PES-ICC Meetings

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Please Note: This is a only a listing of the presentations and

  • Opening Session

  • Mini-Expo Vendors

    • 3M’s Electrical Markets Division (EMD) has been designing and manufacturing products for electrical utilities for more than 60 years.  As the innovator of Cold Shrink Technology, 3M has been protecting, sealing, insulating, splicing and terminating from 120V up to 145kV for more than 40 years.  3M’s EMD Division also provides high-capacity transmission conductors (ACCR), Liquid-Filled Transformer Insulation (LFTI), Grid Automation and Renewable Energy Solutions.   A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets by applying more than 40 distinct technology platforms to a wide array of customer needs. With $30.1 billion in sales, 3M employs 91,600 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit  For more information on the 3M high capacity conductor, visit
    • AP Sensing is a world leader in Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing, Distributed Acoustic and Distributed Temperature Sensing, technology, equipment and systems.
      At ICC, we will discuss and demonstrate DTS and DAS technology as it applies to EHV/HV Power Cable Monitoring applications.   We will demonstrate AP Sensing’s SmartVision (SCADA) Software Platform.  SmartVision turns real-time, distributed measurement data into actionable knowledge.  SmartVision, using Real Time Thermal Ratings, automatically measures, interprets and alarms on adverse power cable conditions (hot spots, exposed subsea cable sections) and third party interference (excavation, directional drilling, subsea threats such as anchor strikes, vibration and ice scour) that leads to physical damage or deterioration of the power cable.   For more information, please see us online at  In North or Latin America, call Greg McElyea (+1-214-471-3460).
    • DSG-CANUSA branded products are offered by Shawcor’s Connection Systems Group as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialty wire & cable and heat shrink and cold applied cable accessory products. By connecting, insulating, sealing and protecting the valuable assets and equipment systems of your operation, we assure the reliability of your electrical connectivity in a range of industrial processes over the operational lifespan. That reliability is what solves our customers’ toughest challenges, and it starts with a specialization in application engineering. Through our industry-leading combination of materials science expertise, custom design and top product quality thanks to our stringent manufacturing process, our customers benefit from reduced downtime, lower operating costs and improved system reliability. And now, by integrating and testing custom cabling with advanced connector technology, we’re able to simplify field installation and deliver greater reliability to electrical systems around the world. Look to our innovative designs for reliable connectivity in the electrical utility, industrial, automotive, and oil and gas markets.
    • EA Technology USA – EA technology is world leader in substation condition monitoring and a pioneer in on-line non-invasive testing of cables, towers, switchgear, and other substation assets.  Our Cable Data Collector system provides a simple way to perform partial discharge testing of cables in service with a minimum of training.  Expert analysis of collected data can be done back in the office by EA Technology or in house by your engineers.  Our Cable Sniffer allows easy location of faulted underground cables without the use of thumper technology.
    • EJ is the leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of access solutions for water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks worldwide. Products include construction castings, gratings, fabricated metal and composite products.  A world class R&D department stands ready to assist you for custom applications. Learn more at
    • Elecnor Hawkeye is a respected leader in construction services.  Our Underground Transmission group specializes in the installation, repair and maintenance of UG high voltage cable,  including XLPE and HPFF. With state-of-the-art equipment, including cable pull winches up to 80k HPFF, Elecnor Hawkeye can handle any size job, in any location. The leadership team of the UG group has decades of experience and understands the importance of working safe and delivering quality workmanship to its customers. For further information visit their web site at
    • Evergreen High Voltage, LLC is dedicated to innovation within a mature industry to provide premium quality high voltage testing equipment at a lower cost through strategic partnerships with top suppliers who can implement our designs with consistency. All of our designs are done in the USA. Drawing on years of experience, our goal is to be the world leader for the supply of high voltage AC, DC and Impulse Test and Measurement Systems.
    • Furukawa Electric
    • G&W Electric Company G&W Electric has been a global leader in providing innovative solutions to the electric power industry since 1905. Our product offerings include cable terminations, cable joints, load and fault interrupting switchgear, automatic circuit reclosers, SCADA and distribution automation products and high current limiting system protection devices. Stop by the mini expo to see our new line of PYTHON™ cable accessories featuring the mechanical shrink installation method. For more information visit
    • HIGHVOLT – HIGHVOLT produces high voltage AC, DC and Impulse Test Systems and specializes in Test Equipment for Power Transformers, Cables and all Electrical Apparatus with the highest levels of customer support and engineering excellence. Table Top presentations will include Cable Test solutions for Field and Factory High Voltage testing including details on Mobile High Voltage Resonant Test systems for HV Cables.
