August, 2012. MIT EECS graduate student Jouya Jadidian has been awarded a $5,000 fellowship from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (IEEE DIES). The fellowship is awarded to students pursuing graduate research in the area of insulating materials, breakdown, charge transport, electrostatic phenomena, high voltage effects, and related subjects. Jouya is one of only a few doctoral students worldwide who received the award, which goes toward travel to international IEEE conferences in the period of 2011-2012.
Mr. Jadidian’s project aims to create a theoretical model that gives an accurate description of streamer discharge in liquid dielectrics such as the transformer oil based nanofluids. This research is supported technically and financially by ABB Sweden since 2004.
The IEEE DEIS is interested in this area of research because a detailed understanding of discharge phenomena can help power apparatus designers to prevent insulation system failure that can cause catastrophic damages. In addition, this research is of technical interest from the numerical simulation point of view as it leads the modeling of streamer discharge not only in liquid dielectrics, but also in vacuum, gases and solid dielectrics.
Jouya and his advisor, Prof. Markus Zahn hope that this research will eventually help develop new technologies in the insulation industry.
A short biography and award proposal for Jouya's project is provided at IEEE DEIS website: http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/deis/Fellows/JouyaJadidian.html