr. Bilgin is the co-founder and VP of engineering of Enedym Inc., which is a spin-off company of McMaster University.

Publications

Selected

B. Bilgin, J. W. Jiang, A. Emadi

Switched Reluctance Motor Drives: Fundamentals to Applications

CRC Press

Switched Reluctance Motor Drives: Fundamentals to Applications is a comprehensive textbook covering the major aspects of switched reluctance motor drives.

B. Bilgin, J. Liang, M. Terzic, J. Dong, R. Rodriguez, E. Trickett, A. Emadi

Modeling and Analysis of Electric Motors: State-of-the-Art Review

IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification

This paper presents a comprehensive state-of-the-art review of the modeling and analysis methods for the multidisciplinary design of electric motors for various applications including vehicular power and propulsion systems and electrified powertrains.

B. Bilgin, P. Magne, P. Malysz, Y. Yang, V. Pantelic, M. Preindl, A. Korobkine, W. Jiang, M. Lawford, A. Emadi

Making the Case for Electrified Transportation

IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification

In this paper, enabling technologies and solutions for the electrified transportation are discussed in terms of power electronics, electric machines, electrified powertrain architectures, energy storage systems, and controls and software.

B. Bilgin, A. Emadi

Electric Motors in Electrified Transportation: A Step Toward Achieving A Sustainable Efficient Transportation System

IEEE Power Electronics Magazine

In this article, the multidisciplinary nature of electric traction motors is investigated and related design issues are presented for interior permanent magnet (PM), induction, and switched reluctance machines (SRMs).

A. D. Callegaro, B. Bilgin, A. Emadi

Radial Force Shaping for Acoustic Noise Reduction in Switched Reluctance Machines

IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

In this paper, a phase radial force shaping method is proposed by using harmonic content analysis. A generic function for the radial force shape is identified, whose parameters are calculated by an optimization algorithm to minimize the torque ripple.

H. Li, B. Bilgin, A. Emadi

An Improved Torque Sharing Function for Torque Ripple Reduction in Switched Reluctance Machines

IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

In this paper, an intuitive justification for the selection of this weight parameter is given, and the performance of this TSF is validated in simulation and experimentally on a 5.2 kW, four phase SRM.

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Achievements

  • Co-recipient, Chrysler Innovation Award for Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) project entitled “Next Generation Affordable Electrified Powertrains with Superior Energy Efficiency and Performance-Leadership in Automotive Powertrain (LEAP),” March 2014
  • Co-recipient, Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE) Mind to Market Award for the project entitled “Advanced LEV Electric Drive Train Development,” December 2016
  • General Chair, 2016 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification
  • Senior Member, IEEE