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Dr Steve Burrow

Dr Steve Burrow

Dr Steve Burrow
M.Eng., Ph.D.(Bristol)

Associate Professor in Aircraft Systems/Head of Department

Office 1.36
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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My longstanding interest in analogue and power electronics has proved an ideal background to support a varied portfolio of research projects ranging from More Electric Aircraft technologies to environmental sensing and from structural health monitoring to energy harvesting. The common theme running through my research is the efficient manipulation of electrical energy: an important consideration whether dealing with a 200kW aircraft generator or a 1μW energy harvester. The continued advances in switched-mode power circuit architectures and components are enabling new applications such as the electrical actuation of aircraft flight control surfaces, or adaptive, power autonomous vibration suppression. I particularly enjoy projects spanning discipline boundaries and have formed successful collaborations with academics working in non-linear mathematics, glaciology and structural dynamics.

Energy Harvesting

Energy harvesting is the term applied to low power renewable electrical energy generation. Commonly it can take the form of harvesting solar, heat or vibration energy. I am interested in the design of transducers for vibration energy harvesting, particularly electromagnetic transducers and non linear resonant structures, and also the design of power conditioning electronics for all forms of harvesting. By studying the interactions of systems with dynamic components in both mechanical and electrical domains we can design energy harvesting systems with optimised power generation.

Non-Linear vibration energy harvester

Enviromental sensing

We have developed a range of novel techniques to deploy sensors underneath Ice Sheets. The goal is to provide tools to help scientists understand the hydrology of the ice sheet system and its response to climate forcing. Electronic tracers have been trialled on the Greenland Ice Sheet, where they are introduced into moulins and travel though the sub glacial water conduits logging pressure as they go. Once they discharge at the snout of the glacier RF tracking is used to locate them and recover data.

Electronic tracer

Deployin E-tracers on the greenalnd ice sheet


Dr. Steve Burrow received his PhD in 2002 from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol for work on the modelling of interactions between electromagnetic loudspeakers and switched mode amplifiers.  He remained in the department, researching novel machines and drive topologies for aircraft generator applications before moving to the Department of Aerospace Engineering in 2004 to lecture on Avionic Systems. He was promoted to Reader in 2012, and currently coordinates avionics teachings within the Aerospace Engineering department and is also an admissions tutor for home students. He manages a team of researchers encompassing a range of projects including sub-glacial sensing, energy harvesting, structural health monitoring and the More Electric Aircraft. His research has received funding from EPSRC, NERC, RGS, DTI/TSB and from industry.


  • Power Electronics
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Environmental Sensing

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