Professor Kais Atallah

PhD, Ingenieur D'Etat

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Professor in Electrical Engineering

Member of CREESA

Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group

Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering

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k.atallah@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5812

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Professor Kais Atallah
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Profile

I joined the University of Sheffield as a PhD student in October 1989, and after a stint as a post-doctoral researcher at the department, I became a member of academic staff in January 2000.

My research interests have been concerned with the modelling and design of conventional and novel electromechanical energy conversion devices and magnetic torque/force transmission systems, for many applications, including electric and hybrid vehicles, aerospace actuation systems and renewable energy systems.

More specifically, my research into renewable energy generation, includes novel drivetrains for flywheel systems and wind turbines and the design and analysis of direct-drive and magnetically geared generators.

For electric/ hybrid vehicles, my research includes novel rare-earth free traction machines, and modelling and analysis of the interactions between the electrical and mechanical components in electric/ hybrid vehicles drivetrains.

For the aerospace sector, my research is concerned with fault tolerant machine and drive systems and the application of novel magnetic transmission devices in order to minimise the risk of jamming in flight control surface electromechanical actuation systems.

Qualifications
  • Ingenieur D'Etat
  • PhD
Research interests
  • Magnetic transmission systems
  • Magnetic gears and pseudo direct drive electrical machines
  • Novel permanent magnet machines
  • Interactions between electrical and mechanical components in electromechanical drive-trains
  • Electrical generators and drive-trains for wind turbines
  • Integrated drive-trains for electric and hybrid vehicles
  • Novel actuation topologies for the more electric aircraft
  • Flywheel energy storage systems
Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Hoang K, Atallah K, Birchall J & Calverley S (2019) Comparative evaluation of simplified and complex IPM machine models on control development for traction applications. Proceedings of IECON 2019 - 45th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (pp 945-950). Lisbon, Portugal, 14 October 2019 - 17 August 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hoang K, Atallah K, Lazari P, Birchall J & Calverley S (2019) Thermal analysis and control development of interior PM traction machines. Proceeding of IECON 2019 - 45th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (pp 1399-1404), 14 October 2019 - 17 August 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hoang K, Atallah K, Odavic M, Birchall J & Calverley S (2019) Performance of a hybrid powertrain employing a magnetic power split device. 2019 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE). Baltimore, MD, USA, 29 September 2019 - 3 October 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hoang KD & Atallah K (2019) Rapid sizing concept of interior permanent magnet machine for traction applications. The Journal of Engineering, Vol. 2019(17) (pp 3956-3961) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hoang K, Atallah K, Odavic M, Birchall J & Calverley S (2019) Control Development for Hybrid Vehicle Powertrain with Magnetic Continuously Variable Transmission. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway, Ship Propulsion and Road Vehicles & International Transportation Electrification Conference (ESARS-ITEC), 7 November 2018 - 9 November 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Alsharif R, Odavic M & Atallah K (2017) Active suppression of photovoltaic system related harmonics in a DC microgrid. 2017 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) (pp 1594-1601). Cincinnati, OH, USA, 1 October 2017 - 5 October 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Allu A, Odavic M & Atallah K (2017) Design considerations of a full bridge modular multilevel converter under variable DC link voltage. 2017 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) (pp 504-510). Cincinnati, OH, USA, 1 October 2017 - 5 October 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dragan RS, Clark RE, Hussain EK, Atallah K & Odavic M (2017) Magnetically geared pseudo direct drive for safety critical applications. 2017 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference (IEMDC), 21 May 2017 - 24 May 2017. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chmelicek P, Calverley S, Dragan RS & Atallah K (2017) Dual rotor magnetically geared power split device for hybrid electric vehicles. 2017 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference (IEMDC), 21 May 2017 - 24 May 2017. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Al-Rubaye A, Atallah K & Ghadbeigi H (2016) Experimental strain measurement in a blanking operation. 11th BSSM International Conference on Advanced in Experimental Mechanics, Exeter, UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hussain EK, Clark RE, Atallah K, Odavic M & Dragan RS (2016) Pseudo Direct Drive Electrical Machines for Flight Control Surface Actuation. 