Dr. T. R. Chelliah
Assistant Professor
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Areas Of Interest

  • Large Electric Drives and Power Electronics, Power Electronics Applications in Large Pumped Storage Plants
  • Marine Propulsion Systems, Energy Management in Electric Tugs

Honors And Awards
Award Institute Year
Cash award for the paper presented at UPCON2016 IIT-BHU 2016
Full Travel grant award to attend the conference AEE’13, USA Department of Science and Technology (DST), India 2013
Best Paper Award for a research paper presented at AEE 2013, The Inn at Harvard (USA) International Conference on Applications of Electrical Engineering, USA 2013
Best Paper Award for a research paper presented at ACCT’13, India Int. Conf. on Advanced Computing & Communication Technologies 2013
Cash Award for an Article “Combined Heat and Power Systems” Bureau of Energy Efficiency, (Ministry of Power) India) 2007
Electrical Supervisor Competency Certificate Tamil Nadu Electrical Licensing Board, Chennai 1999
Travel grant award to attend the conference ICACC 2009, Singapore Department of Science and Technology (DST), India 2009
Educational Details
Degree Subject University Year
Ph.D Control of Industrial Motors Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee 2009
M. Eng Power Electronics and Drives Government College of Engg. Tirunelveli (Anna Univ, Chennai) 2005
B. Eng Electrical and Electronics Coimbatore Institute of Technology (Government Aided Institution) 2002
Dip. Eng Electrical and Electronics Government Polytechnic College Nagercoil 1996
Administrative Background
From To Designation Organisation Level
2011 2017 Treasurer Indian Water Resources Society
2016 on going O.C (Hydropower Simulation Lab.) IIT Roorkee
2012 On Going O.C (Electrical lab.) WRDM
2015 on going O.C (Building) IIT Roorkee
2011 On Going O.C (placements) WRDM
2012 2012 Mentor of student projects All India Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge (Aiye-Hum) 2012
1998 1999 Head – Electrical and Mechanical Division Haitima Textiles Limited, Coimbatore
2017 on going O.C (Website) IIT Roorkee
Sponsored Research Projects
Topic Funding Agency Year
Control of variable speed pumped storage hydropower plants and energy balancing Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee 2011
Doubly-Fed Induction Machines under Grid Disturbances Tehri Hydropower Development Corp. Ltd. 2014
Hydro Energy Storage: Robust Computing and Control Technologies for Enhanced Energy Efficiency Department of Science and Technology, INDIA 2013
Cost Verification of 3X42MW Hydropower Projects Megalaya Energy Corporation Ltd. 2014
Doubly Fed Induction Machine as a Propulsion Motor in Tugboats to Improve Fuel Efficiency Ministry of Shipping 2016
Reduction of Switching Transients in Doubly Fed Induction Machines used in Large Pumped Storage Plan CPRI Banaglore 2016
  • IEEE Industry Applications Society, Senior Member
  • IEEE Power and Energy Society, Senior Member
  • Indian Water Resources Society, Life Member

