A research team at the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) and the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Qatar University (QU) has created and tested coatings for insulators used in electrical transmission lines as part of the university’s research objective.
The research team concentrates on enhancing long-term performance and creating environmentally friendly coatings for high-voltage insulation systems used in Qatar and the Gulf area to transmit electric power. Texas A&M University-Qatar and the University of Waterloo in Canada worked together on the project, which was supported by the Qatar National Research Fund. In addition, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa), the Gulf region’s biggest business, and the project’s industrial partner CSL-Canada, one of the world’s top producers of this type of coating, are involved. The testing is done in accordance with industry standards, and QU currently has a testing unit to assess the performance of the coating (erosion and tracking) behaviour of the newly developed coatings.