Power Cable Technology

Power Cable Technology

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This book provides a precise understanding of the design, manufacture, installation, and testing of a range of electric power cables—from low-voltage, 1,000/1,100V cables to extra-high-voltage, 400kV cables—with reference to future trends in the industry.

The authors’ mantra is: know your cable. Thus, the book begins with a comprehensive overview of power cable design and manufacturing through the ages, and then:

  • Describes the characteristics of the materials currently used in the production of various power cables
  • Explains how to calculate the die orifice for drawing wires, how tolerance in manufacturing affects material weight and consumption, and how and why lubricants are used
  • Addresses the formation, stranding, and insulation of the electrical conductors, as well as the sheathing, armouring, and protective covering of the power cables
  • Delivers an in-depth discussion of quality systems, quality control, and performance testing
  • Covers the many nuances of cable installation, including laying, jointing, and terminating


Throughout, the authors emphasize consonance between design theory and practical application to ensure production of a quality power cable at a reasonable cost. They also underscore the importance of careful handling, making Power Cable Technology a must read for power cable engineers and technicians alike.

Published in 2016, 427 pages, 143 illustrations.

Table of Contents:


Basic Materials for Manufacturing Various Types of Electric Power Cables

Conductor Material

Insulating Materials


Other Chemicals

Wire Drawing: Copper and Aluminum

Wire Drawing

Wire Drawing Machine

Conductor Formation–Stranding: Theory and Practice

Sector-Shaped Conductor for an 11,000 V cable

Elliptical-/ Oval-Shaped Conductor for a 33,000 V Cable

Manufacturing of Conductor with Profiled Wire (Profiled Wire Manufacturing Is Elaborated in Chapter 3—Figure 3.23)

Insulation and Insulated Conductors


Application of Insulation on Conductors


Horizontal Continuous Vulcanisation System

Degassing: For HV and EHV Cables

Sioplas System of Curing and Manufacturing XLPE Cables

Irradiation System of Curing Polythene Insulation

Basic Concepts of Radiation Processing

Processing Methods

Assembling and Laying Up of Multicore Cable and Protective Metal Sheathing


Protective Sheath for Laid-Up Cable Core (Mechanical and Electrical Protection)

Metal Covering (Lead)


Corrugated Steel Tape

Calculation of Short-Circuit Rating Capacity for Metal Sheath

Earth Bonding of HV and EHV Cable Sheath

Armouring and Protective Covering


Protective Covering

Electrical Parameters for Designing Cables


Thermal Resistivity

Voltage Induced in the Conductor of a Control Cable When Laid alongside an Electrified Railway Track

Transmission of High-Frequency Signal through HV and EHV Cables

Quality Systems, Quality Control and Testing

What Is Quality?

Testing of Cable

Tensile Strength


Ageing Test

Hot Set Test (A Measure to Determine the Amount of Cross-Linking Achieved) for Cured Materials such as XLPE and Elastomers

Solvent Extraction

Null Detector

Interface Suppression


Resistance of the Conductor

Measuring Low Resistance using the Kelvin Double Bridge

Wheatstone Bridge to Measure Conductor Resistance on Completed Cables

Wheatstone Bridge Theory

AC Voltage Test

Partial Discharge Test

Impulse Voltage Test

Dimensional Check

Measurement of Armour Wires and Tapes

Voltage Test for 4 h

Type Tests, Electrical

Cables Having Conductor Screens and Insulation Screens

Bending Test

Heating Cycle Test

Resistivity of Semiconducting Screens

Test for Longitudinal Watertightness

Flame Propagation Tests under Different Conditions

LOCA Test for Nuclear Plants

Test and Measurement Facilities

Synergism Simulator

Cables for Offshore Wind Firms and Oil Exploration Rigs: Hyperbaric Test

Checking for Leakages in Each Test

Some Special Cables

Aerial Bunch Cables

Direct Current Cables

Umbilical Cables

Power Cable Laying, Jointing, and Installation

Backfilling of Trenches and Pipes

Selected Materials Such as Sands as Backfill Material


Cable Laying on Steel Trays and Racks (Both for LV Distribution and MV, HV, and EHV Transmission Cables)

Joints and Terminations

Desirable Design Features

Jointing of Cable and Conductor

Crimping and Compression Joints

Welding Methods

Insulating the Joint

Insulation: Low-Voltage Cable from 400/440 to 3000/3300 V PVC Insulated

HV and EHV Joints

Stress Control

Straight Through Joint on EHV Cable


HV and EHV Cable Terminations

Thermomechanical Problems

Aerial Bunch Cables and Screen Terminations (11 and 33 kV Cables)

Tests Conducted after Installation


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