8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2016) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wang B, Michon M, Holehouse R & Atallah K (2015) Dynamic behaviour of a multi-MW wind turbine. 2015 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 20 September 2015 - 24 September 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bouheraoua M, Wang J & Atallah K (2015) Rotor position estimation of a Pseudo Direct Drive PM machine using extended Kalman filter. 2015 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 20 September 2015 - 24 September 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lazari P, Wang J & Atallah K (2015) Effects of laser cut on the performance of permanent magnet assisted synchronous reluctance machines. 2015 IEEE Magnetics Conference (INTERMAG), 11 May 2015 - 15 May 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Penzkofer A & Atallah K (2015) Optimisation of magnetic gears for large wind turbines. 2015 IEEE 15th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering (EEEIC), 10 June 2015 - 13 June 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dang Hoang K & Atallah K (2014) A rapid concept development technique for electric vehicle powertrains. 2014 International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo (ICCVE), 3 November 2014 - 7 November 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Michon M, Atallah K & Johnstone G (2014) Effects of unbalanced magnetic pull in large permanent magnet machines. 2014 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 14 September 2014 - 18 September 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Johnstone G, Xu L, Michon M, Holehouse R, Wang B & Atallah K (2014) Advanced design techniques to avoid failures in electro-mechanical drivetrains. European Wind Energy Association Conference and Exhibition 2014, EWEA 2014 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hussain EK, Benchebra D, Goodwin A, Burke M, Ooi HS & Atallah K (2014) A flywheel energy storage system for an isolated micro-grid. 3rd Renewable Power Generation Conference (RPG 2014) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Michon M, Holehouse RC, Atallah K & Wang J (2014) Unbalanced magnetic pull in permanent magnet machines. 7th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives, PEMD 2014 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Michon M, Holehouse RC, Atallah K & Jiabin Wang (2014) Unbalanced Magnetic Pull in Permanent Magnet Machines. 7th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2014) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bouheraoua M, Wang J & Atallah K (2013) Slip recovery and prevention in Pseudo Direct Drive permanent magnet machines. 2013 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, 15 September 2013 - 19 September 2013. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bouheraoua M, Wang J & Atallah K (2013) Speed control for a Pseudo Direct Drive permanent magnet machine with one position sensor on low-speed rotor. Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, IEMDC 2013 (pp 986-992) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wang J, Atallah K & Barnes J (2012) Analysis and design of a high force density linear electromagnetic actuator. PCIM Europe Conference Proceedings (pp 177-185) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Green P, Worden K, Atallah K & Sims ND (2012) The modelling of friction in a randomly excited energy harvester. Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Modal Analysis Noise and Vibration Engineering. Orlando, FL RIS download Bibtex download
  • Holehouse RC, Atallah K & Wang J (2012) A linear magnetic gear. Proceedings - 2012 20th International Conference on Electrical Machines, ICEM 2012 (pp 563-569) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bouheraoua M, Jiabin Wang & Atallah K (2012) Observer based state feedback controller design for pseudo direct drive. 6th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2012) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Michon M, Calverley SD & Atallah K (2012) Operating Strategies of Switched Reluctance Machines for Exhaust Gas Energy Recovery Systems. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS, Vol. 48(5) (pp 1478-1486) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Green PL, Worden K, Atallah K & Sims ND (2012) The Benefits of Duffing-type Nonlinearities and Electrical Optimisation of a Randomly Excited Energy Harvester (pp 657-667) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Wang J, Calverley SD & Duggan S (2011) Design and operation of a magnetic Continuously Variable Transmission. 2011 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, IEMDC 2011 (pp 312-317) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Green PL, Worden K, Atallah K & Sims ND (2010) Performance of linear and nonlinear resonant frequency energy harvesters under uncertain loading conditions.. Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Modal Analysis Noise and Vibration Engineering. Leuven, Belgium RIS download Bibtex download
