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Mahdi Davarpanah

Assistant Professor
Email: m.davarpanah [AT] ut.ac.ir


  • PhD in Power Engineering, University of Tehran, April 2013


  • Visiting Student, University of Toronto, Canada, 2012


  • M.Sc. in Power Engineering, University of Tehran, August 2005


  • B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Power & Water University of Technology, September 2002


  • Selected as the prominent industrial project, University of Tehran, December 2015.


  • Selected as the best young professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering school teaching award, University of Tehran, May 2015.


  • Selected as the best researcher of Iran power industry and awarded by the energy minister (Mr. Hamid Chitchian), Second congress of electrical power industry collaboration with universities and research centers, Nov. 2013.


  • Ranked 1st  among Power Engineering PhD Candidates, ECE school, University of Tehran, April 2013.


  • Ranked 1st in University of Tehran Ph.D. program contest on Power Engineering, Aug. 2007.


  • Awarded as the best workshop, 7th Iranian Student Power System Conference, Iran, Nov. 2006.


  • Awarded as the best paper, 5th Iranian Student Conference on Electrical Engineering, Sep. 2002.


  • Ranked 1st among graduated electrical engineering Students, Electrical Department of PWUT, Aug. 2002.

Research Interests

  • Power System Protection

  • Power System Transients

  • Microgrids

Publications (Journal Papers)

  • H. Dashti, Mahdi Davarpanah, Majid Sanaye-Pasand, Hamid Lesani, “Discriminating Transformer Large Inrush Currents from Fault Currents,” Elsevier International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, vol. 75, pp. 74-82, Feb. 2016.


  • M. Abedini, M. Davarpanah, M. Sanaye-Pasand, “Appropriate Grounding System for Grid-connected Small-scale Synchronous Generators,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Application, vol. 51, no. 6, pp. 5390 – 5397, Nov.-Dec. 2015.


  • M. Amini, M. Davarpanah, M. Sanaye-Pasand, “A Novel Approach to Detect the Synchronous Generator Loss of Excitation,” IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 1429-1438, June 2015.








  • A. Hooshyar, M. Sanaye-Pasand, and M. Davarpanah, “Development of a new derivative-based algorithm to detect current transformer saturation,” IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 207-217, 2012.


  • M. Davarpanah, M. Sanaye-Pasand, "A novel optimum load shedding approach for power systems", BARGH Journal of Electrical Science and Technology, Vol. 21, No. 50, 2012, pp. 14-32, 2012.


  • A. Hooshyar, M. Sanaye-Pasand, S. Afsharnia, M. Davarpanah, B. M. Ebrahimi, "Time-Domain Analysis of Differential Power Signal to Detect Magnetizing Inrush in Power Transformers,” IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 1394-1404, July 2012.


  • F. B. Ajaei, M. Sanaye-Pasand, M. Davarpanah, A. Rezaei-Zare, and R. Iravani, “Mitigating the impacts of CCVT subsidence transients on the distance relay,” IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 497-505, April 2012.


  • M. Davarpanah, M. Sanaye-Pasand, and F. B. Ajaei, "CVT failure due do improper design of  auxiliary voltage transformers," IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 391-400, Jan. 2012.


  • F. B. Ajaei, M. Sanaye-Pasand, M. Davarpanah, A. Rezaei-Zare, and R. Iravani, “Compensation of the current-transformer saturation effects for digital relays,” IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 2531-2540, Oct. 2011.


  • H. Dashti, M. Sanaye-Pasand, and M. Davarpanah, "Fast and reliable CT saturation detection using a combined method," IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 1037-1044, July 2009.


  • H. Asadi, M. Sanaye-Pasand, M. Davarpanah, “A novel approach for real-time estimation of power system voltage collapse based on wide area protection”, Journal of Iranian Association of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Feb. 2008.


  • M. Davarpanah, S. Mounesan, S. Barzi, "Automation distribution system terminal", Iranian Industrial Property General Office, Patent No. 58075, Feb. 2009


  • M. Sanaye-Pasand, M. Davarpanah, "IEC standard design approach enhancement to reduce gapped-core current transformer volume”, Iranian Industrial Property General Office, Patent No. 74741, Apr. 2012

Teaching Experiences (Academic Courses)

  • High Voltage Substation Design
  • High Voltage Transmission Line Design
  • Electrical Machines-II
  • Protective Relay Lab.
  • Electrical Workshop
  • Electrical Machine Lab.

Teaching Experiences (Industrial Short Courses)

Presentation of industrial short courses for power engineers, about the following subjects (totally 180 days):


1.     Protection

a. Current Transformer

b. Voltage Transformer

c. Over current, Earth Fault and Directional Relays

d. Distance Relay

e. Differential Relays

f.  Digital Protection

g. Principles of Protective Relays


2.     Power and Distribution Transformers

a. In-situ Power Transformer Tests

b. Transformer Operation and Maintenance

c. Power Transformer Standards

d. Reconditioning and Reclamation of Transformer Oil

e. Determination of Technical Specifications for Distribution Transformer

f. Determination of Technical Specifications for Power Transformer


3.     Distribution System

a. Distribution System Grounding

b. Technical Requirements for Interconnection of DGs to Distribution System

c. Distribution System Problems


4.    Other Short Courses

a. Simulation of Power System Transients

b. Data Collection for Protection System Studies

d. Electrical Safety

e. Insulation Coordination in Power Systems

f.  LV and MV Switchgears

Selected Research Projects

1. Iran Grid Management Company (IGMC)

  1. Relay maloperation investigation caused by system transients, relay performance study against system transients and proposing new configurations and settings to improve the relay performance, Feb. 2013-present

  2. Relay performance investigation against instrument transformer transients and proposing practical solutions, University of Tehran, June 2008-Feb. 2011.


2. Tehran Regional Electric Company (TREC)

  1. High voltage cable protection enhancement, University of Tehran, April 2013-present.

  2. Determining reasons for increasing the CVT ratio error based on fault diagnosis tests, University of Tehran, Feb. 2010-Oct. 2010.

  3. Performance evaluation of various industrial protective relays in harmonic polluted conditions, University of Sharif, Aug. 2006-Jul. 2009.


​3. Fajr Petrochemical Company 

  1. Determining causes of Fajr generators instability and proposing a practical solution based on special protection scheme (SPS), University of Tehran, April 2009-Dec. 2009
  2. Investigating generators relays maloperation of Fajr Co. during transformer energization and proposing an applicable solution, EDSAB Consultant Co., Jun. 2008-Aug. 2009


4. Khouzestan Steel Company (KSC)

  1. Recognizing causes of circulating current flow into the SVC switchgear ground grid and proposing appropriate solutions, 2009.
  2. Isolating the solid grounded neutral terminal of the power transformers to mitigate transformer failures caused by phase to ground faults, 2009.
  3. Over current and earth fault relay performance enhancement based on an adaptive protection approach in 33kV and 6.6 kV parallel cables, 2010.

5. Nirou Trans Company (CT and CVT Manufacturer) ​

  1. Enhancement of the design of high-current bottom-core CTs prone to local saturation, 2011.

Technical Commitee Membership

  • Member of TC-14 and TC-38 subcommittees, IEC international standard, Iran sector


  • Member of Iranian distribution system standard committees to prepare technical specifications for distribution system equipment, such as protective relays, disconnecting switch, transformer oil, current transformer, potential transformer, dry-type transformer, oil immersed transformer.


  • Member of transformer committee, Iranian Association of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, 2002- 2003