The Mississippi State University High Voltage Laboratory serves as an independent, non-industrial, university center for high voltage engineering. The mission of the Laboratory includes the following: research, evaluation/testing and education activities.

The specific objectives of this program are to provide:

The principal objective of this multi-purpose, high voltage facility is to provide a broader effort designed to meet the research and evaluation/testing needs of industry and utilities, and the necessary environment for a basic academic program associated with high voltage engineering. Viewed as an integral part of our national high voltage technology structure, the High Voltage Center serves as a means of strengthening the U.S. position in this specialized, technical area.

The High Voltage Laboratory, constructed as part of the Simrall Electrical Engineering Building, was occupied in 1977. The main laboratory hall has a floor area of 33.5x24.5 m and a minimum ceiling height of 15.2 m. This is the largest high voltage laboratory among North American universities.

This unique laboratory is comparable in size to many industrial facilities and is equipped with the following energy sources:

The impulse equipment consists of a 3000 kV, 56 kJ impulse generator, conventional voltage impulse dividers, impulse oscilloscopes and digital oscilloscope/waveform analyzer.

The 60 Hz equipment consists of a 1000 kV, 1000 kVA conventional transformer, voltage deviders, as well as 100kV, 150kV, and 250 kV transformer test sets and a power follow transformer with maximum short circuit capability of 10 MVA.

The direct voltage supply consists of a 1050 kV, 7 kW dc test set.

Other auxiliary equipment includes: a radio interference voltage (RIV) measuring system, modern nightscope, partial discharge measurement system, wet test facilities and a computer system for data analysis and storage.

The related programs of the High Voltage Laboratory have access to the diverse resources available on campus. Examples of expertise available within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering include digital computation and instrumentation, electromagnetics, computer visualization and power systems analysis. Resources are also available from the other engineering departments, the Chemistry Department, the Electron Microscope Laboratory, the MSU/NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) in Computational Field Simulation, and the Diagnostic and Instrumentation Analysis Laboratory(DIAL).

Mississippi State University is located in Starkville, Mississippi. Major highways cut through the peaceful, green pastures and tall timbers of the region. They are: U.S. Alternate 45, U.S. 82 and MS 25. The Natchez Trace Parkway, within close proximity, and I-55 are west of Starkville.

Mississippi State University is also accessible by air through Columbus/Starkville/West Point, MS airport (Golden Triangle Regional-GTR) served by Northwest Air Link out of Memphis, TN, Delta Airlines out of Atlanta, GA or Dallas, TX. GTR Airport is 10 miles east of Starkville, MS.

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