  • Montague RG, Bingham CM & Atallah K (2010) Magnetic gear overload detection and remedial strategies for servo-drive systems. SPEEDAM 2010 - International Symposium on Power Electronics, Electrical Drives, Automation and Motion (pp 523-528) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Montague RG, Bingham CM & Atallah K (2010) Characterisation and modelling of magnetic couplings and gears for servo control systems. IET Conference Publications, Vol. 2010(563 CP) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rens J, Clark R, Calverley S, Atallah K & Howe D (2009) Design, Analysis and Realization of a Novel Magnetic Harmonic Gear. ICEM: 2008 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELECTRICAL MACHINES, VOLS 1- 4 (pp 1875-1878) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wang JB, Wang WY, Atallah K & Howe D (2009) Design of a Linear Permanent Magnet Motor for Active Vehicle Suspension. 2009 IEEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRIC MACHINES & DRIVES CONFERENCE, VOLS 1-3 (pp 585-591) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Calverley S, Clark R, Rens J & Howe D (2009) A New PM Machine Topology for Low-Speed, High-Torque Drives. ICEM: 2008 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELECTRICAL MACHINES, VOLS 1- 4 (pp 491-494) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chai J, Wang J, Atallah K & Howe D (2007) Performance Comparison and Winding Fault Detection of Duplex 2-Phase and 3-Phase Fault-Tolerant Permanent Magnet Brushless Machines. 2007 IEEE Industry Applications Annual Meeting, 23 September 2007 - 27 September 2007. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Powell DJ, Atallah K & Jewell G (2007) Thermal Modeling of flooded rotor electrical machines for electro-hydrostatic actuators. IEEE IEMDC 2007: Proceedings of the International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, Vols 1 and 2 (pp 1632-1637) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ede JD, Atallah K, Wang JB & Howe D (2002) Effect of optimal torque control on rotor loss of fault tolerant permanent magnet brushless machines. INTERMAG Europe 2002 - IEEE International Magnetics Conference RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Calverley SD & Howe D (2002) High torque density permanent magnet gears. RARE EARTH MAGNETS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS (pp 141-148) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Ede JD, Wang JB & Howe D (2002) Fault tolerant brushless machines for safety critical applications. RARE EARTH MAGNETS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS (pp 268-275) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ede JD, Atallah K, Wang JB & Howe D (2002) Modular fault-tolerant permanent magnet brushless machines. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POWER ELECTRONICS, MACHINES AND DRIVES(487) (pp 415-420) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Howe D, Atallah K, Clark RE, Jewell GW, Mitchell JK, Wang J & Zhu ZQ (2002) Analysis of rare-earth magnet devices. RARE EARTH MAGNETS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS (pp 86-99) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K (1999) Permanent magnet brushless drives for aircraft flight control surface actuation. IEE Colloquium. Electrical Machines and Systems for the More Electric Aircraft RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhu ZQ, Xia ZP, Atallah K, Jewell GW & Howe D (1999) Integrated design of magnet powder aligning system and brushless motor using anisotropic Halbach cylinders. NINTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELECTRICAL MACHINES AND DRIVES(468) (pp 123-127) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Caparrelli F, Bingham CM, Mellor PH, Howe D, Cossar C, Kelly L, Kjaer P, Gribble J, Miller TJE , Capewell R et al (1999) Comparison of electrical drive technologies for aircraft flight control surface actuation. NINTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELECTRICAL MACHINES AND DRIVES(468) (pp 159-163) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Howe D, Mason P, Mellor PH, Wu ZY & Atallah K (1999) Flywheel peak power buffer for electric hybrid vehicles. IEMDC'99 - IEEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRIC MACHINES AND DRIVES CONFERENCE, PROCEEDINGS (pp 508-510) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Howe D & Mellor PH (1997) Design and analysis of multi-pole Halbach (self-shielding) cylinder brushless permanent magnet machines. EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELECTRICAL MACHINES AND DRIVES(444) (pp 376-380) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Zhu ZQ, Howe D & Birch TS (1996) Fields and inductances of slotless permanent magnet machines. RARE-EARTH MAGNETS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS, VOLS 1 AND 2 - PROCEEDINGS OF THE 14TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP (pp A311-A320) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ali K, Atallah K & Howe D (1996) Effect of mechanical stress on iron losses in brushless permanent magnet dc machines. RARE-EARTH MAGNETS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS, VOLS 1 AND 2 - PROCEEDINGS OF THE 14TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP (pp A632-A641) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mueller MA, Williamson S, Flack TJ, Atallah K, Baholo B, Howe D & Mellor PH (1995) Calculation of iron losses from time-stepped finite-element models of cage induction machines. IEE Conference Publication(412) (pp 88-92) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Veggia Bombardi F, Atallah K, Shahaj A, Michon M, Holehouse R, James B & Ilea D () Effects of Unbalanced Magnetic Pull on NVH Performance of an Electric Drivetrain. SAE Technical Paper Series RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ede JD, Atallah K & Jewell GW () Effects of Load Conditions on Rotor Eddy Current Loss in Modular Permanent Magnet Machines. IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference. Niagara Falls, Canada, May 2011. