Dr Catherine Jones

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I am a Chancellor's Fellow (lecturer) within the Institute for Energy and Environment.

My research focusses on the design of resilient, compact electrical power systems design, incorporating the influence of non-electrical power systems (e.g. carbon fibre composite structures).

This includes efficient methodologies for electrical power system architecture design for disruptive technologies, to meet both performance (weight, efficiency) and dynamic functionality requirements.  

Design of integrated electrical power and structural systems, and multifunctional (combined electrical, structural and thermal systems), incorporating:

  • Component scale electrical and thermal modelling  of carbon fibre composites.
  • Electrical fault diagnostics, prognostics and health monitoring.
  • Interdependent electrical power systems architectures (including grounding topologies) and composite structure design and trades.

My research involves a range of modelling & simulation and laboratory based hardware testing methods.  

The main application for my research to date is aerospace, with electrification and lightweight structures two of the key enabling technologies for decarbonisation of aviation.  However, my research is also relevant for other compact networks, e.g. Microgrids, marine electrical networks.


A modelling design framework for integrated electrical power and non-electrical systems design on electrical propulsion aircraft
Jones Catherine E, Millar Kieran, Fong Kenny, Peña Alzola Rafael, Norman Patrick, Burt Graeme
The 2022 IEEE/AIAA Transportation Electrification Conference and Electric Aircraft Technologies (2022)
Sizing of superconducting cables for turbo-electric distributed propulsion aircraft using a particle swarm optimization approach
Nolan S, Jones C E, Norman P J, Burt G M
IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification (2022)
Electrical protection solutions enabling integrated electrical power and composite structure systems for aircraft
Preeti Preeti, Jones Catherine E, Norman Patrick J, Burt Graeme M
The 16th International Conference on Developments in Power System Protection (2022)
A modelling framework for efficient design of electrical power systems for electrical propulsion aircraft
Jones Catherine E, Norman Patrick, Burt Graeme
2021 AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (2021)
A route to sustainable aviation : a roadmap for the realization of aircraft components with electrical and structural multifunctionality
Jones Catherine E, Norman Patrick J, Burt Graeme M, Hill Callum, Allegri Giuliano, Yon Jason, Hamerton Ian, Trask Richard S
IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification Vol 7, pp. 3032-3049 (2021)
First-fault detection in DC distribution with IT grounding based on Sliding Discrete Fourier-Transform
Peña-Alzola Rafael, Sztykiel Michal, Jones Catherine E, Norman Patrick J, Moore Gareth, Pou Josep, Burt Graeme M
IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Vol 36, pp. 3649-3654 (2021)

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Professional activities

Integrating Electrical Power Systems with Composite Materials
AIAA/IEEE Electric aircraft technologies Symposium
Engineering the Future for Girls
IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification (Journal)
Peer reviewer
IET Scotland Committee (External organisation)
Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway , Ship Propulsion and road vehicles & international transportation electrification conference

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Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Higgins, Mark
Jones, Catherine (Principal Investigator) Pena Alzola, Rafael (Co-investigator) Higgins, Mark (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
ARCTRACK: Assessment of arc tracking hazards in high voltage aerospace systems
Norman, Patrick (Principal Investigator) Burt, Graeme (Co-investigator) Jones, Catherine (Co-investigator) Sztykiel, Michal (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2021
Cross-disciplinary advanced Vibration Laboratory (£32K EPSRC Capital Award for ECRs, £11K Faculty of Engineering Strategic Research Funding)
Tubaldi, Enrico (Principal Investigator) Coraddu, Andrea (Principal Investigator) Jones, Catherine (Principal Investigator) Cartmell, Matthew (Principal Investigator)
Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is an emerging technology for damage identification of aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering infrastructure, with significant potential for life-safety and economic benefits. Vibration-based SHM entails measuring the response of structural systems to dynamic excitations through appropriate sensors, and intelligently analysing the measured response to identify damage occurrence or degradation. This project supports the development and build of a vibration laboratory (VibLab) across the Faculty of Engineering, a new inter-disciplinary facility for there is a strong need, but is currently missing at Strathclyde. The laboratory will benefit the short- and long-term career development plans of Early Career Researchers (ECRs), enhancing their capabilities in the field of SHM. It will also strengthen the connections across departments, and contribute to maximise external funding income and attract new industrial and academic partners. The facility is a joint initiative between the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Naval Architecture and Ocean and Marine Engineering.

