Expertise

Dr. Kimball’s expertise spans a wide range of power electronics topics, as evidenced by his publication record. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Power systems for microsatellites, such as the system being built by the Missouri S&T Satellite Team
  • Ground-support equipment for aircraft, both military and commercial
  • Power converters for solar energy, both off-grid and grid-tied
  • Microgrid studies

In addition to performing design and analysis of power converters and systems, Kimball is available for design reviews and troubleshooting. He is familiar with standards such as UL 508C, EN 50178, and EN 61800-5-1. His background includes industrial motors and drives up to 450 hp, 575 V. He is a Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois, license 062-057980.

Tools commonly used in design and analysis include:

  • Matlab/Simulink
  • Octave
  • Mathematica
  • PLECS
  • PSIM
  • EAGLE
  • OrCad

Kimball also has some embedded programming capability in C, which is sometimes used to supplement the simulations (e.g., an embedded C block in the simulation to match the actual firmware).

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