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Wang J, Mezani S & Howe D () A novel high-performance linear magnetic gear. The Fifth International Symposium on Linear Drives for Industry Applications. Hyogo, Japan, 25 September 2006. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wang J, Atallah K & Howe D () Optimal torque control of fault-tolerant permanent magnet brushless machines. Digest of INTERMAG 2003. International Magnetics Conference (Cat. No.03CH37401) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Churn PM, Schofield N, Powell DJ, Atallah K & Howe D () Electrohydrostatic and electromechanical linear actuators for safety critical aircraft flight control surfaces. 20th Linear Drives for Industrial Applications Conference. Nagano, Japan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Li J, Mellor PH, Brown AJ, Atallah K & Howe D () Modelling and evaluation of advanced traction systems and new technology vehicles with SABER. 16th International Electric Vehicle Symposium. Beijing, China RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mason PE, Atallah K & Howe D () Hard and Soft magnetic composites in high speed flywheels. 12th International Conference on Composite Materials. Paris, 5 July 1999. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Mellor PH, Howe D & Stone DA () Influence of gear change on the energy efficiency of a gasoline ICE and integrated permanent magnet motor/generator parallel hybrid power-train. 32nd International Symposium on Automotive Technology and Automation. Vienna, 14 June 1999. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mason P, Atallah K, Wu Y, Mellor PH & Howe D () A flywheel peak power buffer for electric vehicles. 15th Electric Vehicle Symposium. Brussels, 30 October 1998. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K & Howe D () The Application of Halbach Cylinders to Brushless AC Servo Motors. 7th Joint MMM-Intermag Conference. Abstracts (Cat. No.98CH36275) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bingham CM, Atallah K, Howe D, Mellor PH & Buckley JM () Reconfigurable control of brushless ac composite roller systems. 31st International Intelligent Motion Conference. Nurnberg, Germany, 10 June 1997. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Buckley JM, Atallah K, Bingham CM, Howe D & Mellor PH () Use of composites in self powered roller technology. 7th European Conference on Composite Materials. London, 14 May 1996. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Zhu ZQ, Mitchell JK & Howe D () Curvature and flux focusing effects in cylindrical permanent magnet machines. the International Workshop on Electric and Magnetic Fields. Liege, Belgium, 28 October 1992. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Zhu ZQ & Howe D () The prediction of iron losses in brushless dc machines. International Conference on Electrical Machines. Manchester, UK, 15 September 1992. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Zhu ZQ & Howe D () Flux waveforms and iron losses in brushless dc motors. 12th International Workshop on Rare-earth Magnets and their Applications. Camberra, Australia, 16 July 1992. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Zhu ZQ & Howe D () AN improved method for predicting iron losses in brushless permanent magnet DC drives. 1992. Digests of Intermag. International Magnetics Conference RIS download Bibtex download
  • Green PL, Worden K, Atallah K & Sims ND () Performance of linear and nonlinear resonant frequency energy harvesters under uncertain loading conditions. PROCEEDINGS OF ISMA2010 - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NOISE AND VIBRATION ENGINEERING INCLUDING USD2010 (pp 4775-4789). Leuven, BELGIUM, 20 September 2010 - 22 September 2010. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bouheraoua M, wang, J & Atallah, k () A Complex Frequency Domain Analysis of a Closed Loop Controlled Pseudo Direct Drive. The International Conference on Electrical Machines (ICEM 2012) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhu ZQ, Xia ZF, Atallah K, Jewell GW & Howe D () Novel permanent magnet machines using Halbach cylinders. 3rd International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference. Beijing, China, 15 August 2000 - 18 August 2000. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Green PL, Worden K, Atallah K & Sims ND () Performance of linear and nonlinear resonant frequency energy harvesters under uncertain loading conditions. International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering, September 2010. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Michon M, Atallah K & Wang J () Effects of Rotor Eccentricity on the Unbalanced Magnetic Pull of Permanent Magnet Machines. IEEE International Magnetics Conference. April 2011 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Michon M, Calverley SD & Atallah K () Operating Strategies for Switched Reluctance Generators in Exhaust Gas Energy Recovery Systems. IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference. Niagara Falls, Canada, May 2011. RIS download Bibtex download

