By Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)

Norhafezaidi (left) receiving his plaque and certificate from Ir. Dr. Lau, Chair of DEIS Malaysia Chapter

JOHOR BAHRU, 3 June 2018 – The IEEE DEIS Malaysia Chapter offered its sponsorship to the 2018 Electrical Engineering Student Symposium (EESS) held at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, on 14-15 May 2018. The symposium was organised to showcase all final year projects from the tracks of Power Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering and Communication Engineering by the faculty’s final year students.

Among many awards presented to successful students during the award ceremony on 27 May 2018, the DEIS Malaysia Chapter presented the 2018 Student Award in High Voltage Engineering to Norhafezaidi Mat Saman with his final year project entitled “Performance Study of Non-Thermal Plasma Chamber to Remove NOx from Diesel Engine Vehicle”, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Zolkafle Buntat. The project utilised the high voltage concept, or more specifically, the dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) technique, to generate non-thermal plasma (NTP) in an attempt to remove harmful NOx gases released from incomplete diesel engine combustion. Through the project, a simulation study on the geometric properties of an NTP chamber, an exhaust chamber with the capability to remove the emission of NOx species, was conducted in an attempt to obtain an effective NTP chamber. A prototype of the NTP chamber was then successfully fabricated to verify the simulation results based on the actual experiment setup, by taking into account the percentage of NOx reduction.

The DEIS Malaysia Chapter congratulates Norhafezaidi on his excellent achievement through his final year project. The DEIS Malaysia Chapter wishes him the best in his future undertakings and hopes that he will continue to contribute in the field of high voltage engineering.