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11th March 2019: Laboratory Visit to Institute of High Voltage and High Current, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Monday, March 18th, 2019

By Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)

Laboratory tour

On 11 March 2019, undergraduate students of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) undertaking the course “High Voltage Technology” had the chance to visit the high voltage laboratory of the Institute of High Voltage and High Current, UTM. During the visit, the students had a tour around the laboratory to know better about practical high voltage equipment, such as the impulse generator, AC/DC generator, transformer and switchgear. The importance of high voltage insulation was also conveyed to the students through a laboratory demonstration of glass insulation flashover. In addition, the students were also briefed about safety concerning the use of high voltage laboratory.

The laboratory tour intended to enhance the students’ in-class learning experience and pave the way for the students to begin their research-related assignments in the field of dielectrics and electrical insulation. This is in line with UTM’s initiative to promote teaching-research nexus among the students to ensure that teaching and learning activities of the students are enhanced through research experience.

19th January 2019: IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter 2019 AGM

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

By Dr. Hazlee Azil Illias (University of Malaya)

IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter Members

The 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) Malaysia Chapter was successfully held on 19th January 2019 at Dorsett, Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The meeting was attended by active members of IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter. The meeting began with a welcoming address by the 2018 Chapter Chair, endorsement of 2018 AGM’s meeting minutes, 2018 Chapter activities report, 2018 Chapter account report, dissolution of 2018 committee members and election of 2019 committee members.

The elected IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter committee members for 2019 are as follows:
Past Chair: Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew
Chair: Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Mohamad Kamarol Mohd Jamil
Vice Chair: Ir. Dr. Nor Asiah Muhamad
Secretary: Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Hazlee Azil Illias
Treasurer: Dr. Amir Izzani Mohamed
Executive Committee:
Associate Professor Dr. Hidayat Zainuddin
Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Muzamir Isa
Associate Professor Dr. Azrul Mohd Ariffin
Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Taufiq Ishak
Dr. Norhafiz Azis

The meeting was continued with the appointment of 2019 auditors, address by the 2019 Chapter Chair and finally, a brief discussion on activity plans in 2019. The planned activities are journal writing workshop, membership drive, dielectric tutorial, industrial talk and industrial visit.

18th January 2019: Visit to UPNM High Voltage Laboratory

Friday, January 18th, 2019

By Dr. Hazlee Azil Illias (University of Malaya)

Visitors to UPNM High Voltage Laboratory

In conjunction with the Malaysian High Voltage Network (MyHVnet) AGM held at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) on 18th July 2019, members of IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) Malaysia Chapter and Malaysian High Voltage Network (MyHVnet) visited UPNM High Voltage Laboratory.

During the visit, Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Taufiq Ishak, the supervisor of the lab, introduced various high voltage engineering facilities available in the lab to the visitors. Then, a short demonstration on breakdown in air under high impulse voltage was conducted by Dr. Taufiq. Dr. Taufiq welcomed the visitors to use the lab facilities anytime for research and teaching purposes and also encouraged collaborations related to high voltage engineering activities.

18th January 2019: First Committee Meeting of ICPADM 2021

Friday, January 18th, 2019

By Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)

The first committee meeting of the International Conference on the Properties and Applications of Dielectric Materials (ICPADM) 2021 was successfully held at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) on 18 January 2019, in conjunction with the 2019 MyHVnet Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting was attended by committee members of ICPADM 2021 from different universities and industries across Malaysia.

The meeting began with opening remarks by Prof. Dr. Zulkurnain Abdul Malek of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, the General Chair of ICPADM 2021. Prof. Dr. Zulkurnain then briefed the committee members on ICPADM, a fully sponsored conference by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS). The conference will be held in Malaysia in 2021 and as such, much work is currently being planned to ensure the success of the conference.

