•  To conduct research in the area of dielectric materials at different physical states.
  • Specifically, in order to enhance the understanding of dielectric phenomena, the electronic conduction and swarm, partial discharges and breakdown are studied in high-vacuum (10-8 torr), gaseous, liquid, solid and nano-dielectrics.

Huseyin Hiziroglu, Professor of Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kettering University   (810) 762-7962


Ongoing Funded Research

Project Title: Dielectric Characterization of Enamel-Insulated Copper Conductor
Funding Institution: General Motors Corporation, Global Research and Development Center
Project Budget: $72,500
Principal Investigator: Dr. Huseyin R. Hiziroglu
Graduate Assistant:  Daniel T. Taylor
Mr. Daniel T. Taylor, Graduate Assistant, is preparing the experimental setup for
dielectric characterization of enamel-insulated copper conductors.

Other Ongoing Research

Project Title: Investigation of Aging in Solid, Nanodielectrics Based on Kinetic Nature of Solids

Project Title: Study of Parameters of Electronic Conduction in Gas Mixtures

Dr. Huseyin R. Hiziroglu, Professor of Electrical Engineering, is preparing the experimental setup for evaluating the swarm parameters in gaseous dielectrics.



The laboratory is equipped with components capable of performing standard as well as non-standard insulation tests for high-voltage equipment, such as, switchgear, transformers, insulators, cables, etc. up to a test voltage of 250 kV with alternating voltages (ac), direct voltages (dc) or impulse voltages of various wave-shapes.

AC test transformer: rated voltage: 100 kV (rms), rated current: 50 mA (rms). (Two-stage cascaded AC transformers provide 200 kV (rms))



  • To facilitate the students to design, construct and test different types of high-voltage generators and circuits.
  • To give the students hands-on experience by observing partial discharges and breakdowns in gaseous, liquid and solid insulating materials.
  • To enhance student motivation, encourage student discussion and promote more complete understanding of different types of high voltage circuits.

The high-voltage circuit students designed and constructed.