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Application of Vegetable Oils in High Voltage Power Equipment (FULLY FUNDED)

  • Full or part time
    Dr Liu
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Fossil based mineral oils are widely used as insulation and coolant in high voltage power equipment. Ever think about using your cooking oils as an alternative? These cooking oils, e.g. rapeseed oils, sunflower oils have higher biodegradability and fire points than the mineral oils, which help making greener and safer high voltage equipment.

However one of the technical challenges is to understand the breakdown phenomena in the alternative oils. This project is aimed to build a model to simulate the breakdown phenomena based on large experimental data.

Year 1: Taught courses and preparatory study

Year 2: Literature review and experimental data collection

Year 3: Establish the model and validate using experimental results

Year 4: Refine the model and write up thesis

Keywords: Vegetable oil, ester, high voltage, transformer, breakdown, modelling

Funding Notes

This project is funded by EPSRC, the University of Manchester and our Industry partners. Funding is available to UK candidates. EU candidates are also eligible if they have been studying or working continuously in the UK for three or more years (prior to the start date of the programme). The successful candidates will have their fees paid in full and will receive an enhanced maintenance stipend.

See here for information on how to apply and entry requirements: View Website

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