Internship – Experimental characterization of a cold-plasma switch and finite-element modelling

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SuperGrid Institute brings together 180 employees, of 28 different nationalities who work together within a dynamic environment in the city of Lyon. As an independent research and innovation centre, we are dedicated to developing technologies for the future power transmission system, the “supergrid”, including HVDC & MVDC technologies.

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General Context

The research topic here carried is dedicated to High-Voltage Substation Equipment, where “environmental-friendly” gases based on low pressure technologies for future high-voltage switchgears are of main interest.

Objectives / Missions

Within the switchgear team you will participate to the definition of technologies for next decade high-voltage Grid’s equipments.

The project is focused on high-speed high voltage switchgears, for which cold plasma are controlled through several magnetic and electric layout. More specifically, we are researching technologies that raise the current density in ionized media. The work to be performed could be split as follow with an experimental test using cylindrical plasma switch prototype and finite-element modelling to upgrade the prototype :

  • Initiation on the prototypes configurations and characterization tools.
  • Finite-element modelling (magnetostatic, electrostatic) of the experimental observations and new design
  • Technical synthesis writing, oral presentations
  • Improvement and modification proposal within the project team

Candidate Profile

Autonomous, reliable, rigorous, you are defined by your desire to learn from the experience.

Master or Engineering school student, knowledge in vacuum, plasma physics would be an advantage.

Other information

Applications should be sent to the following address:

Start date: July – September 2022 Ref. Budget: 20.01.02
Place of work: Villeurbanne, France Duration: 6 months
Qualifications required for the position (e.g. electrical qualification H0B0): Planned at the internship begin

SuperGrid Institute is an equal opportunities employer. We respect and value the diversity of our employees, their backgrounds and their professional experience. We believe in equality and take affirmative action to ensure that discrimination has no place in our recruitment process nor our company.

Job Features

Contract TypeIntership
Duration6 mois
Start DateJuly - September 2022
Qualification requiredEngineering school student

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