December 2020 Vol. 2

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

NEWSMAKERS: * CCA * ExcelPlas  * LS Cable * Nexans * NKT * Ore Catapult * Prysmian * XLPE


Nexans Lands Six Australian Solar Cable Contracts

LS Cable Secures US211Mill Wando-Jeju Submarine Cable Deal

NKT Signs Lithuania-Sweden Cable Service Agreement

All Saint-Brieuc Inter-Array Prysmian Cables to Be Buried

Nexans Starts Seagreen Onshore Wiring Work

LS Cable & System Expands Footprint to Solar Power Business

Nexans Joins RE100


Avoiding Subsea Cable Failures

My Message for Cables 2020: “Ensure Cables have Gold-Plated Reliability Before They Hit the Water”

Ageing Assessment of XLPE Cable Insulation by Residual Antioxidant Content

Polypropylene (PP) Blended with Polyolefin Elastomer (POE) Considered as a Potential Choice to Replace Cross-Linked Polyethylene (XLPE) as HVDC 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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