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1 PILC Replacement Page 1 April 2003 ICC PILC Replacement: Getting the Lead Out Spring ICC Cincinnati, OH April 30, 2003 ?

2 PILC Replacement Page 2 April 2003 ICC PILC IS GREAT! Low Profile High Fault Current Capability on Shield High Degree of Water Blocking …So why shouldnt you use it?

3 PILC Replacement Page 3 April 2003 ICC Why the Move Away From PILC? Fatigue Cracks in the Lead Oil Migration on Slopes EPA Rulings on Lead (#1 Hazardous Material) Comparative Expense Diminishing Installation Expertise

4 PILC Replacement Page 4 April 2003 ICC Replacement Challenges Small Duct Diameters Duct Conditions Cable Operating Temperature Fault Current Capability of Shield

5 PILC Replacement Page 5 April 2003 ICC How to Fit Extruded Dielectric Cables Into Existing Ducts (Without Real Design Changes) Reduce the cable clearance to the duct wall. (Generally recommended minimum is 1/2) Reduce the thickness of the extruded jacket. (Some utilities accept a.025 thick jacket over 750 kcmil Cu 25kV Cable) Extrude over compact sector conductors.

6 PILC Replacement Page 6 April 2003 ICC But These Options May Not Always Work Duct clearance should not be reduced to less than 1/2. –Ducts are no longer in good condition. –Cable may be damaged during pulling. Jacket thickness should not be reduced excessively. –Thin jackets may tear rather easily. –The benefits of the jacket are then lost. Difficult to extrude over compact sector. –Rotation of conductor can cause problems. –Costly process. –Splicing and terminating may be a problem.

7 PILC Replacement Page 7 April 2003 ICC Primary Objectives Utilize a DRY Cable Design Keep a Low Profile Match Shield to Fault Current Requirement Match Ruggedness of Cable to Duct System Specify an Easy-to-Install Cable

8 PILC Replacement Page 8 April 2003 ICC Utilize a DRY Cable Design Consider the Sheath Material –Lead Over Extruded Dielectric –Corrugated and Welded Bronze –Sealed Corrugated and Folded Copper Tape Use Strand Filling in the Conductor Use Other Water Swellable Components

9 PILC Replacement Page 9 April 2003 ICC Keep a Low Profile Several Methods to Reduce the Cable Diameter –Compact the Conductor –Reduce the Thickness of Extruded Components (Even the Insulation!) –Use Flat Strap Concentric Neutrals

10 PILC Replacement Page 10 April 2003 ICC Match Shield to Fault Current Although lead sheath carries a high fault current, new cable may not need to carry the equivalent rating of the lead sheath. Determine fault requirements to optimize metallic sheath. Over designing the shield will result in increased I 2 R losses. ($$$)

11 PILC Replacement Page 11 April 2003 ICC Match Ruggedness of Cable What is the Condition of Your Ducts? A Thin Wall Jacket May Be Used If Its Tough Enough –Consider Toughness and Heat Stability –LLDPE, HDPE, Polypropylene Determine Amount of Clearance Required – Can it Be Reduced to Less Than ½?

12 PILC Replacement Page 12 April 2003 ICC Specify Easy-to-install Cable Round Conductors vs. Sector Conductor Flexibility is Key Connectability to existing system Consider Pulling Length

13 PILC Replacement Page 13 April 2003 ICC Design Higher Stress Cables A common design practice for HV power cables is to design the cable with a high maximum stress (e.g. EPR 240kV 10kV/mm) In MV cables, the design operating at the highest voltage stress is the 35kV #1/0 AWG Conductor (4 kV/mm). If the same insulation is used, why NOT design MV cable to a higher stress?

