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Hanz Richter, Ph.D., NSF Taking Control of Electric Propulsion

With New NSF Award, Hanz Richter, Ph.D. Seeks to Revolutionize Control of Hybrid Powered Vehicles, Microgrids and Turboelectric Propulsion

Hanz Richter, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MCE), has received funding from the Dynamics and Control Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore fundamental engineering principles and develop methodologies for the design, control, and optimization of power networks across physical domains.

The research is based on a new, generalized understanding of principles from thermodynamics; in particular, its second law, entropy and exergy. The research has applications in electrified aircraft propulsion, microgrids and electromechanical energy conversion.

With the NSF's three-year, $400,000 award, Dr. Richter will support Ph.D. students and mentor undergraduates in research. The group will extend the applicability of classical tools, such as entropy generation minimization to extended physical domains, with a focus on mechanical-electrical power conversion.

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