High Voltage Direct Current Centre Hosts Seminar with Fukuoka University
The High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Centre within the School of Engineering hosted a Seminar at the Smart Grid Centre on Promoting Inter-University Collaborative Education.
The Seminar, co-ordinated by the newly-appointed HVDC Director, Dr Inno Davidson, was arranged as part of a visit to UKZN by three guest professors from the Fukuoka University in Japan - Professor Kiyoto Nishijima, Associate Professor Teruhiko Kohama and Assistant Professor Takao Matsumoto.
Dean and Head of School for Engineering, Professor Cristina Trois, welcomed the group which included academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students and industrial partners, giving them an insight into the South African education system and UKZN’s School of Engineering.
Nishijima presented his work titled: “A study of Gas Discharge Physics, describing the post-quake situation - the Eastern Japan Great Earthquake occurred on 11 March 2011 - of the Japanese electric power scene”.
The current research topics of the high-voltage laboratory at Fukuoka University such as plasma diagnostics using an ultra-fast ICCD camera and a high-resolution spectroscope were introduced. This was followed by an informative video on lightning which had been part of a national Japanese television show.
Both Kohama and Matsumoto gave explanatory summaries for their research work followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
The Japanese academics have researched high-voltage engineering from the view point of discharge physics in order to prevent corona discharge and sparkover in high-voltage equipment in order to develop efficient plasma applications.
Discipline Leader, Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at UKZN, Professor Thomas Afullo, delighted the guests by greeting them in Japanese.
Afullo presented on the opportunities for building research capacity at UKZN’s School of Engineering saying: ‘We consider the visit by Professor Nishijima and his colleagues to be an opportunity to collaborate, not only with the Electrical Engineering or High Voltage researchers at Fukuoka University but also with the Electronic and Computer Engineering researchers.’
A vote of thanks was given by Dr Leigh Jarvis who gave guests mementos from the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.
The closing remarks were made by the Director of HVDC Centre, Dr Davidson: ‘This meeting highlights the value of team-work, co-operation and the potential of collaboration with fellow researchers and industry-leaders internationally, to add value, share knowledge and stimulate new ideas for both staff and students.
- Leena Rajpal