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Vibration Research & Testing Centre 




The Vibration Research & Testing Centre (VRTC) is one in 4 in the world and is state of the art in solving wind induced vibration problems. The VRTC was launched in December 2000 by UKZN in collaboration with Eskom and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Technology Human Resources and Industry Programme (THRIP), as well as Eskom's Tertiary Education Support Programme (TESP). 

A R6.8 million investment resulted in a world-class facility which consists of a 95-metre long temperature regulated laboratory. The laboratory is one of only four in the world and it is the only facility of its kind in the Southern hemisphere.

The VRTC provides the basis for the performance of high-level applied research that addresses the key issues relating to the operation of overhead transmission & distribution lines (conductors, clamps and other equipment). It is an ideal facility to carry out strategic research on mathematical & experimental modeling of overhead transmission & distribution lines relating to wind induced Aeolian vibrations.

The overall vision of this portfolio is that the investigations into the vibration damper testing on the overhead transmission lines, will contribute to the improved distribution of electricity, in terms of optimised costs in structure life-span, reliability and safety.

Achievements:

  • UKZN PhD Engineering student Mr Daniel Kubelwa received the Best Student Paper Award at the World Congress of Engineering’s (WCE) 2016 International Conference of Applied and Engineering Mathematics in London.

    The Conference was organised by the International Association of Engineers (IAENG) - a non-profit international association for engineers and computer scientists.The three-day paper presentation held at the Imperial College’s South Kensington campus, attracted 385 participants from about 50 countries.
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