Blogging introduction from the Electrical Machines lab
Hi, I am Kiruba Haran, manager of the Electrical Machine’s lab at the GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY. In this role, I lead a group of ~20 engineers and scientists that develop advanced electric machine technology for all of GE’s industrial businesses. You are probably thinking of motors for GE’s appliances like washing machines and dryers. While that is some of what we do, the vast majority of our work is focused on the key emerging themes of today’s energy and transportation industry. This includes larger, more cost effective wind turbine generators, advanced traction motors for electric vehicles and locomotives, starter-generators for aircraft engines, large utility generators, more reliable electric drives for the Oil & Gas industry, as well as advanced techniques for monitoring the condition of these assets, diagnosing any potential problems and communicating their health in a more connected world.
The applications we work on span ratings from a fraction of a horsepower to giga-watts! We also do other cool stuff like superconducting generators that operate at temperatures lower than -200 deg C (i.e. only a few degrees higher than absolute zero!) In this effort we are able to take technology developed for GE’s MRI systems and apply it to an electric machine application. In fact, I started my career at GE in the Electromagnetic and Superconductivity lab, which focuses on developing the next generation of MRI magnets and spent six years with some of the world’s greatest experts in this field. This type of cross-pollination of ideas from the different GE businesses to develop technologies that redefine multiple industries is one reason I consider my job one of the most exciting I can imagine. Stay tuned for some fun updates from our labs at this site.
- Technical Education at Global Research: Electric Machines
- Thoughts and Takeaways—Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium
- The “Rise of the Machines” on CNBC tonight at 9:00 ET/PT
- GE Researchers Invented a Novel Sensor for Online Health Monitoring of Industrial Motors
- GE invention significantly reduces electrical hazards