Discipline: Technology and Engineering
Subcategory: Electrical Engineering
Kasandra Price - Howard University
My international research site was Sibiu, Romania. In Sibiu I worked at a company called, “Energotehnica” with my mentor Cristina Stanescu. My research objective was power grids specifically focusing on the topic of step-down transformers also known as power distribution stations. The purpose of this research was to learn the process of these vital power grids that supply power to our cities, towns and neighborhoods and the important functions the step-down transformers have in that process. I developed my hypothesis while doing this research stating that, if power grids become larger they can generate power to larger areas and the stronger the step-down transformer has to be to reduce the energy. The main method I used to prove my hypothesis was a visual and student-teaching method where my mentor Cristina Stanescu, explained to me in great detail each section of the outlines and blue prints of transformers and protection panels. I also went into the lab to get a visual and hands on experience with protection panels. In my research I learned that in Romania the power grid uses 400kV or 750kV for power/energy distributed long distances and 110kV for shorter distances. Whereas the U.S. uses a different amount of kilo-voltage for longer and shorter distances. In conclusion, my research proves my hypothesis correct because it takes more power/energy and bigger plants to power bigger areas. In the future I am curious to know the cost of constructing power grids in different countries.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): This study was supported, in part, by a grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to Lorraine Fleming, Wayne Patterson, and Mohamed Chouikha, Principal and Co-Principal Investigators of the Global Education, Awareness and Research Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP), Howard University, Washington, DC. This study was also supported by the international faculty advisors, mentors and partnering university: The Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Silvia Florea, Alina Viorel, Cristina Stanescu, Energotehnica and Indisoft. Last but not least, this study was supported by GEAR UP office personnel: Wayne Patterson, Lessely-Ann Gumbs and Teneisha McIntryre.
Faculty Advisor: Wayne Patterson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Role: I took part in every aspect of my assigned research assignment.