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The Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory

Cable And Accessories

cable testing

We are very experienced in the testing of parent cable, joints and terminations and have developed facilities specifically for the more frequently required tests (e.g cable joint thermal cycling under a 1m head of water).  In recent years we have tested a range of different designs of cable including extruded polymeric, PILC, mass impregnated and fluid filled.  Distribution cables, submarine fibre optic cables and neutrally bouyant cable systems have been assessed.

As well as testing new sytems we also have been involved in forensic investigation of cables and accessories that have failed in service - for more details please see forensics.


Recently used standards

Number Name Year
BS 7888-4.1 HD 629.1 S2 Test requirements on accessories for use on power cables of rated voltage from 3,6/6(7,2) kV up to 20,8/36(42) kV - Part 1: Cables with extruded insulation 2006
BS 7888-4.2 HD 629.2 S2Test requirements on accessories for use on power cables of rated voltage from 3,6/6(7,2) kV up to 20,8/36(42) kV - Part 2: Cables with impregnated paper insulation2006
BS EN 61442Test methods for accessories for power cables with rated voltages from 6 kV (Um = 7,2 kV) up to 36 kV (Um = 42 kV)2005
BS 7933-1 HD 631.1 S2Electric cables - Accessories - Material characterisation - Part 1: Fingerprinting and type tests for resinous compounds2007
BS EN 60230Impulse tests on cables and their accessories2002
BS EN 50395Electrical test methods for low voltage energy cables2005
BS 7769-2.2 IEC 287-2-2 Electric cables — Calculation of the current rating — Part 2: Thermal resistance — Section 2.2 A method for calculating reduction factors for groups of cables in free air, protected from solar radiation.1997 1995

If you are considering testing of a cable or accessory, please contact us and include the following information in your communication:


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