    • HV Diagnostics, Inc based in Atlanta GA USA, is a world leading supplier and manufacturer of high voltage electrical test equipment and services to the electrical industry, including Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Industrial. Using state of the art, innovative technologies, we provide high performance field test equipment that is rugged, reliable, and easy to use. Our signature products include the top selling fully automatic high voltage VLF (Very Low Frequency), TD (Tan Delta) & PD (Partial Discharge) Diagnostic, Cable ID and Dielectric Oil test instruments. Our company is well known for providing excellent technical support, certified training, and a full repair and NIST calibration service. With a fleet of test trailers and test vans, we also provide specialized electrical cable testing services for cables up to 138kV, advanced cable fault location for those difficult to find faults and cutting-edge cable diagnostics.
    • HV TECHNOLOGIES, Inc.  (HVT), has many years of experience and dedication in serving the testing equipment needs for the power utility, power apparatus, and electronic equipment industries. We have been the exclusive BAUR sales and service partner in the USA since 2008. Come by our booth to see how our range of high voltage VLF, VLF tan delta, and VLF partial discharge testing systems can assist you with your cable system performance optimization. We also carry a comprehensive portfolio of Cable Fault Location Systems, TDR, Cable Identification and Location, and AC/DC Hipot instruments. For those interested in Insulating Fluids Testing we have Dielectric and Dissipation Factor Instruments that are designed for Lab and Field use. HVT, located in Manassas, Virginia, is a leading supplier of High Voltage and EMC Test Equipment and solutions.
    • Kinectrics – Kinectrics’ established industry experts provide clients worldwide with comprehensive, independent life cycle management solutions in a broad range of technical disciplines across the energy sector. This includes engineering and testing services for Transmission and Distribution Technologies and Generation Plants (Nuclear, Fossil, Hydro and Wind). Our proven expertise includes on-site commissioning and maintenance testing for HV and MV underground cables, including established techniques such as AC Hi-Pot/Withstand, Partial Discharge, VLF Tangent Delta (Tan δ) and Dielectric Spectroscopy.  Kinectrics’ has a fleet of high-power 260kV Mobile Resonant Test Systems for HV transmission cable withstand AC Hi-Pot Testing, as well as numerous additional unique mobile test systems (including advanced diagnostics) for MV generation plant or distribution system cable aging management/condition assessment. Kinectrics also offers additional leading-edge capabilities for HV and MV cables including “one-stop” High Voltage / High Current lab facilities for qualification testing to international standards and custom cable R&D programs, forensic services including advanced material and chemical testing capabilities, and specialized consulting including advanced modeling/simulation capabilities. Kinectrics’ specialists in generation, transmission, distribution, and environmental technologies use innovative science and engineering to help clients improve business.
    • LS Cable & System, headquartered in Anyang, South Korea was established in May 1962 and is a worldwide leader in medium voltage, high voltage, and extra high voltage underground cables and has subsidiary companies throughout the world including 15 factories, 30 sales offices, and 3 R&D centers in 17 different countries.
      In 2006 LS Cable & System completed its first ever 345kV Turnkey Project in the U.S. and acquired Superior Essex in 2007 to expand its presence in the Americas.   In April 2017, the LS Group acquired the Energy division from Superior Essex to create a subsidiary under the LS Cable & System umbrella. LS Cable & System U.S.A., Inc. is a leading U.S. manufacturer and supplier of energy wire and cable products serving the Commercial, Industrial, Renewable Energy and Utility markets. Our electrical product offering includes Low Voltage 300V and 600V instrumentation cables for control systems, audio, intercoms, energy management, and alarm controls; Low Voltage 600V control and power cables for your industrial or utility power or station control circuits; Medium Voltage 5kV through 46kV power cables for your primary power and distribution circuits and Photovoltaic Wire XLPE, Type PV, 600V and 2000V for the renewable solar market, all in full compliance to U.S.industry standards.
    • Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of power utility cables and cabling solutions that deliver increased performance for our customers worldwide.  From low voltage to extra-high-voltage power cables and accessories, Nexans is leading the way in energizing the North American T&D system.