ICPADM is a conference combining research and application practice in dielectrics covering the general areas of electrical insulation in power equipment and cables, outdoor insulators and bushings, monitoring and diagnosis of insulation degradation, insulation for HVDC systems, ageing and life expectancy of insulation, dielectric phenomena and applications, partial discharges, electrical and water treeing and surface tracking, electrical conduction and breakdown in dielectrics, surface and interfacial phenomena, nano-technology and nano-dielectrics, space charge and its effects, new and functional dielectrics, dielectric materials for electronics and photonics, eco-friendly dielectrics, bio-dielectrics, dielectrics for superconducting applications, new diagnostic applications.

During the committee meeting, expectations of ICPADM 2021, which were discussed with Dr. Harry Orton, the Chair of the International Advisory Committee of ICPADM, during his visit to Malaysia in August 2018, were highlighted to the committee members. This would ensure that the committee members had a good grasp of ICPADM 2021 before embarking on their roles as committee members, as follows:

General Chair
• Prof. Dr. Zulkurnain Abdul Malek (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
General Secretary
• Ir. Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
Finance Committee
• Dr. Mona Riza Mohd Esa (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
• Dr. Noor Azlinda Ahmad (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
Technical Program Committee
• Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Hazlee Azil Illias (Universiti Malaya)
• Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Afendi Mohamed Piah (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
• Ir. Dr. Nor Asiah Muhamad (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

Publications and Local Arrangement Committee
• Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Zainal Abidin Ab Kadir (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
• Assoc. Prof. Dr. Azrul Mohd Ariffin (Universiti Tenaga Nasional )
• Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hidayat Zainuddin (Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka)
• Assoc. Prof. Dr. Miszaina Osman (Universiti Tenaga Nasional)
• Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohamad Kamarol Mohd Jamil (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
• Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Taufiq Ishak (Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia)
• Assoc. Prof. ts. Dr. Muzamir Isa (Universiti Malaysia Perlis)
• Ir. Dr. Mohd Aizam Talib (TNB Research)
• Dr. Amir Izzani Mohamed (Universiti Malaysia Pahang)
• Dr. Mohd Hafizi Ahmad (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
• Dr. Norhafiz Azis (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
• Dr. Yanuar Zulardiansyah Arief (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak)
• Dr. Zulkarnain Ahmad Noorden (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
• Dr. Zuraimy Adzis (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)

After actively discussing the arrangement of the conference and the role of each committee member, Prof. Dr. Zulkurnain adjourned the meeting, and thanked the committee members for their active participation during the meeting. More details to come.

18th January 2019: Co-organising 2019 MyHVnet AGM

Friday, January 18th, 2019

By Dr. Nor Asiah Muhamad (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

MyHVnet 2019 AGM attendees

Malaysian High Voltage Network’s (MyHVnet) 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 18 January 2019 at the Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM). It was attended by about 40 high voltage experts from different universities and industries across Malaysia. The meeting was also co-organised by IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter members.

The AGM began with its 2017/2018 Chairman Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Zainal Abidin Ab. Kadir of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) delivering his opening speech. Prof. Zainal also extended his warm welcome to new members of MyHVnet. This was followed by the endorsement of the 2018 AGM minutes and 2018 treasurer’s report. Prior to the dissolution of the 2017/2018 committee, Prof. Zainal thanked all the 2017/2018 committee members and all MyHVnet members for their voluntary and co-operative effort to ensure the success of MyHVnet under his leadership.

Among the highlights concluded from the 2019 MyHVnet AGM were the coordination of the competence requirements of high voltage related personnels, the suggestions of industrial related activities and the planning of the International Conference on the Properties and Applications of Dielectric Materials (ICPADM) 2021.

15th January 2019: Demonstration of High Voltage Experiments to APU Staffs

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

By Dr. Hazlee Azil Illias (University of Malaya)

On 15th January 2019, five academic staffs from Asia Pacific University (APU) of Technology and Innovation, Kuala Lumpur, visited the University of Malaya High Voltage Laboratory (UMHVL) in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya.

