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16/10/2017
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IWAIS 2017 Investigating ice sleeves on powerlines: RSE’s system-based approach travels the world

IWAIS 2017 Investigating ice sleeves on powerlines: RSE’s system-based approach travels the world

The 17th edition of the International Workshop on Atmospheric Icing of Structures held in Chongqing, China acknowledged the level of excellence of our studies. Meaningful feedback also came from Norway’s TSO, alongside possible future developments envisaged for Europe

Pooling experiences from cross-disciplinary fields, from atmospheric physics to materials science, from chemistry to engineering, to tackle an extremely complex, critical issue such as the icing of structures: that is the aim of the International Workshop on Atmospheric Icing of Structures (IWAIS) that landed to Chongqing, China for its seventeeth edition.

The event held from the 24th to the 29th of September 2017 recognized RSE as a centre of excellence for being able to tackle the issue of atmospheric icing with an all-round approach, encompassing studies that range from atmospheric phenomena prediction and monitoring to the development of new, promising materials with durable, large-scale applications preventing and/or mitigating ice formation on power grid equipment.

Special attention was given to ice surface discharge on insulators caused by a combination of ice and pollution, a phenomenon which will certainly deserve further investigation.

The Norwegian TSO expressed great appreciation for RSE’s research targeting the development of a metereological reanalysis databank to study extreme phenomena such as wet snow and other adverse weather conditions impacting national power systems. The TSO also showed interest in sharing RSE’s proposed methodology and verification methods.

There is also a possibility for RSE to take part in the three-year programme of the CIGRE B 2.69 working group for the study, synthesis and applicability of coatings devised for power network equipment.

RSE could also take part in a European working group that is in the process of being set up to develop and characterize icephobic coatings.

The many signs of appreciation for RSE’s work (including the remarkable Excellent Paper Prize awarded to Matteo Lacavalla, author of one of the three best papers chosen from a selection of over 200 articles) give credit to its teamwork and its system-based, cross-departmental approach.