September 2020 Vol. 1

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

NEWSMAKERS: * Borealis  *  Borlink™   * ExcelPlas   * Nexans  * NKT  * Prysmian *  Sumitomo Electric  * XLPE


Nexans Korea to Provide Cables for Petrochemical Project in Europe (Breaking News)

Nexans Awarded an 11 Million Euro Contract to Reinforce Beijing’s Intra-City High Voltage Underground Power Cables (Breaking News)

Sumitomo Electric Completes Type Approval Test for 525kV DC Gas Insulated Switchgear Interface

Prysmian Release Video on Smart Cables for Sustainable Transfer of Energy and Telecommunications

Prysmian Group Working With Terna on Italian Power Grid Project (Breaking News)

Borealis Borlink™ XLPE Cable Technology is Powering the German Energiewende

Pattern Recognition of DC Partial Discharge on XLPE Cable Based on ADAM-DBN

Lifetime Estimation and Performance Evaluation for Offshore Wind Farms Transmission Cables

Know How Much Residual Stabilizer is In Your Cable Insulation by OIT (just $30 per test)

Thermal and Dielectric Properties of High Voltage XLPE Power Cables Taken from Service
Oxidative induction time (OIT) on high voltage (HV) cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cables (220 kV XLPE cables) operated for two, five, nine, twelve years and a new cable.


Sumitomo Patents New Cable Composition

Borealis Patent Polyethylene Composition for AC Power Cables

NEXANS Patent New Medium- & High-Voltage Electric Cable


Dielectric Response Measurement on Service-Aged XLPE Cables: From Very Low Frequency to Power Frequency

Nanocomposites Based on Magnesium-oxide/Aluminum-Nitride/Polypropylene for HVDC Cable Insulation

Evaluation of Cable Moisture-Proof Measures

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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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