During the visit, the Head of UMHVL and the Secretary of IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS) Malaysia Chapter, Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Hazlee Azil Illias, demonstrated high voltage experiments to the APU staffs in the lab. The experiments include electrical breakdown in an air gap under AC, DC and impulse voltages using different electrode shapes. The demonstration was held as part of the preparation for the lab session for APU undergraduate students.

23rd October 2018: Industrial Visit to Gurun HVDC Station

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

By Dr. Nor Asiah Muhamad (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

Visitors to HVDC Station, Gurun, Kedah

On 23 October 2018, an industrial visit was carried out by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and the IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter at HVDC Station, Gurun, Kedah. The industrial visit, led by Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohamad Kamarol Mohd Jamil and Ir. Dr. Nor Asiah Muhamad, was participated by 22 undergraduate and 1 PhD students of USM. The main objective of the visit was to expose the students to DC power system network and obtain a better understanding on the operation of each equipment involved.

9th November 2018: Discussion on Safety and Competency Requirement of High Voltage Lab with Energy Commission Malaysia

Monday, December 17th, 2018

By Dr. Mohamad Kamarol Mohd Jamil (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

Participants of the discussion with Energy Commission Malaysia

On 9 November2018, a discussion session about the safety precautions on using high voltage equipment was held by Malaysian High Voltage Network (MyHVnet) and IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter with the Energy Commission (EC), Malaysia, at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The conglomerates joining the discussion include staff from UPM, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia(UPNM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) and Tenaga Nasional Berhad Research Sdn. Bhd. (TNBR).

The discussion, carried out along with hands-on safety demonstrations by Prof. Ir.Dr. Mohd. Zainal Abidin Ab Kadir (Chairman of MyHVnet), is in line with Malaysian high voltage community’s awareness in addressing safety and the competency requirement issues related to high voltage laboratories in Malaysia. Through the discussion, it is hoped that MyHVnet, DEIS Malaysia and EC would continue to work closely and better communicate in issues relevant to high voltage laboratory safety and competency requirement in Malaysia.

3rd – 4th December 2018: Membership Drive Activity

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

By Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)

Dr. Lau at DEIS membership drive activity

In conjunction with the 2018 IEEE Power and Energy Conference held at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, on 3-4 December 2018, a DEIS membership drive activity was carried out to promote the DEIS membership to the conference attendees and to bring awareness to them on the presence of the IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter.

The IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter was established in Malaysia in May 2015 with the aims to enhance networking and stimulate research and development in the field of dielectrics and electrical insulation in Malaysia. Its field of interest is in line with that of DEIS, i.e., the study and application of dielectric phenomena and behavior and the development, characterization and application of all gaseous, liquid and solid electrical insulating materials and systems utilized in electrical and electronic equipment.

The IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter hopes to promote the close cooperation and exchange of technical information among its members. The IEEE DEIS members will have the opportunity of networking with a large number of experts worldwide, sharing the results of their research activities and remain informed with the latest developments in their field. For more information, please visit:

http://deis.ieeemy.org/ (IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter)
http://www.ieeedeis.org/ (IEEE DEIS)

13th August 2018: Dielectric Tutorial

Friday, September 14th, 2018

By Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)

Participants of Dielectric Tutorial

A Dielectric Tutorial was successfully organised by the IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter on 13th August 2018 at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The tutorial was officiated by the Vice Chair of the IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter, Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohamad Kamarol Mohd Jamil. The tutorial was delivered by Prof. Satoshi Matsumoto from the Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan, with the topic “Analysis of Over-shoot in Impulse Test and Evaluation of Waveform Parameters for Oscillating Impulse for High Voltage Test (and Detection of GHz Electromagnetic Waveforms Emitted from partial Discharge)”. The committee members of the DEIS Malaysia Chapter wish to express their sincere thanks to Prof. Satoshi Matsumoto for his willingness to share his expertise in the field of impulse testing with the Malaysian community.