    • Novinium is the only full-service power cable expert that partners with utility companies of all sizes to keep their networks operating at peak performance, using the most advanced, capital-efficient, environmentally friendly methods available. Novinium’s founder and CEO invented the revolutionary technology behind underground cable rejuvenation 30+ years ago, and the company continues to champion ways to keep power flowing to those who depend on it.   Learn more at
    • Power Delivery Intelligence Initiative (PDi2) is a recently-formed 501(c)(6), not-for-profit professional association whose aim is to collect and use data to provide an objective means to evaluate power infrastructure investments from the perspective of life-cycle costs to determine which power delivery solutions – overhead or underground – to employ. Our focus is to become a working group that actively engages with our members and outside resources to develop data models that support our mission – and then communicates the results to help the industry make objective decisions about construction options for power infrastructure. For more information visit
    • PFISTERER is a leading independent manufacturer of cable and overhead lie accessories for sensitive interfaces in energy networks.  The Group is headquartered in Winterbach, near Stuttgart in southern Germany.  PFISTERER develops, produces and sells international successful solutions for 110 kV to 850 kV voltage levels.  With its end-to-end range of products for application in energy networks, consulting, installation and training, the manufacturer is a valued partner to companies specializing in power supply, plant construction and electrified rail transport around the world.  PFISTERER operates production plants in Europe, South America and South Africa as well as sales offices in 18 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the USA.
    • Phenix Technologies designs and manufactures electrical testing equipment for testing Cables, Transformers, Motors, Generators, Circuit Breakers, Reclosers, Insulation Materials, GIS/Switchgear, Utility Worker’s Rubber Goods/Protective Gear.  We have delivered test equipment to 110 countries and our Service and Calibration Department travels worldwide to assist customers during and after equipment installation.  Phenix Technologies 85,000 square-foot headquarters is located in Maryland, USA with additional offices located in Basel, Switzerland and Taipei, Taiwan; plus, a network of representatives are located across the U.S. and in more than 50 countries to support our customers.  Phenix Technologies offers a wide range of high voltage, high current, high power testing solutions, 40+ years of experience, and is ISO9001 quality compliant.  Visit us at our exhibit to discuss your testing requirements or visit to review our complete product line and capabilities.
    • Soltex Inc. and Soltex Canada are specialty chemical companies with 25+ years of experience. We are an industry leader in the supply of cable insulating fluid, transformer fluids and impregnates. Our manufacturing facility in Belleville, ON and our distribution center in Baytown, TX effectively service the domestic and international markets. Our technical, plant, logistics and customer service experts are second to none to ensure quality on time delivery. Soltex has extensive experience working with utilities, contractors, engineering services providers, cable manufacturers and accessory manufacturers in North America and beyond. For any further information regarding Soltex, please stop by our table top or contact Susan Kovacs at
    • Sumitomo Electric USA Inc. – J-Power Systems Corporation is the Japanese leading manufacturing company of extra high voltage power cables and accessories. We are the leaders of the latest advance power transmission technology such as HVDC cable up to 500kV, HVAC underground/submarine cable up to 500kV,  and various advanced challenging installation technology such as XLPE cable installed in long distance HDD. We will be showing some of the sample cables and our in-house developed DTS system.
    • Taihan Electric USA Ltd., is the U.S. subsidiary of Taihan Electric Wire Co., Ltd, the first cable manufacturer in South Korea and one of the leading cable manufacturers in the world.  We manufacture various cables ranging from Low Voltage to Extra High Voltage and Accessories.  Taihan Electric also provides EHV engineering solutions and installation services.  We will be showcasing various cable samples including our 500 kV XLPE Underground Cable. For more information please contact us at 562-946-8500 or visit us at
    • USi is a leader in design, operation and maintenance of HV power cable systems. For over 40 years, USi has provided engineering expertise to the Utility market with custom designs and equipment for power cable accessories, engineered Cooling – Circulating Plants and Pressurization Plants. Our extensive Engineering Department Services span power cable system architect engineer design, forensics, soil thermal properties, ratings, leak detection and maintenance automation.  USi designs, manufactures and integrates leading edge monitoring, rating diagnostic and control hardware, sensors, communications and software for both UG and OH transmission cable systems.
