May 2021 Vol. 1

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

NEWSMAKERS: * Buss Corp. * CNA * ExcelPlas  * LS Cable * Nexans * NKT * Prysmian * Remee * XLPE


Prysmian Group to Launch ECO CABLE the First Certifiable Green Product Label in the Cable Industry for the Energy Transition

Nexans Successfully Achieves Electrical Type Test for 525 kV DC GIS Cable Sealing End

Remee Introduces New Line of Renewable Energy Cables for Solar and Wind Farms

Demand for Halogen-Free Flame Retardants Drives Cable Innovation

New Silane Cross-Linkable Cable Compounds

Australia’s Specialized Cable Testing Laboratory – NATA Accredited
Chemical / Physical / Durability / Mechanical Testing of Cable Products


Research on the Correlation between the Moisture Content and Insulation Performance of XLPE Cables

Life Modelling Analysis of Silane Crosslinked Polyethylene Cables

Crosslinkable Polyethylene Based Blends and Nanocomposites for XLPE Cable Applications

Research on Aging and Burning Performance of AC 380V ZR-YJV PE-PVC Cable Insulation Sheath

High‐Temperature Creep Resistant Blends Based on Polyethylene and Polypropylene for Thermoplastic Power Cable Insulation

Examining Impact of Vapour-Induced Crosslinking Duration on Dynamic Mechanical and Static Mechanical Characteristics of Silane-water Crosslinked Polyethylene Compound

Water Tree Propagation in a Wide Temperature Range: Insight into the Role of Mechanical Behaviour of Crosslinked Polyethylene (XLPE) Material

DC Insulation Performance of Crosslinked Polyethylene for HVDC Cables

Fatigue Characterization of Polyethylene Under Mixed Mode I/III Conditions

Internal Temperature Measurement and Conductor Temperature Calculation of XLPE Power Cable Based on Optical Fiber at Different Radial Positions!


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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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