July 2018 Vol. 3

All the Latest Industry News on Electrical Cables


Breaking News – Prysmian Resigns Chairman
https://subseaworldnews.com/2018/07/27/prysmian-chairman-resigns/

Breaking News – Nexans Appoints New Chief Executive Officer
https://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/nexans-appoints-christopher-gurin-as-chief-executive-officer-20180704-00036

Nexans Wins Major Cable Contract for Oman’s Plastic Industry Project
http://tradearabia.com/news/CONS_343239.html

Cabling leader AEI Cables is taking fire performance to new levels with its Total Fire Solutions range of products for the built environment
http://www.cabletechnologynews.co.uk/aei-cables-launches-total-fire-solutions/

Nexans Post First Half 2018 Results
https://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/nexans–first-half-2018-results-20180726-00061

Judge Rules Vattenfall can use UK Power Cable Subsidiaries as Anchor Defendants
https://globalcompetitionreview.com/article/1171322/vattenfall-can-use-uk-power-cable-subsidiaries-as-anchor-defendants

Nexans Olex Represented at APAC Innovation Fair by Senior Cable Design Engineer, Mark Maffei
http://www.olex.com.au/eservice/Australia-en_AU/navigatepub_228625_-36556/Nexans_first_APAC_Innovation_Fair.html

SA Power Publishes Technical Standard for Underground Distribution Cable Networks
https://www.sapowernetworks.com.au/public/download.jsp?id=551

NSW Transport – Fibre breakout for 33 kV 1C XLPE insulated cables 240mm2 to 630mm2
https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/industry/asset-standards-authority/find-a-standard/fibre-breakout-for-33-kv-1c-xlpe-insulated

Australian Energy XLPE cable at a cost of $35.7 million
https://www.aer.gov.au/system/files/Ausgrid%20-%20Attachment%202.01%20-%20Extended%20Stakeholder%20Consultation%20Report%20-%20June%202018%20-%20PUBLIC.compressed.pdf

Energex Publishes Approved Products List
https://swp.energex.com.au/upload/technical_documents/20180706_075536_97427.xls

OFFSHORE POWER CABLE ENGINEERING AND RELIABILITY FORUM (27th – 28th February 2019)
Rethinking Cable Operating Practices, Reducing Cost and Increasing Efficiency & Performance
https://www.bisgrp.com/portfolio/conferences/subsea-offshore/5th-annual-offshore-power-cable-engineering-and-reliability-forum

Research on Aging Parameters of XLPE Cable Based on Isothermal Relaxation Current
https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.5027686


Melbourne Laboratory Analysis of Low Smoke Halogen-Free (LSHF) Cable Materials 
http://www.excelplas.com/

Testing of Cross-linked Polyethylene (XLPE) as specified in AS3808
http://www.excelplas.com/

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)
http://excelplas.com/

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

Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
To subscribe, visit http://www.cablenewsaustralia.com.au/subscribe/

Cable News (c) 2018
www.cablenewsaustralia.com.au