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Overview

I am currently working as a Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester.

I joined the university in 2015 as a PhD Student working under Prof Simon Rowland in the study of polymer degradation under high voltages, in particular looking at electrical treeing. Here I studied alternative experimental designs and chemical analysis techniques which could be applied to further understand the breakdown mechanisms affecting high voltage power cables.

In 2019 I took a role as a Research Associate, joining an EPSRC project in association with Imperial College London and the University of Strathclyde studying DC cables and the impact of power quality upon their health. In this project my work focused upon the impact of noise generated in power electronic converters and their impact upon asset insulation as well as the wider concerns faced by cables in DC systems.

I can be contacted by email at: harry.mcdonald@manchester.ac.uk

Qualifications

PhD - 2020 - The University of Manchester

MPhys - 2014 - Physics - University of St Andrews

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy

Keywords

  • Electrical Treeing
  • Polymers
  • Dielectrics
  • High Voltage Insulation
  • FEA
  • Chemical Degradation

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