The advanced modeling tools and innovative equipment developed by Jinliang He is making drastic improvements in protecting high-voltage power transmission lines from the effects of lightning strikes. Using electromagnetic field theory, He developed lightning shielding failure analysis methods for extra- and ultra-high-voltage transmission lines that are more accurate than conventional electrogeometric analysis. Tackling the difficult subject of upward lightning leaders originating from the transmission lines, He’s models more accurately simulate the real process of a lightning strike, enabling optimal design of overhead power lines to reduce lightning shielding failure events. He also pioneered polymeric surge arrestors that are smaller, lighter, and safer to better suppress overvoltage due to lightning strikes and to effectively reduce the cost of constructing ultra-high-voltage systems.
An IEEE Fellow, He is the Chang Jiang Scholars Distinguished Professor of China’s Ministry of Education with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.