July 2018 Vol. 2

All the Latest Industry News on Electrical Cables

LS C&S to supply electrical cables to Western Australia (Breaking News)

Superconducting Cable Sets Records for Power Transmission (Breaking News)


World’s biggest cablemakers Prysmian , Nexans and eight other cable companies lost their challenge against a 302 million euros EU cartel fine

High Court takes Jurisdiction over High-voltage Power Cable Cartel Damages Claim (Breaking News)

Underwater Cable Market has Nexans Expanding

Scientific Cable Breakthrough Powers Subsea Oil And Gas Production And Keeps Electricity Flowing

Proven Technology for Improving Subsea Cable Insulation without Costly Intervention

Progress in Eco-friendly High Voltage Cable Insulation Materials

ACCC v v Prysmian Cavi E Sistemi S.R.L. (No 12) [2016] FCA 822 re: Cartel conduct
Cartel Conduct Definition: https://www.australiancompetitionlaw.org/law/cartels.html
Current Cases: https://www.australiancompetitionlaw.org/casescurrent.html

“Cartel conduct will always be a priority for the ACCC and we seek to take enforcement action in relation to all cartels that harm Australian consumers and businesses.”

Discoloration of XLPE Insulation in High Voltage Power Cables: A Diagnostic Case Study

Laboratory Results from Dielectric Spectroscopy of Field Aged XLPE Cables with Respect to Water Trees

Uphill Diffusion of Antioxidant in Cross-Linked Polyethylene Cable Insulation

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Melbourne Laboratory Analysis of Low Smoke Halogen-Free (LSHF) Cable Materials 

Testing of Cross-linked Polyethylene (XLPE) as specified in AS3808

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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