By Dr. Lau Kwan Yiew (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
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.