Native of Huai'an wins highest British engineering honor
2017-12-27 17:41:00

Zhu Wenqian of Huai’an’s Xuyi county became the first Chinese to receive the UK’s Williams Award, Jiangsu media reported Wednesday.

Zhu graduated from Xuyi Middle School in 2001 and studied at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has a master’s degree of communications engineering and a Ph.D in electromagnetic sensing technology from the University of Manchester. He received the Williams Award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in 2015. Recently, he became a Chartered Engineer, the highest engineering honor in the UK.

Zhu and his team spent four years successfully developing the Electromagnetic sensor for on-line inspection of steel microstructure. This is the only system in the world that can conduct on-line inspection of steel phase change. The system has been tested at the plant of Tata Steel in the Netherlands. Steel manufacturers in Russia, Brazil, India and China are also very interested in this technology.

Zhu said previous technology can only predict the phase transformation of steel in the cooling process by monitoring the temperature, which is easily disturbed by external factors and is less precise. The use of electromagnetic sensing technology can directly measure the content of ferrite, which is more accurate and can greatly reduce the defective rate in steel production.

Zhu served as president of the Chinese Students & Scholars Association of the University of Manchester and vice president of the Chinese Students & Scholars Association in the UK. It is this experience that gives him deeper contact with British society. Zhu hopes students who wish to study abroad will be able to interact with local society and share the Chinese perspective with the world.

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