Engineering and Information Sciences


Philip Commins

Esteem Factors

Key Note Address/Invited Presentation
Nov 2017 - Nov 2017
I was invited to Altair Conference to give a keynote speaker to present the latest research in Australia using electromagnetic Finite Element Analysis using the Flux software.

Media Recognition
Dec 2017
A magazine article written to promote the development of Lab test equipment in collaboration with ANCAmotion. Also translated to Mandarin for distribution in China.

Thesis Assessor
Invited examiner for an international thesis on the topic of Linear Induction Motor

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.
In 2017, Phil joined the robotics and automation group at UOW. His main interest is to link industry to UOW to develop and integrate novel automation solutions to companies, in particular to SMEs.

Research Interests:

Electric Vehicles
Precision Motion Control
Linear and Nonlinear Electromagnetism
Robotics and Automation
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
APA-I scholarship

Future Research Topics:

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

Research Students

  • Brett McAulay : The Investigation and Optimisation of Torque Vectoring Combined with Active Steering in Electrical Vehicles