    • W.A. Chester, L.L.C. is the industry-leading electrical contractor for the installation, maintenance and repair of underground high voltage pipe-type and solid dielectric cable transmission and distribution systems. Founded in the 1930’s, our clients include electric utility companies and independent power producers in the United States and Canada and we are one of three specialty contractors performing this type of work on a national basis. In addition to underground systems, W.A. Chester, L.L.C. has expanded its services to include installation, maintenance and repair of overhead electric distribution cable systems. For more information, please visit our website at
  • Subcommittee A – Cable Construction and Design – Monday, October 30, 2017, 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM

      • 9:15 AM Welcome  
      • 9:15 – 9:50 AM – Is there an alternative to XLPE – Detlef Wald, Eifelkabel Consultant for Cable Applications and Pasi Raikisto, HV Cable Solutions
        Abstract: Since the 60ies XLPE has been used as an insulation material for AC power cables. In certain countries also EPR has been used as an alternative at least up to 150 kV. Also in earlier years HDPE, LDPE and PVC has been used and the first was used for cables up to 400 kV. The reason why XLPE is now the dominant material for AC power cables is an operating temperature of 90 °C and the higher short circuit temperature combined with low losses. There are new solutions now being discussed that might be an alternative for XLPE.
      • 9:50 – 10:25 AM – How Cables Fail – The Myths and Fundamentals – Ben Lanz and Wayne Chatterton, IMCORP
        Abstract: “Cables last 40 years”, “Water trees fail cables”, “Electrical trees have very short lives” and other myths will be discussed. An understanding of what really causes cables to fail will be addressed. Key fundamentals will be presented that need to be understood to help facilitate long cable life. Proper cable system partial discharge (PD) assessment is very important in helping to insure long cable life. Statistically significant supporting data will be presented. Assess first, act on the findings to guarantee long cable life.
      • 10:25 – 10:45 AM  – Break
      • 10:50 – 11:05 AM  – Subcommittee A Business  
      • 11:05 – 11:40 AM – Results of Cable Rejuvenation on Severely Degraded Black Ethylene Propylene Rubber Medium-Voltage Cable –Andrew Mantey, EPRI and Bogdan Fryszczyn, CTL
        Abstract: Polymeric insulation of cables operating submerged in water or in high humidity environment degrade due to water treeing.  This phenomenon was first observed in polyethylene and cross-linked polyethylene insulated cables.  Such cables, manufactured in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, were extremely prone to this deterioration, which exhibited its ill effects (failures) after less than 10 years of service.  Cables with rubber type insulation also suffer from this degradation, but much less frequently and are substantially affected after about 30 years of wet service.  Such cables were removed from Nuclear Power Plants due to their in-service failures.  From these cables, short-length samples, with black EPR insulation,  were selected based on their extremely high 0.1 Hz Dissipation Factor and rejuvenation using two liquids was attempted with one liquid yielding positive results. The treatment resulted in greatly increased AC breakdown strength and in decreased 0.1 Hz Tangent Delta.
      • 11:40– 12:15 PM Flammability Testing for Low Smoke Zero Halogen Compounds and Cables to Meet Today’s Fire Safety Standards –Jimmy (Yimsan) Gau, Cable Consulting Services and Rodney Ginger, Wire & Cable Consultant
        Abstract: The trend to replace halogenated flame retardant materials in cables installed in areas where large concentrations of people congregate and work, with cables containing Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LS0H) ones, has gained support in many regions of the industrial world. Tests to determine the performance of LS0H materials and cables have been established in North America and Europe by standards associations in both regions. Individual standards specific to a country have also been developed by several countries.  The best practice in understanding the effects of LS0H flame retardant formulations on fire safety of materials and cables is to run some flammability tests. Flammability tests are incorporated in materials and cable standards to insure that they meet a level of design for fire safety. They are used in lab tests for material selection and development, in tests on wire & cable to meet flammability standards from various agencies, and to simulate actual use conditions. This paper provides a critical review of three lab tests (LOI, UL 94 V Rating, Cone Calorimeter) and three cable tests (UL 1581 VW 1, UL 1685/1581 Cable Tray, UL 1666 Riser) commonly used to evaluate LS0H compounds and cables.  It appears that within the same family of LS0H compounds, lab tests on materials can give an indication of a ranking of their performance under actual burning conditions. It also provides guidance in assessing them as candidates for further testing in single and bundled cable tests. However, the correlation of results between lab tests on materials/single wires and bundled cables remains open for further research. The development of such relationships would greatly help accelerate the development of new LS0H compounds. Part of the difficulty in this correlation is the difference in the parameters involved in flammability tests of materials versus cables. The ability to form char and the integrity of the charred layer in combustion also has a bearing on the results.
    • 12:15 PM – Adjure
  • Subcommittee B – Accessories – Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    • 8:00 AM – 8:15 AM – Introduction / Announcements – Stan Szyszko, Thomas & Betts  / ABB – Chair, Thomas Campbell, Con Edison – Vice Chair
    • 8:15 AM – 8:40 AM – “Update on the changes to the Standard IEEE 592”  Sherif Kamel, Southwire
      This is  a review of the changes that are being made to the standard.  We want to let everyone know what to expect before this standard goes out to ballot.
