Analysis of Physical and Chemical Properties of XLPE Insulation for Long Term Running Cable


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High temperature caused by copper core would have a certain impact on the performance of XLPE insulation during the long running process of the cable. In this paper, the XLPE/PVC cable running for 17years was investigated by using thermal analysis, microstructure analysis, mechanical property analysis and dielectric properties analysis. The influences of long-term operation for the physical and chemical properties of cable insulation are analyzed by the performance of the insulation material. DSC results indicated that position of shoulder peak would characterize the thermal history of material and express the crystal size distribution of XLPE indirectly. Mechanical property test results showed that effect of long term high temperature would decrease the elongation at break and breaking strength of XLPE. SEM results showed that the effect of long term high temperature increased the average size of crystal and the distribution of the crystal became concentrated, meanwhile it verified the relevant conclusion of DSC.



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Junichi Hojo, Tohru Sekino, Jian Feng Yang, Hyung Sun Kim and Wen Bin Cao




T. Zhang et al., "Analysis of Physical and Chemical Properties of XLPE Insulation for Long Term Running Cable", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 922, pp. 186-191, 2018

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May 2018




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