£32K EPSRC Capital Award for ECRs, £11K Faculty of Engineering Strategic Research Funding, £20k total combined departmental funding.
Experimental Characterisation of Superconducting Cables (EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship Funding)
Jones, Catherine (Principal Investigator) Norman, Patrick (Co-investigator) Galloway, Stuart (Co-investigator) Yuan, Weijia (CoI)
Funded via EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship Funding (£18,215). This project was proposed to experimentally characterize the response of superconducting cables for a TeDP aircraft under fault conditions, enabling the validatation of existing models, underpinning the development of the electrical protection system. Experimental testing of superconducting power systems in this manner is challenging due to the specialist skills and equipment required, and no single research institution currently has this capability. However, there is a unique collaborative opportunity to combine the electrical fault emulation capability and fault management expertise at the University of Strathclyde with the superconducting cable design expertise and test facilities at the University of Bath (lead by Dr Weijia Yuan) to undertake this fundamental research. The initial study proposed aimed to pump-prime and enable positioning for a future, longer term collaborative project between the Universities of Bath and Strathclyde to extend the research to include different types of cables, quench recovery of cables and further failure mode studies.
03-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2017
Knowledge Exchange Development Fund - "Development of a pre-design analysis tool for future aircraft" (£20k)
Jones, Catherine (Principal Investigator) Norman, Patrick (Co-investigator) Telford, Rory (Researcher)
This activity aimed to exploit the high levels of accumulated knowledge regarding sizes and efficiencies of aero-electrical power systems to develop a generic (non-manufacturer or air framer specific) integrated pre-design analysis tool for more electric aircraft, which returns the weight and efficiency of an aero-electrical system. Since publishing five collaborative papers based on a similar tool developed for all-electric aircraft with Rolls-Royce via the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Electrical Power Systems, it has become apparent that there is a very strong pull from industry for a similar tool for a more-electric aircraft.
03-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2016
Building Global Engagements in Research
Littlejohn, David (Principal Investigator) Anaya-Lara, Olimpo (Academic) Ault, Graham (Academic) Bennet, Derek James (Academic) Birch, David (Academic) Booth, Campbell (Academic) Burt, Graeme (Academic) Chen, Yu (Academic) Chen, Haofeng (Academic) Fedorov, Maxim (Academic) Finney, Stephen (Academic) Fletcher, Ashleigh (Academic) Gu, Erdan (Academic) Guilhabert, Benoit Jack Eloi (Academic) Hastie, Jennifer (Academic) Jaroszynski, Dino (Academic) Johnston, Andrea (Academic) Judd, Martin (Academic) Kockar, Ivana (Academic) Lamprou, Dimitrios (Academic) Laurand, Nicolas (Academic) Macdonald, Malcolm (Academic) Massoubre, David (Academic) Mathieson, Keith (Academic) McKnight, Loyd (Academic) Nordon, Alison (Academic) Norman, Patrick (Academic) Oliveira, Monica (Academic) Papoff, Francesco (Academic) Patwardhan, Siddharth (Academic) Portugues, Iliana (Academic) Scanlon, Thomas (Academic) Sefcik, Jan (Academic) Seib, Philipp (Academic) Skabara, Peter (Academic) Stack, Margaret (Academic) Stephen, Bruce (Academic) Tuttle, Tell (Academic) Ulijn, Rein (Academic) Xiao, Qing (Academic) Yan, Xiu (Academic) Zagnoni, Michele (Academic) Dawson, Martin (Co-investigator) Florence, Alastair (Co-investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator) Reese, Jason (Co-investigator) Zhang, Yonghao (Co-investigator) Ivanistsev, Vladislav (Researcher) Jawor-Baczynska, Anna Malgorzata (Researcher) Jones, Catherine (Researcher) McGlone, Thomas (Researcher) McKendry, Jonathan (Researcher)
The EPSRC awarded the University of Strathclyde £499,040 to support activities where the main objective was to increase the level and number of sustainable global engagements between leading researchers at the University of Strathclyde and top researchers in the USA and Asia.

The research themes selected for the programme featured internationally leading groups at Strathclyde that are well supported by the EPSRC. Each theme is headed by a recognised pioneer in their field supported by a number of associated world class researchers. The five thematic areas were: Photonics, Power & Energy, Advanced Engineering; Advanced Manufacturing, and Bionanotechnology.

Strathclyde identified key international partners at various institutions in the USA and Asia with whom we wished to develop more strategic, mutually beneficial, relationships. We adopted a “best with best” approach, identifying internationally leading researchers who aligned well with several of our own EPSRC funded internationally leading experts. Existing interactions with the groups in the USA and Asia were at different stages of development so we aimed to escalate the relationship engagement levels from Tier 3 (Emergent), through Tier 2 (Developing) to Tier 1 (Strategic). The intention was to develop as many of the relationships as possible during the period of the award so that longer-term interactions could be established thereafter.
01-Jan-2012 - 31-Jan-2013

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
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