Université du Québec à Chicoutimi




Atmospheric Ice:
A Hot Topic


Icing research at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) is heating up.

The January 1998 ice storm that paralyzed most of southeastern Ontario and western Quebec left hundreds of thousands of people without power, and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Inspired by that experience, researchers at UQAC are designing outdoor insulators and new methods for de-icing and preventing ice from forming on the electrical power grid. They have also created elaborate 3D models to help design network equipment that will withstand future storms.

Led by Professor Masoud Farzaneh, the researchers have established an international network of more than 30 professors in Canada and abroad. The Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region has attracted and retained renowned researchers from more than 20 countries. More than 100 graduate and post-graduate students are being trained in this growing field, and many already serve in industry, research centres, and universities across Canada.


Major Funding Partners

NSERC, Hydro-Québec, Fondation de

l'Université du Québec à Chicoutimi,

Alcan, Hydro One, Centre québécois

de recherche et de développement

de I'aluminium, Electro Composites,

Phillips-Fitel, CFI