PhD Studentship: Noise Suppression Techniques for High Voltage Overhead Line Conductors

The University of Manchester - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks

Supervisors: Dr T Chen, Prof. S Rowland, Dr Iain Dupere.

Application Deadline: Applications accepted all year round.


The rapid increase of voltage level and desire for compaction in modern overhead transmission lines has resulted in serious environmental impacts such as acoustic and electrical noise. These factors are affected by surrounding environment, weather conditions, and the overall health of the overhead plant. One of the key research barriers is to understand the complex physical mechanism behind noise generation associated with overhead line conductors. This project aims to characterise the physics of noise generation in terms of the dynamic behaviour of water droplet, corona discharge, and ion movement. This is a multi-disciplinary research which involves high voltage engineering, gas physics, and signal processing.

Funding Notes

Funding covers tuition fees and annual maintenance payments of £17,500. Students with a first class/2.1 degree (or equivalent), with a background in engineering and physical sciences and humanities, are encouraged to apply.

UK / EU eligible candidates only (EU residents who have been resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years).

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until a candidate is selected; therefore candidates are encouraged to apply early.

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