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Dr. Thanga Raj Chelliah
Dr. T. R. Chelliah Assistant Professor thangfwt[at] 91 1332 28 5554
Areas of Interest
  • Doubly-Fed Induction Machines for Pumping Applications
  • Power Electronics for Hydro-Electric Systems and Smart Grids, Networked Control of Electric Drives
Honors and Awards
Best Paper Award for a research paper presented at AEE13, USAInternational Conference on Applications of Electrical Engineering, USA2013
Best Paper Award for a research paper presented at ACCT'13, IndiaInt. Conf. on Advanced Computing & Communication Technologies2013
Cash Award for an Article "Combined Heat and Power Systems"Bureau of Energy Efficiency, (Ministry of Power) India)2007
Electrical Supervisor Competency CertificateTamil Nadu Electrical Licensing Board, Chennai1999
Educational Details
Ph.DControl of Industrial MotorsIndian Institute of Technology Roorkee2009
M. EngPower Electronics and DrivesGovernment College of Engg. Tirunelveli (Anna Univ, Chennai)2005
B. EngElectrical and ElectronicsCoimbatore Institute of Technology (Government Aided Institution)2002
Dip. EngElectrical and ElectronicsGovernment Polytechnic College Nagercoil1996
Administrative Background
2011On GoingTreasurerIndian Water Resources Society
2012On GoingO.C (Electrical lab.)WRDM
2011On GoingO.C (placements)WRDM
20122012Mentor of the student projectAll India Young Engineers' Humanitarian Challenge (Aiye-Hum) 2012
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyYear
Control of variable speed pumped storage hydropower plants and energy balancingSponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee2011
Doubly-Fed Induction Machines under Grid DisturbancesTehri Hydropower Development Corp. Ltd.2014
Hydro Energy Storage: Robust Computing and Control Technologies for Enhanced Energy EfficiencyDepartment of Science and Technology, INDIA2013
Cost Verification of 3X42MW Hydropower ProjectsMegalaya Energy Corporation Ltd.2014
Doubly Fed Induction Machine as a Propulsion Motor in Tugboats to Improve Fuel EfficiencyMinistry of Shipping2016
Reduction of Switching Transients in Doubly Fed Induction Machines used in Large Pumped Storage PlanCPRI Banaglore2016
  • IEEE, Member
  • Indian Water Resources Society, Life Member
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Hydro Generating EquipmentsWR-531M. TechAutumn
Synchronous and Asynchronous Generators Lab. WR 547Autumn
Electrical Design of Hydropower StationWR-538Spring
Power System Protection ApplicationsWR 534M. TechSpring
Renewable Energy System TechnologyWR 579M. TechSpring
Hydropower System PlanningWR-532M.TechAutumn
PHDs Supervised
TopicScholar NameStatus of PHDRegistration Year
Analysis of doubly-fed induction machine under non-ideal supply voltagesNavneet KumarA2011
Induction Motor Drives under Sensor FaultsArun DominicA2011
Start-up Transients Analysis in Doubly-Fed Induction Machines serving to Pumped Storage PlantsR. RajasinghO2012
Converter Design for Doubly-Fed Induction Machine for hydropower applicationsCarunai SelvaneO2014
Optimization of Micro-Grid OperationsB. Anil KumarO2014
Parallel operation of power converters Anto JosephO2015
Variable speed hydropower generationR R SemwalO2015
Energy-Optimal control of IM DrivesKarthik DO2016
Hydro-Electric SystemsS Raghu O2016
Control in hydropower systemsRupesh KumariO2017
Visits to outside institutions
Institute VisitedPurpose of VisitDate
University of SydneyLaboratory visit and discussion with the experts in Electric Drives11-06-2015
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyDiscussion with Electric Vehicle Team31-01-2013
Harvard University (USA)Conference30-01-2013
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, NorwayLaboratory visit and a Discussion with the experts20-25, Sep
AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, PolandConference (CISIM 2010)08-10, Oct
University of LuxembourgResearch2010 - 201
The Hong Kong Poly. UniversityElectric machines and Power Electronics Laboratories visit and a discussion with the experts22-08-2012
University of Hong KongElectric machines and Electric Vehicle laboratories visit and a discussion with the experts24-08-2012
Central Power Research institute BangaloreMeeting with TC on Grid, Synchronization and Energy Conservation25-9-2015
Baba Banda Bahathur Singh Engineering College, PunjabExaminer (M. Tech Thesis Evaluation) - Punjab Technical University01-08-2012
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, ThiruvananthapuramResearch17&18, Jan
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, NoidaE- Learning laboratory visit01-10-2012
Galogi Mini Hydropower Plant, DehradunField visit during a short term course30-11-2012
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, MohaliWireless communication lab. visit24-03-2013
Central Scientific Instruments Organization, ChandigarhComputational Instrumentation laboratory visit24-03-2014
NIT ThiruchirappalliExaminer- Ph.D candidates21-7-2014
THDC India Ltd.R&D Meeting17-7-2015
IISc BangaloreNaMPET Meeting16-04-2015
NIT SurathkalPh.D Examiner24/10/2016
College of Technology, GBPUATResearch and Project Discussion29-10-2016
BHEL, Haridwarvisit to Electrical Machines Lab.2-8-14
Pathri Power House (Uttrakhand)M.Tech Observational Tour03-09-2016
Chilla Power House (Uttarakhand)M.Tech Observational Tour26-08-2016
Courses or Conferences Organised
Conference NameSponsored ByDate
Power Electronics in Mini/Micro Hydropower Generation (3 days course)National Mission on Power Electronics Technology (NaMPET), Ministry of Communications & Information 2012-11-29
Advanced Control and Computing Technologies for Reliable Industrial Electricity SavingUttrakhand Science and Technology17-02-2014
Power Electronics In LArge Pumped Storage Hydropower PlantsQIP, IIT Roorkee14-7-2014
Special Lectures Delivered
Energy-optimal control of industrial motor drivesMalaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur23-12-2013
Power electronics in hydro-electric energy systemsMalaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur23-12-2013
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
  • R. Rajasingh and Thanga Raj Chelliah, "Enforcement of cost-effective energy conservation on single-fed asynchronous machine using a novel switching strategy", Energy (to appear).

