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HV contributes to University 60th anniversary events

Published: 2 August 2012

In the year that the University is celebrating its 60th anniversary it is also the 10th anniversary of the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory.

The Laboratory was renamed in 2002 in honour of Professor Tony Davies who was responsible for its creation. Its work in the area of dielectric materials has been recognised by the University as one of its 60 successes since 1952 and on Saturday 30 June the Lab opened its doors to the public as part of the University’s Community Day.

More than 140 visitors witnessed demonstrations of high voltage phenomena and were given tours around the facility.

The HV Lab has expanded over the last 10 years - in 2004 it doubled in size with the addition of a new hall and a dielectric materials laboratory. In 2010, a mezzanine floor was added to the old hall, allowing for further expansion in both research activity and commercial testing. This has led to the creation of a multidisciplinary research team, which is currently addressing a range of complex problems associated with the design of improved dielectric systems, specific issues associated with high voltage plant and its operation in what is an uncertain future.

For more information about our current activities see our HV Lab web pages.

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