Patents

  • Atallah K () Magnetic gear. 0611965.5 (United Kingdom). Appl. 01 Jan 1970. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K () Magnetic gear. 7,973,441 (United States). Appl. 01 Jan 1970. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K () A method of magnetising a cylindrical body. US 6,154,352 Appl. 01 Jan 1970. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K & Rens J () Electrical machine. 0607994.1 (United Kingdom). Appl. 01 Jan 1970. RIS download Bibtex download

Other

  • Atallah K, Caparrelli F, Bingham CM, Schofield N, Howe D, Mellor PH, Maxwell C, Moorhouse D & Whitley C (1999) Permanent magnet brushless drives for aircraft flight control surface actuation. IEE Colloquium (Digest)(180), 49-53. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Raimondi GM, McFarlane RD, Bingham CM, Atallah K, Howe D, Mellor PH, Capewell R & Whitley C (1998) Large electromechanical actuation systems for flight control surfaces. IEE Colloquium (Digest)(260). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mellor PH, Brown AJ, Li J & Atallah K (1998) Modelling of power electronic converters used in electric vehicles. IEE Colloquium (Digest)(486). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mason P, Howe D & Atallah K (1998) Soft Magnetic Composites in Active Magnetic Bearings. IEE Colloquium (Digest)(259). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Buckley JM, Atallah K, Bingham CM & Howe D (1998) Magnetically loaded composite for roller drives. IEE Colloquium (Digest)(259). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Raimondi GM, McFarlane RD, Bingham CM, Atallah K, Howe D, Mellor PH, Capewell R & Whitley C (1998) Large electromechanical actuation systems for flight control surfaces. IEE Colloquium (Digest)(260). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Powell DJ & Calverley SD () Novel electromagnetic machines for the more-electric aircraft”, UK Magnetics Society one-day seminar on enabling technologies for the more-electric aircraft. Magnetics Society one-day seminar on enabling technologies for the more-electric aircraft. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Li J, Atallah K, Mellor PH & Howe D () Assessment of flywheel and supercapacitor peak power buffer technologies in an electric vehicle drive-train. Electric Vehicles Symposium. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Atallah K, Jewell GW, Howe D, Mellor PH & Stone DA () Loss phenomena in electrical machines and drive systems. The Nordic Research Symposium on Energy Efficient Electric Motors and Drives. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calverley SD & Atallah K () Design and analysis of novel high performance magnetic gears. UK Magnetics Society one-day seminar on permanent magnets materials and applications. RIS download Bibtex download
Research students
Student Degree Status Primary/Secondary
Alshammari S PhD Graduated Primary
Elsaeid B A PhD Graduated

Primary

Shanshal A K A PhD Graduated Primary
Elmajdub A  PhD Graduated

Secondary

Khatab M F H  PhD Graduated  Secondary
Shlimet S B PhD Graduated  Secondary