  • C. Carunaiselvane and Thanga Raj Chelliah, "Present Trends and Future Prospects of Asynchronous Machines in Renewable Energy Systems", Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (to appear).

  • Navneet Kumar, Thanga Raj Chelliah, S.P. Srivastava, "Impact of unbalance grid voltage on the performance of doubly-fed induction machine at motoring mode" Electric Power Components and Systems, Vol. 44, pp. 1291-1306, 2016.                   

  • Rati Kanta Mohanta, Thanga Raj Chelliah, Srikanth Allamsetty, Aparna Akula,Ripul Ghosh, "Sources of Vibration and Their Treatment in Hydro Power Stations-A Review", Int. J. Engineering Science and Technology, (

  • Navneet Kumar, Thanga Raj Chelliah, S.P. Srivastava, "Analysis of doubly-fed induction machine operating at motoring mode subjected to voltage sag, Int. J. Engineering Science and Technology, Vol. 19, pp. 1117-1131, 2016.

  • Navneet Kumar, Thanga Raj Chelliah, S.P. Srivastava, "DFIM Based Energy Management in Irrigation Pump Systems Connected to Renewable Energy Sources," Energy Engineering, Vol. 112, No. 4, pp. 62-80, 2015.

  • Navneet Kumar, Thanga Raj Chelliah, S. P. Srivastava, "Adaptive Control Schemes for Improving Dynamic Performance of Efficiency-optimized Induction Motor Drives," ISA Transactions, Vol. 57, pp. 301-310, 2015. 

  • Arun dominic D., Thanga Raj Chelliah, "Analysis of field-oriented controlled induction motor drives under sensor faults and an overview of sensorless schemes" ISA Transactions, Vol. 55, No. 5, 2014, pp. 1680-1694.

  • R. Rajasingh, Thanga Raj Chelliah, P. Agarwal, "Power Electronics In Hydro Electric Energy Systems - A Review" Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 32, pp. 944-959, 2014.

  • Thanga Raj Chelliah, T. Radha, A. Srikanth, M. Pant, "Coordination of Directional Overcurrent Relays Using Opposition based Chaotic Differential Evolution Algorithm," International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, Vol. 55, pp. 341-350, 2014.

  • C. Thanga Raj, Radha Thangaraj, Millie Pant, Pascal Bouvry, Ajith Abraham, “Design optimization of induction motors with differential evolution (DE) algorithms with an application in textile spinning,” Application of Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 26, No. 9, pp. 809-831, 2012.

  • R. Thangaraj, C. Thanga Raj, Millie Pant, Attulya K. Nagar,"In-Situ Efficiency Determination of Induction Motor: A Comparative Study of Evolutionary Techniques," Application of Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 116-140, 2011.

  • R. Thangaraj, C. Thanga Raj, M. Pant, A. Abraham, “Optimal Gain-Tuning of PI Speed Controller in Induction Motor Drives Using Particle Swarm Optimization,” Logic Journal of IGPL, Vol.19, No. 2, pp. 343-356, 2009.

  • C. Thanga Raj, S. P. Srivastava, Pramod Agarwal, “Particle Swarm and Fuzzy Logic Based Optimal Energy Control of Induction Motor for a Mine Hoist Load Diagram,” IAENG Int. Journal of Computer Science, Vol.36, No.1, 2009, pp. 17-25.

  • C. Thanga Raj, S. P. Srivastava, Pramod Agarwal, “Differential Evolution based Optimal Control of Induction Motor Serving to Textile Industry,” IAENG Int. Journal of Computer Science, Vol. 35, No. 2, 2008, pp. 201-208.

  • C. Thanga Raj, S. P. Srivastava, Pramod Agarwal, “Realization of Particle Swarm Optimized Design of Induction Motor Via SPEED/PC-IMD,” Engineering Letters, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2008, pp. 486-492.

  • C. Thanga Raj, S. P. Srivastava, Pramod Agarwal, “Induction Motor in Industrial Application -Situation Analysis,” Electrical India Magazine, Vol. 48, No. 3, March 2008, pp. 70-73.

  • Thangaraj, C., P. Agarwal, and S. P. Srivastava. 2007. Indian standard IS 325: A review. Engineering Advances Magazine, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 24–32.