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Student Profile: Yogiraj Kachhela

November 08, 2019
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I am a MASc student working on developing a corrosion protection system in collaboration with BC Hydro and PowerTech Labs as part of my graduate studies.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

Before starting my graduate degree here at SFU, I studied Materials Engineering at the University of British Columbia. I wanted to apply and built on the knowledge that I gained as an undergraduate student to a wide variety of issues, industries, and projects. The research project here at SFU is novel, challenging and impactful. 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

Materials usually experience interaction with diverse environments. Corrosion is a result of the destructive attack on metals due to its interaction with the environment. Environmental factors such as pH, humidity, temperature, chloride content and exposure to electrolytes play a major role in the rate at which the material corrodes. Corrosion is a well-known problem that contributes to 3.5-5% of an industrialized country’s gross internal product (GIP) on its prevention and maintenance/replacement of the infrastructure. More productive, adaptable and automated solutions are not only beneficial for reducing cost but also for increasing the productivity of natural resources. I work on developing one such novel corrosion protection system which can be integrated with a smart-grid infrastructure.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

My research is in the field which is very well established for decades. This makes it more challenging as industry standards and practices are well defined, regulated and controlled. This makes my research process more enjoyable. Specifically, the collaborative research project with an industry partner helps me learn more.

Contact Yogiraj: yogiraj_k@sfu.ca