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Rao Fangquan

Rao Fangquan

Electrical Machinery and Appliances



Professor Rao Fangquan, born in Shantou, Guangdong Province in 1934, is a specialist in electrical machine. Graduated from the Department of Electrical Machine, Harbin University of Technology in 1958, he was assigned to work at the Harbin Institute of Electrical Machine and at the design department of the Haerbin Electrical Machine Factory later. From 1966 to 1978, he worked at the design department of the Deyang Orient Electrical Machine Factory. In 1985 he was elected Specialist with Outstanding Contributions to the Nation. Now he works as professor at the School of Electricity, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 1995 he was elected academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Working for a long time at the design of hydraulic generators and technological management, he either took part in or was responsible for the designing work of many large hydropower stations such as the hydropower stations of Yunfeng, Liujiaxia, Longzhui, Danjiangkou Longyangxia. In addition, he was the head designer for the five sets of 50MW hydraulic generators and four sets of 125MW hydraulic generators that were exported for the first time to Albania, Europe, and a number of whose key technological problems were solved. Among the generators he worked at or designed, the one of Yunfeng was awarded a National Silver Prize, the one of Longyangxia a National Gold Prize for Excellent Product, the Scientific and Technological Progress Prize(special class) of Sichuan Province and the National Scientific and Technological Progress Prize(1st class).

From 1978 to 1994, his principal work was technological management of factory, holding the posts of head of the Designing Department, chief designer, chief engineer and executive deputy director of the Orient Electrical Machine Factory at Deyang, Sichuan Province respectively. During that period of time, he supervised the development of a new cooling hydraulic generator of the Orient 300MW turbo-generator and made contributions in opening up the international market for generator equipments made at home.

The development of an evaporative cooling 10MW hydraulic generator by Chlorofluorocarbons under his supervision is now at the leading level in the world. He was awarded National Scientific and Technological Progress Prize (2nd class) for the development of a 300MW Hydrogen-cooling turbo-generator. He has made great efforts on planning the development and research work of the large generator sets for the Three Gorges, Wuqiangxi and Ertan hydropower stations, etc, hence contributing partly to the decision on the construction of the Three Gorges Project. He enjoys a high reputation for his great learning and wide range of knowledge.

Research field

the cooling technology for large-scale dynamo; large-scale dynamo theory, design and function