Dr Pawel Niewczas

Reader

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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/

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    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/

     

Prizes and awards

"Highly Commended" title awarded to Synaptec Ltd and University of Strathclyde at the IET Innovation Awards 2014
Recipient
19/11/2014
Winner in the "Best University Technology" category at the Fourth Annual UK Energy Innovation Awards 2014
Recipient
24/4/2014

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Publications

132 kV optical voltage sensor for wide area monitoring, protection and control applications
Fusiek Grzegorz, Niewczas Pawel, Gordon Neil, Orr Philip, Clarkson Paul
IEEE International Instrumentation & Measurement Technology Conference (2020)
Wind turbine lifetime extension decision-making based on structural health monitoring
Rubert T, Zorzi G, Fusiek G, Niewczas P, McMillan D, McAlorum J, Perry M
Renewable Energy Vol 143, pp. 611-621 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2019.05.034
Concrete fatigue experiment for sensor prototyping and validation of industrial SHM trials
McAlorum Jack, Fusiek Grzegorz, Rubert Tim, Niewczas Paweł
2019 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) I2MTC 2019 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1109/I2MTC.2019.8827036
Modulated low fault-energy protection scheme for DC smart grids
Li Chunpeng, Rakhra Puran, Norman Patrick, Niewczas Pawel, Burt Graeme, Clarkson Paul
IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1109/TSG.2019.2917540
Distributed current sensing technology for protection and fault location applications in high-voltage direct current networks
Tzelepis Dimitrios, Dysko Adam, Booth Campbell, Fusiek Grzegorz, Niewczas Pawel, Peng Tzu Chief
Journal of Engineering, pp. 1-7 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1049/joe.2018.0219
Deterioration of cracks in onshore wind turbine foundations
McAlorum Jack, Perry Marcus, Fusiek Grzegorz, Niewczas Pawel, Mckeeman Iain James, Rubert Tim
Engineering Structures Vol 167, pp. 121-131 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.04.003

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Teaching

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

 

 

 

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.

Professional activities

Invited to deliver Tutorial on Fiber-Optic Sensors and their Applications in Power and Energy Industries
Speaker
25/5/2020
Technical Co-Chair of the IEEE I2MTC 2022 Conference
Organiser
1/5/2020
Technical Co-Chair of the IEEE I2MTC 2021 Conference
Organiser
1/5/2020
MPhil Examination
External Examiner
20/11/2019
Member of 2018 IEEE I2MTC Technical Programme Committee (Event)
Advisor
5/10/2019
Session Chair (Signal Processing) during the 2019 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC 2019)
Participant
23/5/2019

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Projects

Yes to Energy Through Innovative Sensing (YETIS)
Niewczas, Pawel (Principal Investigator) Booth, Campbell (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2021
Metrology for the next-generation digital substation instrumentation EURAMET
Blair, Steven (Principal Investigator) Fusiek, Grzegorz (Co-investigator) Niewczas, Pawel (Co-investigator) Roscoe, Andrew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2021
Accelerating impact of the distributed photonic sensors technology on the electricity supply industry
Niewczas, Pawel (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018
Sensor development for EDF Energy
Niewczas, Pawel (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2017
Accelerating impact of the distributed photonic sensors technology on the electricity supply industry
Niewczas, Pawel (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2021
Wide-Area Instrumentation of Power Networks using Existing Infrastructure
Niewczas, Pawel (Principal Investigator) Booth, Campbell (Co-investigator) Fusiek, Grzegorz (Researcher)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019

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Address

Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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