14 PILC Replacement Page 14 April 2003 ICC Electric Stress Variations Within Cable Insulation Conductor Conductor Shield Insulation Insulation Shield Metallic Shield Electric Stress Distribution Within The Insulation

15 PILC Replacement Page 15 April 2003 ICC April 2003 x = 2.0 x E D x x LN D d Where: x =Stress at diameter D x, volts/mil E=Voltage across insulation, volts D x =Diameter of interest, mils D=Diameter over insulation, mils d=Diameter over conductor shield, mils Calculation of Voltage Stress in Cables

16 PILC Replacement Page 16 April 2003 ICC Reducing the Insulation Thickness Is The Last Step Compact Conductor Use a Flat Strap Neutral Reduce the Jacket Thickness Reduce Thickness of the Conductor and Insulation Shields Reduce Clearance to Duct THEN Reduce the Insulation Thickness

17 PILC Replacement Page 17 April 2003 ICC 750 KCM 2.95 INCH OD 3/C 750 KCM 3.50 INCH OD 175 MILS EPR 140 MILS JKT 3-1/C 750 KCM 3.65 INCH OD 175 MILS EPR 80 MILS JKT PILC CABLE DESIGN SELECTION Standard Designs - 15 KV

18 PILC Replacement Page 18 April 2003 ICC 3/C 750 KCM 2.95 INCH OD PILC 3/C 750 KCM 3.10 INCH OD 125 MILS EPR 120 MILS JKT 140 MILS EPR 110 MILS JKT 3-1/C 750 KCM 3.10 INCH OD 125 MILS EPR 50 MILS JKT CABLE DESIGN SELECTION Reduced Wall Designs - 15 KV

19 PILC Replacement Page 19 April 2003 ICC Testing the Design Testing should show that the proposed design will stand up to the rigors on the installation and operation. Electrical and Mechanical Tests Testing should be at or above proposed operational limits. –(AEIC CG11-02 recommends same test level as used on the 100% insulation level.)

20 PILC Replacement Page 20 April 2003 ICC Electrical Testing AC Breakdown Study Ionization Factor AEIC Qualification (As Applicable) Accelerated Water Treeing Testing (AWTT) Accelerated Cable Life Testing (ACLT)

21 PILC Replacement Page 21 April 2003 ICC Mechanical Testing Should replicate the actual installation conditions, or be more severe May include such factors as: –Reverse Bends –High Sidewall Pressure –Small Minimum Bending Radii –Several Cycles of Pulls Electrical Testing Should Follow with No Significant Reduction in Electrical Properties

22 PILC Replacement Page 22 April 2003 ICC

23 PILC Replacement Page 23 April 2003 ICC Reduced Insulation Wall Summary In Use for Over Ten Years Tested with Accessories A Definite Design Alternative for Tight Duct Situations

24 PILC Replacement Page 24 April 2003 ICC Accessories In general, premolded accessories may not pass corona tests when installed on reduced insulation thickness cables. Cold-shrink and heat-shrink accessories should pass electrical tests. –Trifurcating splices are available. Electrical Stress on Reduced Insulation Wall Cables Must Be Controlled at Both Conductor Shield and Insulation Shield Interfaces.

25 PILC Replacement Page 25 April 2003 ICC Accessories Joint size should allow installation in existing smaller manholes. Cold-shrink terminations can be used to replace potheads. Compression connectors can be used to shape sector conductors. Should be qualified to IEEE Std. 404.

26 PILC Replacement Page 26 April 2003 ICC Summary & Conclusions Overall cable design is more important than any individual component. Complete redesign not always necessary. Several types of shields are available. High temperature jackets should be considered. Reduced Insulation Wall Is a Viable Option

27 PILC Replacement Page 27 April 2003 ICC Summary & Conclusions Properly designed PILC replacement cables have been found to be both electrically and mechanically suitable for installation and operation on utility network systems. Whatever the design chosen: –There should be no significant change in the electrical and physical properties when comparing the reduced wall samples to the full wall samples. –There should be no significant change in the electrical and physical properties after severe mechanical conditioning.


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