    • 8:40 AM  – 9:20 AM – “International type tests and long term tests of shear bolted connectors in accessories”   Markus Köbele, Nexan               Shear bolt connectors are often used in underground applications replacing the common used crimping technology. The use of this technology in the field is easy going, but there are many things a producer must take care off in order to have a good connection. Type tests are used to set standards for this technology, but a type test can only simulate the behavior of such connection during life time. The topic will cover the design criteria’s as well as the different standards of type tests. Finally, long term tests will show a wider window from the behavior during life time.
    • 9:20 AM  – 10:00 AM – “Injection Device Choices for Rejuvenating Cables“   Glen Bertini, Novinium The choice of injection devices to deliver rejuvenation fluid to aging cables has changed considerably over the past few decades. This paper provides a brief history of devices showing how cable rejuvenation processes have evolved beyond unsustained pressure rejuvenation (UPR), examines the injection devices and terminations utilized for modern rejuvenation, and discusses the advantages and limitations of each device type.
    • 10:00 AM  – 10:15 AM Break
    • 10:15 AM  – 10:55 AM – “Transition Joint Installation for 34kV Gas Insulated Line “ Tommi Virta, Prysmian Power Cable Systems
      PEPCO, the utility of Washington D.C. needed to transition from a paper insulated gas pressurised cable to XLPE. It was decided to install a transition joint between 3/c 450kcmil LPGF 34kV cable and 1/c 3500kcmil XLPE cables to provide a connection from existing self-contained gas cable line to a substation. In addition to LPGF-XLPE transition joint, new XLPE cable segment and termination were installed. The execution schedule for the project was tight, but the transition joint design, delivery and installation was successfully performed in the given timeline
    • 10:55 AM  – 11:25 AM – “Design and Additional Tests on 345 kV Pipe-Type Joint with LPP Insulation”   Milan Uzelac, G&W Electric Co.
      Pipe-type cables, at voltages up to 345 kV, have been the preferred cable type in North America from the earliest transmission cable installations in the 1930s. There is still over 3000 miles of the pipe-type cable in the ground in US.
      Although extruded dielectric cables are now more common, there is still a great deal of activity in the pipe-type cable systems. Proven reliability, installation in relatively small size steel pipes and options for cooling to improve the circuit rating are some of advantages. The activity is mostly in uprating, relocating and modifying existing systems but installation of new circuits both on land and for significant water crossings is still taking place. G&W decided to provide additional support to activity that is going on in the pipe-type cable systems by designing and testing the 345kV joint for LPP (laminated paper polypropylene) cables. The presentation describes basic design parameters and design tests performed on this joint per current IEEE Standard. It also provides information on additional tests performed on the same test rig at reduced oil pressure.
      The joints for LPP cables are not new by any stretch. They have been around since introduction of LPP cables in late 1980-s. The goal of this presentation is to refresh our knowledge on the design of LPP cables and joints and discuss design test requirements per existing IEEE 404 in effort to contribute to the work of the Sub B WG dealing with unified standard for testing high and extra-high voltage cable terminations and joints.
  • Subcommittee C – Cable Systems – Monday, October 30, 2017, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    • 2:00 – 2:15 PM Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 2:15 – 2:40 PM “Cable Protection – Beyond the Time-Current Curve,” by Charles Darnell, Talon Products, LLC
      Overcurrent protection devices are timed to open once the available energy is low enough for safe interruption. In the case of instantaneous settings, interruption occurs within a few milliseconds after the current is sensed. In the case of coordinated upstream devices, delays are longer… but usually within 30 cycles. What happens during that brief moment in time can transform “happy conductors” into “angry conductors” and can change the way you look at cable protection. In today’s arc-flash conscious world where perfect selectivity is mandated, time-current curves, interpreted in the traditional manner are no longer adequate tools to optimize the dynamic performance of cable systems. In order to protect electrical infrastructure and personnel and to ensure your designs are robust, you need to understand the physics of cable movement.
    •  2:40 – 3:05 PM “Orlando Utilities Commission 115kV UG Line Installation, Impact of Hurricane Irma” by Nigel Wigfall, Prysmian
      This presentation will cover the following aspects of a new 115 kV XLPE installation in Orlando, FL:
      –    Introduction and project background
      –    Project execution aspects, challenges etc.