Teaching Engagements
Title Course Code Class Name Semester
Hydro Generating Equipments WR-531 M. Tech Autumn
Synchronous and Asynchronous Generators Lab. WR 547 Autumn
Electrical Design of Hydropower Station WR-538 Spring
Power System Protection Applications WR 534 M. Tech Spring
Renewable Energy System Technology WR 579 M. Tech Spring
Hydropower System Planning WR-532 M.Tech Autumn
PHDs Supervised
Topic Scholar Name Status of PHD Registration Year
Analysis of doubly-fed induction machine Operating at Motoring Mode Navneet Kumar A 2011
Performance Investigations of Induction Motor Drives under Sensor Faults Arun Dominic A 2011
Design and Development of Energy Conservation Strategies for Asynchronous Machine Drives R. Rajasingh A 2012
Converter Design for Doubly-Fed Induction Machine for hydropower applications Carunai Selvane O 2014
Optimization of Micro-Grid Operations B. Anil Kumar O 2014
Invertigation of Large Hydro Units subjected to Converter Faults Anto Joseph O 2015
Variable speed hydropower generation R R Semwal O 2015
HYdropower Generation under Varying Climatic Conditions Karthik D O 2016
Hydro-Electric Systems S Raghu O 2016
Investigation on Selected Energy Storage Systems for Indian Power Grid Rupesh Kumari O 2017
Cycloconverters fed large machine drives Javed Ali O 2018
Visits To Outside Institutions
Institute Visited Purpose of Visit Date
Central Electricity Authority R&D Conclave 20,21-02-2
University of Sydney Laboratory visit and discussion with the experts in Electric Drives 11-06-2015
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Discussion with Electric Vehicle Team 31-01-2013
Harvard University (USA) Conference 30-01-2013
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway Laboratory visit and a Discussion with the experts 20-25, Sep
AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland Conference (CISIM 2010) 08-10, Oct
University of Luxembourg Research 2010 – 201
The Hong Kong Poly. University Electric machines and Power Electronics Laboratories visit and a discussion with the experts 22-08-2012
University of Hong Kong Electric machines and Electric Vehicle laboratories visit and a discussion with the experts 24-08-2012
Central Power Research institute Bangalore Meeting with TC on Grid, Synchronization and Energy Conservation 25-9-2015
Baba Banda Bahathur Singh Engineering College, Punjab Examiner (M. Tech Thesis Evaluation) – Punjab Technical University 01-08-2012
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Thiruvananthapuram Research 17&18, Jan
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Noida E- Learning laboratory visit 01-10-2012
Galogi Mini Hydropower Plant, Dehradun Field visit during a short term course 30-11-2012
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Mohali Wireless communication lab. visit 24-03-2013
Central Scientific Instruments Organization, Chandigarh Computational Instrumentation laboratory visit 24-03-2014
NIT Thiruchirappalli Examiner- Ph.D candidates 21-7-2014
THDC India Ltd. R&D Meeting 17-7-2015
IISc Bangalore NaMPET Meeting 16-04-2015
NIT Surathkal Ph.D Examiner 24/10/2016
College of Technology, GBPUAT Research and Project Discussion 29-10-2016
BHEL, Haridwar visit to Electrical Machines Lab. 2-8-14
Pathri Power House (Uttrakhand) M.Tech Observational Tour 03-09-2016
Chilla Power House (Uttarakhand) M.Tech Observational Tour 26-08-2016
Courses Or Conferences Organised
Conference Name Sponsored By Date
Power Electronics in Mini/Micro Hydropower Generation (3 days course) National Mission on Power Electronics Technology (NaMPET), Ministry of Communications & Information 2012/11/29
Natioanl Workshop on Power Electronics (NWPE 2017) NaMPET (MietY), Government of India 9-11/10/17
Advanced Control and Computing Technologies for Reliable Industrial Electricity Saving Uttrakhand Science and Technology 17/02/2014
Power Electronics In LArge Pumped Storage Hydropower Plants QIP, IIT Roorkee 14-18/7/2014
Applications and Challenges in Multi-Channel Megawatt Power Electronic Systems QIP, IIT Roorkee 16-20/7/18
Special Lectures Delivered
Title Place Date
Reliability and Efficiency of Networked Electric Drives University of Luxembourg 20-04-2010
Energy-optimal control of industrial motor drives Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 23-12-2013
Power electronics in hydro-electric energy systems Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 23-12-2013
Hydro Plant Electrical Systems CEC, IIT Roorkee 05-04-2017
Recent Trends and Operational Challenges in Hydro-Electric Systems (Case Studies and Experimental Il CEC, IIT Roorkee 05-04-2017
Recent Trends, Challenges and Research Opportunities in Hydropower Generation Pondicherry Engineering College 05-12-2017
Books Authored

[book chapter] Radha Thangaraj, Thanga Raj Chelliah, Millie Pant, Pascal Bouvry and Ajith Abraham, “Applications of Nature Inspired Algorithms in Electrical Engineering”, Handbook of Optimization, Intelligent Systems Series, Springer Verlag, Germany, pp. 991-1024, 2012.

