Tools development: Manufacturing lightweight composite insulators
Award Summary: Causes of electromagnetic noise in a wide range of frequencies, including the radio-frequency (RF) range used for Wi-Fi, cellphone, internet, radio and TV transmission. RF-disruption near power lines is currently a nuisance in many urban areas. Smart grids for more efficient energy usage, as well as roadway signalling and other city planning for the future rely on increasing rates of critical information transmission in the RF-range, which would make RF-disruption a candidate for serious public safety problems. This project developed tools to quantify and improve the energy advantage in the life cycle of such insulators, compared to porcelain insulators.