      –    Hurricane Irma and related schedule changes and consequences
      –    Securing project site, materials, equipment, personnel
      –    Outage scheduling (day / night work) and how it was managed in practice
      –    Overview of installation activities
    • 3:05 – 3:20 PM – Break
    • 3:20 – 3:45 PM “Rejuvenation Upgrade,” by Glen Bertini, Novinium
      Rejuvenation technology has advanced considerably over the last decade. Field and laboratory data demonstrate that modern rejuvenation technology outperforms the venerable technology introduced over thirty years ago. Reliability has improved two-fold and anticipated post-rejuvenation life has doubled. Many cables that were rejuvenated in the late 1980’s through the turn of the century have delivered two decades or more of reliable service as anticipated. What is a circuit owner to do when the previous generation of life extension has fulfilled its role and legacy rejuvenated cable is back in the pool of at risk cables? Of course, the circuit owner can replace the cable at considerable capital expense, or they can upgrade the cable with the next generation of rejuvenation technology. The next-gen fluids include powerful anti-oxidants, voltage stabilizers, stress-smoothing technology, and partial discharge suppression technology that were not available in the older technology.
      The case for a rejuvenation upgrade is even more compelling than the original case for treatment. Thirty years of data all but eliminate the technology risk. A cable’s neutral condition has a baseline measurement which can be compared to the current condition. This comparison allows accurate extrapolation to future periods. Next-gen fluids are designed to deal with all significant aging mechanisms including ephemeral partial discharge. A cable’s suitability to be treated is pre-established. Early field results will be reviewed.
    • 3:45 – 4:10 PM “Energizing Three Offshore Floating Platforms,” by Bob, Hobson, NKT
      Offshore oil industry in Europe has worked to reduce the carbon foot print and lower operational maintenance and personnel requirements on floating offshore oil platforms.  The solution was to use land based hydro generated power to operate floating offshore platforms instead of running platform based generators.  The land based power transmission used a combination of static and dynamic 3 core AC power cables.  This solution has eliminated the carbon emission, eliminated the vibration and reduced the maintenance personal required to maintain the generators that would have normally been installed on the platform and running constantly.  This paper presents the technology development and challenges that were overcome to design, build, install and commission long (+100km) AC power cables to power three offshore floating platforms.
    •  4:10 – 4:35 PM “Transition Joint Design Considerations,” by Mark Stemmle, Nexans
      One of the major challenges for high voltage (HV) and extra high voltage (EHV) system operators is their ageing cable system infrastructure, since in the near future many of the old oil-filled and gas-pressure cable systems need to be replaced. As nowadays extruded (XLPE) cable systems have become standard for new cable system installations, jointing technologies between paper insulated and extruded cable systems were developed by cable manufacturers.
      This presentation will focus on design approach for transition joints between oil-filled or gas-pressure cable systems and XLPE cable systems. Further, the type test procedure and the range of type test approval according to CIGRE TB 415 will be discussed. Examples for qualifications and installations of transition joints will be given.
    • 4:35 – 5:00 PM “Current Rating Calculation for Different Phase Distances Along a Route,” by Jeayun Joo, LS Cable & System
      Underground cable systems are installed in complicated city and long length crossing such as river, road and railway. This makes different cable installation condition even in a same cross bonding system along a route and it leads to an ampacity deduction by a high sheath circulating current even though the section lengths are balanced. This presentation explores basic ampacity calculation factors, sheath circulation current relation with phase distance difference in a same cross bonding system. Also, a mitigation of the sheath circulation current in the system will be presented
    • 5:00 – 5:15 PM – Vice Chair’s Closing Remarks
  • Subcommittee D – Generating Station and Industrial Cables – Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    • 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM – Subcommittee D Business  
    • 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM – Title: Safety Enhancements to Nuclear Power Plants Following the Disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, Matthew McConnell Senior Electrical Engineer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
      Abstract: In 2012, as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued Orders to licensees of Nuclear Power Plants to evaluate potential vulnerabilities that could result from beyond design basis external events and to develop plans to maintain or restore core cooling, containment, and spent fuel pool cooling.   Since the issuance of these Orders, all licensees have developed “mitigating strategies” plans for those events and over 90% of plants have fully implemented the plans.  The NRC staff has reviewed over 80% of the plans and completed its inspections at over 50% of the plants.”  This presentation will provide a high-level overview of the NRC’s Orders with a focus on the tiered approach of the mitigating strategies with examples of unique design solutions that were implemented to meet the regulatory requirements.
