December 2020 Vol. 1

Cable News Alerts (CNA)- The Leading Source of Industry News on Power Cables and Cable Insulation

NEWSMAKERS: * Ampacet * Brugg Cable * CIGRE * ExcelPlas * Hellenic Cables * LOC Korea * LS Cable * Nexans * NKT * Prysmian * XLPE


Prysmian Group Files Legal Proceedings for Patent Infringements

NKT Is Preferred Turnkey Supplier For High-Voltage Offshore Wind Farm Project

Hellenic Cables Solidifies its Position in the UK market with New Turnkey Contract for HV Land Cables

LS Cable & System Enters into 5-year Agreement with Global Offshore wind leader Orsted to supply high voltage export cables for offshore wind farms

LOC Korea Wins Another Subsea Cable Contract On Major Solar Project

CIGRE Working Groups Approved in 2020 – CALL FOR EXPERTS–call-for-experts

State-of-the-Art Polymer Laboratory for Testing and Analysis of Cable Insulation and Sheathing for Global Applications


New Technology for Fault Detection in XLPE Power Cables

Investigation on Electrical Treeing Behaviour at Needle Defects in Cable Insulation Under AC voltage

Advanced Characterization Techniques Based on Luminescence in XLPE and Modified XLPE


Development of a Liquid Silicone Rubber for the Application in HVDC Cable Accessories


NKT Patents Method in the Manufacturing of an Insulated Electric High Voltage DC Termination or Joint,855,063


Ampacet Offers Halogen-Free Flame Retardant Masterbatches for Wire and Cable

Additive Concentrates for Laser Marking Wire Jackets and Cable Insulation

ETHANOX™ 330 Antioxidant for Wires & Cables


Partial Discharges of Artificial Defects in Cable Joints Under High DC Voltage

Investigation on Dielectric Losses and Electric Field Distribution inside PVC Nanocomposites Insulation of Power Cables

Effect of Crosslinking Temperature on Charge Transport Behaviour in Crosslinked Polyethylene (XLPE)

Influence of Charge Emission Behaviour of Semi-Conductive Shielding Layer on Charge Accumulation Properties of Insulation Layer for HVDC cables

Graphene Enhanced Electrical Properties of Polyethylene Blends for High-Voltage Insulation


Polymers in Cables (June 2021, Virtual Summit)


Seeking Polymer Engineer to Development Wire and Cable Insulation


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This Newsletter is brought to you by the Australian Cable Material Testing Laboratory (NATA Certified)

ExcelPlas Cable Insulation Testing Laboratory Capabilities:
-DSC Thermal Analysis to identify melting point, Glass transition (Tg) and Thermal Stability (OIT)
-FTIR Infra-red Analysis for compositional analysis of polymers and additives
-TGA Thermogravimetric Analysis for weight loss with loss of additives, oils, polymer decomposition, filler levels
-X-Ray Analysis (EDS/XRD) to identify the crystalline phase and composition of inorganic additives
-Carbon Black Content (ASTM D1603, AS/NZS 2904 Clause 7.4.5 which uses AS 1463 Appendix B)
-Carbon Black Dispersion
-Oxidative Induction Time (OIT)
-Melt Flow Index (MFR)
-Stress Cracking Resistance Testing (ESCR testing)
-Failure Analysis (processing, water treeing, contamination ID, etc)

Examples of Polymer Materials Excelplas Can Test:
XLPE and HDPE Cable Insulation Testing (QA, QC, incoming raw materials)
* PVC (V-90) (Soft (plasticised) Polyvinyl Chloride compound)
* XLPE (X-90, X-HF-110) (Crosslinked Polyethylene)
* Rubber (R-EP-90, R-HF-90, R-HF-110) (Ethylene Propylene Rubber).

ExcelPlas Undertakes the Following Cable Testing as per AS/NZS 5000 and AS/NZS 3808:
* Measurement of thickness of insulation and sheath (sample test)
* Tensile strength and elongation of insulation and sheath material – before ageing (type test)
* Tensile strength and elongation of insulation and sheath material – after ageing (type test)
* Loss of mass of insulation and sheath (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Pressure test at high temperature of insulation and sheath (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Heat shock (thermoplastic materials only) (sample test)
* Hot set test (cross linked materials only) (type test)
* Exudation of plasticizer (thermoplastic materials only) (type test)
* Compatibility test of cables materials (type test)

Other Cable and Insulation Testing Offered by ExcelPlas NATA Labs:
• Shore A/D Hardness
• Density Determination
• Accelerated Weathering testing
• Charpy and Izod Tensile Tester
• Laboratory press for preparing samples
• Plasticizer extraction analysis apparatus
• Loss in Mass (volatility) analysis
• Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) Analysis of Cables
• Wire Insulation Abrasion
• Testing Composition of Low Smoke Zero Halogen Cables
• Testing of %Crosslinking of XLPE Cables
• Testing of Tree Retardant XLPE Cables
• Identification of Contamination/Foreign Matter
• Determination of % Carbon Black in Cable Sheathing
• Determination of Filler Content/Composition in Cable Insulation
• Limiting Oxygen Index of Flame Retardant Cables
• Plasticizer Level and Content of PVC Insulated Cables
• Compliance Testing of Important Cable to Ensure it is Compliant with Australian Standards

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