Refereed Journal Papers 
  • Patent: (2018) Energy Efficient Starting of Pump Turbine Equipped with Doubly Fed Induction Machine, accepted by IITR-IPR Cell for filing (under Tehri Hydropower Corporation funded project).
  • Anto Joseph, D. Karthik, R R Semwal, Thanga Raj Chelliah and Deepak Khare, “Dynamic Performance of Pumping Mode of 250 MW Variable Speed Hydro-Generating Unit Subjected to Power and Control Circuit Faults,” IEEE Trans. Energy Conversion, Vol. 33, No.1, 2018.
  • C. Bharatiraja, S. Raghu, T. R. Chelliah, M. Tariq, and J. L. Munda,, “Design and implementation of fourth arm for elimination of bearing current in NPC-MLI fed Induction motor drive,” IEEE Trans. Industry Applications, Vol. 54, No.1, 2018.
  • Anto Joseph and Thanga Raj Chelliah, “A Review of Power Electronic Converters for Variable Speed Pumped Storage Plants: Configurations, Operational Challenges and Future scopes”, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, Vol. 6, No.1, 2018.
  • Anto Joseph, S. Raghu, Thanga Raj Chelliah and S V Appa Sarma “Starting and Braking of a Large Variable Speed Hydro-Generating Unit Subjected to Converter and Sensor Faults” IEEE Trans. Industry Applications (doi: 10.1109/TIA.2018.2816904).
  • R. Rajasingh, Raghu Selvaraj and Thanga Raj Chelliah, “Dynamic Performance of Doubly-Fed Hydroelectric Machines under Voltage Unbalance – A Relative Electro-Thermomechanical Analysis,” IEEE Trans. Industry Applications (accepted).
  • Raghu Selvaraj, Thanga Raj Chelliah, Deepak Khare and C. Bharathiraja “Fault Tolerant Operation of Parallel Connected 3L- Neutral-Point Clamped Back-to-Back Converters Serving to Large Hydro-Generating Units, IEEE Trans. Industry Applications (accepted).
  • B. Anil Kumar, S. Raghu, Thanga Raj Chelliah, Deepak Khare, U. S. Ramesh, “Improved Fuel-Use Efficiency in Diesel-Electric Tugboats with an Asynchronous Power Generating Unit,” IEEE Trans. Transportation Electrification (under second revision).
  • Anto Joseph and Thanga Raj Chelliah, “Fault Diagnosis and Fault Tolerant Control of Megawatt Power Electronic Converters Fed Large Asynchronous Hydro-Generator”, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (under review).
  • Anto Joseph and Thanga Raj Chelliah, “A Novel Energy Efficient Starting of Pump Turbine Equipped with Doubly-Fed Induction Machine”, IEEE Trans. Industrial Electronics (under review).
  • Anto Joseph and Thanga Raj Chelliah, “Multi-Channel VSI Fed Large Variable Speed Asynchronous Hydro-Condenser: Fault Analysis, Fault Diagnosis and Fault Tolerant Control”, IET Renewable Power Generation (under revision).
  • R. Rajasingh and Thanga Raj Chelliah, “Enforcement of cost-effective energy conservation on single-fed asynchronous machine using a novel switching strategy”, Energy, Vol. 126, pp. 179-191, 2017.
  • C. Carunaiselvane and Thanga Raj Chelliah, “Present Trends and Future Prospects of Asynchronous Machines in Renewable Energy Systems”Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 74, pp. 1028-1041, 2017.

    Conference Papers (2017-18)
  • Karthik D., S. Raghu, Thanga Raj Chelliah, D. Khare “Effective Utilization of Parallel Connected Megawatt Three-Level Back-to-Back Power Converters in Variable Speed Pumped Storage Units,” 53rd IEEE IAS Annual Meeting (USA), 23 – 27 September 2018 [accepted for presentation and to be submitted for possible publication in IEEE Trans. Industry Applications].
  • R. Raja Singh, Harshit Mohan, Thanga Raj Chelliah, “Optimal Energy Switching Strategy for Doubly Fed VSD using Fuzzy – Decision Control Algorithm,” 52nd IEEE IAS Annual Meeting (USA), 1-5 October 2017 [invited for possible publication in IEEE Trans. Industry Applications]
  • Karthik D, Thanga Raj Chelliah, Deepak Khare “Sustainable Operation Of Small Hydropower Schemes In Changing Climatic Conditions,” IEEE PES APPEEC 2017, Bangalore, 8-10 November 2017
  • S. Raghu, Thanga Raj Chelliah, Deepak Khare “A Novel Switching Strategy for DC Link Voltage Balance in Parallel Connected Three-Level Diode Clamped Back-to-Back Converter Systems Serving to Variable Speed Pumped Storage Plant,” International Transportation Electrification Conference, Pune, 13-15 December 2017
  • B Anil Kumar, Thanga Raj Chelliah, Deepak Khare, U S Ramesh, “Optimization of Micro-Grid with Load Prediction in Asynchronous Generator Driven Tugboat Propulsion System” International Transportation Electrification Conference, Pune, 13-15 December 2017
  • M. Chandrasekar, B Anil Kumar, Thanga Raj Chelliah, “Optimal Sizing of Diesel Generators in Marine Propulsion Systems”, International Transportation Electrification Conference, Pune, 13-15 December 2017