      Presenter Biography: Matthew McConnell is a Senior Electrical Engineer in the Japan Lessons-Learned Division in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  His principle responsibilities involve reviewing and providing technical support for the proposed electrical design enhancements submitted by nuclear power plant licensees in response to the regulatory requirements issued following the Fukushima Daiichi disaster.  He also was involved with the development of the post-Fukushima Daiichi disaster regulations, including the new rule to codify the Orders.  Mr. McConnell joined the NRC in 2001 and spent the majority of his time in the Electrical Engineering Branch within the Division of Engineering where he was responsible for reviewing license amendment requests that involved electrical design changes at nuclear power plants.  Mr. McConnell received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2001.
    • 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Break
    • 3:15 PM- 3:45 PM – Title: Fire-Retardant Cable Coatings – A Fresh Look into Their Thermal and Electrical Response for Performance-Based Applications, Gabriel Taylor, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
      Abstract: Flame or fire-retardant electrical cable coatings have been used in commercial nuclear power plants to limit the spread of fire.  A limited set of empirical data from the 1970’s provides the basis for regulatory guidance.  Over the past decade, nearly one-half of the U.S. nuclear fleet has voluntarily transitioned from prescriptive- to performance-based, risk-informed fire protection programs.  Performance-based programs require quantification for the performance of these coatings.  Difficulties were encountered using the prescribed guidance in a performance-based context, necessitating a fresh look into the performance of fire-resistive cable coatings. In an effort to quantify the performance of flame-retardant cable coatings, a literature survey and regulatory review of the subject has been performed to provide a historical perspective on the use of cable coatings in nuclear facilities.  An experimental series has evaluated the burning behavior and temporal effects on circuit functionality for a variety of flame-retardant cable coatings.  The experiments ranged from bench to full scale, using both standardized and non-standardized testing techniques. Ignition temperatures have been measured using a well-controlled convection oven.  Burning behavior of coated cables has been measured using a cone calorimeter to determine burning rate, heat of combustion, and other properties.  Full-scale horizontal and vertical flame spread experiments have been conducted to determine lateral and upward spread of fire.  Finally, the impact of flame-retardant cable coatings on preserving circuit integrity during fire exposure has been evaluated.  The results from this experimental series support updates to existing fire probabilistic safety assessment methods and fire modeling input parameters.
      Presenter Biography: Gabriel Taylor is a Senior Fire Protection Engineer in the Division of Risk Analysis in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Since 2007, he has focused on research related to fire safety.  His primary responsibilities are managing fire research projects to support fire probabilistic risk assessment method development in the areas of smoke detection, heat release rate, and circuit failure mode likelihood analysis.  This includes leading multiple experimental programs to evaluate component response to thermally damaging fire conditions.  Mr. Taylor is also an active member of several standards organizations such as, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 551, 801, 804, 805, & 806, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer (IEEE) 634, 1202, 1844, including vice-chair of Sub-Committee D on Industrial and Generating Station Cables.  For the past year, Mr. Taylor has been a PhD student at the University of Maryland in the Reliability Engineering Department, with a focus on development of probabilistic method for fire safety applications.
    • 3:45 PM- 4:15 PM – Title:  Condition assessment of Low Voltage Cables in Nuclear Power Plant with Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Dr. David Rouison, Principal Engineer, Kinetrics
      Abstract:  Near infrared spectroscopy has been used in CANDU nuclear plants for more than 15 years to identify and assess the condition of low voltage cables. This technology uses a vast library of cable materials to characterize the insulation and jacket materials of these cables. Aging models were developed and correlated with elongation at break data to determine the condition of cable insulation and support condition monitoring activities in CANDU plants. This technique is implemented in the field with more traditional methods such as the EPRI indenter to determine the aging level of cable materials. This presentation provides an introduction to the NIR technology and some recent examples of its use in the field.
      Presenter Biography:  Dr. Rouison is a principal engineer at Kinectrics Inc with more than 15 years’ experience in polymer science. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick in 2004. Dr. Rouison specializes in the condition assessment, failure analysis and testing of polymer based materials with a focus on the effects of environmental, thermal and radiation ageing. His experience includes qualification, condition assessment and failure analysis of electrical cables and dielectric materials.  At present he is a technical leader and project manager at Kinectrics Inc. Dr. Rouison is a licensed professional engineer and a member of various international engineering associations and technical committees.
