Prof. Dr. Abdulkadir Balıkçı

Director, TUBITAK Institute of Rail Transport Technologies

Director, TUBITAK Marmara Research Center Energy Institute

Professor, Gebze Technical University Department of Electronics Engineering

2012 Assoc. Prof. Dr., Gebze Technical University (Gebze Institute of Technology) Department of Electronics Engineering

2004 Asst. Prof. Dr., Gebze Institute of Technology

2001 System Planning Engineer, Independent System Operator of New England (ISO New England), Holyoke, MA, USA

1999 Research Assistant, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York

1993 Research Assistant, Gebze Institute of Technology

Research Biography

2014 – Battery systems for electric vehicles

2010 – Energy management for vehicular applications

2003 – Power Systems, electric machines

2001 – Electromagnetic launchers

Academic Background

2003 Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic University, New York. Polytechnic University, New York.

1997 Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic University, New York.

1992 Bachelor of Electrical Education, Gazi University, Ankara.

Title: Design and Implementation of a Novel Power Conditioner for Linear Induction Launchers

Abstract: Linear induction launchers have some important advantages, such as contactless operation between barrel and projectile, over the other type of launching technologies. The barrel corresponding to stator can be excited by generators or capacitor banks whose voltage and frequency might be constant or being manipulated by a power conditioner. Also, multilevel converter topologies for driving rotational electromechanical machines have attracted more attention for the last decades due to some of their unique benefits. Since linear induction launchers are subset of electrical machines, multilevel topologies can be applied to them as well while designing such a conditioner. Moreover, researches on capacitor power sources of the launchers have been conducted mostly by including the simple level switching devices. However, power electronics technology has reached higher performances thanks to invention of cutting-edge switching devices such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) during last decades. For this reason, a novel converter structure as a conditioner for power source unit of a linear induction launcher will be designed and implemented. The proposed conditioner will be constructed as cascaded H-bridge multilevel converter topology in which SiC MOSFETS will be preferred. Also, variable-voltage/variable-frequency (VVVF) control method will be applied to drive the launcher with proposed conditioner. A complete linear induction launch system will be realized experimentally by feeding the proposed novel conditioner with capacitor banks.