Employees of the Research & Development Unit of the Electrotechnical Research and Projecting Company, j.s.c., Nová Dubnica Have Also Became the Scientific and Technical Team of 2016
Team of employees from the R&D unit of the Electrotechnical Research and Projecting Company, j.s.c. Nová Dubnica under the leadership of Ing. Marek Frank, PhD., have received the Award for Science and Technology 2016 in the category Scientific and Technical Team of 2016. The team has been rewarded for the research, development and implementation of traction equipment for two-system electrical locomotive, meeting the latest technical and economic requirements.
The awarding of these awards is the culmination of the Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia. The event aims to recognise the work of scientists and researchers for their achievements and contribution in the field of science, technology and innovation. Nominees for each category have received the award from the hands of the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic Peter Plavčan at the gala evening on 10 November 2016.
Team of employees from the R&D unit of the Electrotechnical Research and Projecting Company, j.s.c., were recommended for the Award by the Association of Research and Development Industrial Organisations. The team from Nová Dubnica works on the development of traction equipment for electric, two-system locomotives, where they use their experience from already implemented designs of traction equipment of several vehicles and applied the latest knowledge and progressive materials for application on traction vehicle. They are experts in the following areas: Electrical Engineering, Automation and Control Systems (Electric Traction; Electric Drives; Electrical Machines and Devices; Power Electronics); Mechanical Engineering (Motor Vehicles, Rail Vehicles, Boats and Aircrafts); Mechatronics; Machine Parts and Mechanisms; Applied Mechanics.
The team is made up of experienced workers as well as young researchers, who are characterised in particular by the results achieved, comparable to the ‘advanced abroad’ which will enable the preparation of a pair of patent applications. “The news about winning the Award for the Science and Technical Team of 2016 pleasantly surprised us. It will be a moral appreciation of our work that we will be able to showcase, for example, in our families, which often live with our work” said the leader of the team Ing. Marek Franko, PhD.
The Electrotechnical Research and Projecting Company, j.s.c. has worked on research and development of equipment for traction rail vehicles for more than 20 years. “All the tasks that preceded the realisation of the new traction equipment for the electric two-system locomotive that we have received the Award for, have shifted us over the quality bar, e.g. performance, dimensioning, control diagnostics, etc.” The leader of the award-winning team also said that the proposed traction equipment for the electric two-system locomotive was also realised on the basis of the experience gained from previous projects, using the latest materials (e.g. nanomaterials, semiconductors with a voltage of 6,5 kV and others).
Not only the peak, but also the shift
They have been able to reach the notional peak of what they are working on, which is not only competitive, but also shifts developments in its fields, such as heavy-duty engineering and the construction of traction components, to a new level. Ing. Marek Franko, PhD. explains, “this traction equipment consists of a traction transducer with liquid cooling, set of a traction vehicle transformer, choking coils, and cooling tower. These components enable qualitative improvement of the power and safety parameters of the designed rail vehicles. They are also complemented by remote monitoring and diagnostics, and enable the recuperation of electrical energy into the traction network, which improves the energy efficiency of train travel“. According to him, a rail vehicle equipped with the newly developed equipment will meet the latest safety and technical requirements and standards for rail traffic in the EU countries.
He emphasised that not only the team, but almost every member of the team must understand many areas, as there is an important penetration of specialisations such as power electronics, electric traction, electric machines and devices, electric drives and rail mechanics, so that the resulting equipment can be designed and implemented to meet the defined purpose. “From certain perspective, every job is demanding and important. We still have to think about safety, our work and subsequently the safety of future users as we work with an electrical voltage with nominal value from 2,000 to 25,000 V AC. Nonetheless, since the designed components are to be used for rail vehicles, they must also meet strict safety requirements and standards.”
The choice of people is key
This is the reason why the selection of employees in this team was decisive. As stated by Ing. Marek Franko, PhD., key personnel have to understand several areas in order to implement complex equipment such as a traction transducer or traction vehicle transformer. “The qualities of members are different, but I would highlight the ability to adapt and responsible approach to the project’s problems.”
Electrotechnical Research and Projecting Company, j.s.c., is a private organisation, which deals with industrial research and development. They present their results not only to the scientific public at conferences or working meetings, but also to the general public at exhibitions. “We also try to reach out to young people from secondary schools during excursions, as well as university students during lectures, as Electrotechnical Research and Projecting Company is a non-university institution conducting postgraduate studies in cooperation with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Žilina. Apart from the University of Žilina, we also work actively with other universities or Slovak Academy of Sciences.”
Ing. Marek Franko, PhD. very much appreciates the activities of event organisers such as the Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia or the Night of Researchers, which significantly popularise the Slovak science. “Different and excellent form of popularisation is one based on the achievements of science and research. The fact that organisers included our team amongst the awardees, hence appreciated and highlighted the results of our work created in Slovakia, gives us impulse and motivation to further progress. Accordingly, we are grateful and thank the organisers.”
The Award for Science and Technology has been awarded since 2014, replacing the Award of the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. The objective of this transformation is to increase the social prestige of the awards for science and technology.
Please visit the event's website Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia (only Slovak version) to find the list of all awarded in the individual categories, or see the e-newspapers Scientific kaleidoscope.
The main organiser of the Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia is the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic in cooperation with the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information and the National Centre for the Popularisation of Science and Technology in Society. The general partner of the event is Huawei.
Edited by: Slávka Habrmanová, NCP S&T within the SCSTI
Photo: Ján Laštinec, NCP S&T within the SCSTI
Published by: ZVČ
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13. Nov. 2016