Engineering and Information Sciences


Philip Commins

Current Positions:

Research Fellow


Philip Commins received the BE Mechatronics (Hons 1st) in 2006 and the PhD degree in high precision tubular linear motors in 2013 from the University of Wollongong (UOW), Wollongong, Australia.
In 2008, Phil spent 6 months at the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units located in Stuttgart, Germany, on a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD ) (German Academic Exchange Service) exchange scholarship, where he worked closely with research engineers on linear motor technology.
In 2011, Phil joined the Fault Current Limiter Research Group at UOW, where he worked closely with industry to develop the superconducting saturated core Fault Current Limiter (FCL). His main interest included the electromagnetic and force analysis of the superconducting coils and the interaction and FEA/analytical modelling the nonlinear FCL properties, with a strong emphasis on matching simulation with experimental measurement. Another focus was on optimisation routines to custom design the FCL for many real world industrial applications. He was also involved in testing and commissioning of two commercial full scale (11kV and 33kV) superconducting FCLs for installment in the UK Grid.
In 2014, Phil joined the electric vehicle research group at UOW as part of an ARC Discovery Project. This project focuses on drive-by-wire research and involves individual 4WD actuation with torque vector control and regen braking, steer-by-wire with independent left/right steering and brake-by-wire with novel electric actuators. These systems are designed to operate seamlessly together. Simulation and modelling as well as experimental validation with a real vehicle are key elements to his work.

Research Interests:

Electric Vehicles
Precision Motion Control
Linear and Nonlinear Electromagnetism
Electric Motor and Drive Design
Fault Current Limiters
Superconducting Coils and Systems
Simulation and Modelling of Dynamic and Multi-physics Systems


Deans Merit Award 2006
Recipient of German Academic Exchange Scheme (DAAD) 2008

Future Research Topics:

Electric Vehicles:
Torque Vector Control
Active Suspension
Energy Efficiency
Energy Harvesting
Novel Brake Actuation

Research Students