  • Subcommittee F – Field Testing and Diagnostics – Tuesday October 31, 2017, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

      • 8:00 AM – 8:10 AM:  Welcome, Introduction, Agenda, SubCommittee F business.  Sudhakar Cherukupalli – Chair –BC Hydro/Pete Tirinzone – Vice Chair – PDC
      • 8:10 AM – 8:40 AM: “Condition A practical approach to partial discharge laboratory and on-field measurements in HVDC cables”, Dr. GianCarlo Montanari
        Electrical equipment and apparatus used in DC grids are generally subjected to partial discharge (PD) tests under AC in laboratory and for on-field commissioning. Indeed, while under AC a pattern can be derived which may allow PD and noise identification, under DC there is no correlation between PD occurrence and applied voltage waveform, thus noise rejection and identification of the type of defect generating PD is a problem not solved yet. This is the main reason why PD measurements under DC are not performed and are replaced by AC tests. This paper investigates PD recognition and noise rejection under DC field, focusing on techniques which are simple, but effective, and, in particular, robust. Algorithms for noise rejection, based on the well-known TF map, and for the identification of the type of detected discharge phenomenology, that is, internal, surface or corona discharges, are presented and discussed on the basis of testing simple objects and cable models with artificial defects.
      • 8:40 AM – 9:10 AM  “ In-Service Testing and Full Time Monitoring for Partial Discharge in Shielded Cables”, William Higginbotham, President EA Technology LLC
        Abstract : Partial Discharge is a leading indicator of impending insulation failure of medium, high, and extra high voltage shielded cables.  Discharge can result from poor installation workmanship, physical damage, contamination, and electrical tree growth through aging.  IEEE 400.3 covers the offline and online partial discharge testing of field aged cables.  The time, cost, and logistics of doing off-line testing makes it impractical for regular condition assessment.  Online testing can be done quickly and inexpensively but does not provide as much information.   This presentation provides an introduction to the partial discharge phenomenon in cables.  It describes online test systems for periodic surveys and full-time monitoring as well as highlighting the practicalities of sensor placement.  Field results from the UK, China, and the US are reviewed.  Finally, a comparison between on-line and offline methods is made.
      • 9:15AM–9:45AM   “Pushing the Interpretative Value of Diagnostic Tests Based on Dielectric Loss Measurements : Exploration Beyond the Classic Criteria of VLF Tan Delta Diagnostic Features”  by Dr. Jean-Francois Drapeau
        Diagnostic based on the evaluation of VLF Tan Delta are now well established and interpretative criteria in terms of boundaries for overall condition assessment are proposed in IEEE 400.2.  The actual criteria are: Mean Tan Delta at service voltage (Uo), Voltage dependence (Tip-Up) between 0.5 Uo and 1.5 Uo and Time stability (expressed in terms of standard deviation of TD values) at service voltage.  As proposed now, condition assessment goes as: “No action”, “Further study” and “Action required”. One of the main limitations of the diagnostic resides in the “global” nature of the assessment and, in particular, the lack of ability to “discriminate” various types of (internal or external) defects from each other. For example, with the actual criteria, in case of “Action required” there is no way to know what component(s) of the cable system (cable, splice, termination) is (are) impaired with advanced degradation, nor is there a well-defined means to discriminate what kind of aging (e.g. water-treeing, thermal degradation, shield corrosion) is present within the cable system.  This presentation proposes to initially explore some further diagnostic features actually embedded in the detailed VLF Tan Delta numbers. The purpose is also to present some preliminary diagnostic features coming out of methods using dielectric spectroscopy (DS), especially those coming out of Time Domain Spectroscopy that have been studied at IREQ over the last 15 years. A short review of other criteria coming out of Frequency Domain Spectroscopy will also be summarily presented, with details to be provided in a future presentation.  Based on some empirical data, with the help of basic concepts of the physics involved in various aging and/or insulation degradation phenomena, the presentation will explore the potential to achieve a more precise assessment of the cable system, in particular in being able to pinpoint if the bad condition is related to cable aging issue or to insulation degradation issues related to accessories.
      • 10:00AM – 10:15AM    Break Refreshments / Snacks
      • 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM   .” Effect of water treeing in rubber insulated cables on VLF tangent delta values” by Gary Toman EPRI, Andrew Mantey EPRI, Bogdan Fryszczyn CTL
        Very Low Frequency (VLF) dissipation factor measured in the range of 0.5 Uo up to   2.0 Uo is commonly recognized method of assessing insulation degradation due to water treeing in PE and XLPE insulated cables.  Over the years a large body of data was accumulated for this type of insulation.
        The knowledge of the effect of water treeing on 0.1 Hz tangent delta on rubber insulated cables (butyl rubber, black, pink and brown EPR) is much scarcer as the density of treeing in such insulation is lower and the rate of water tree growth is slower than in polyethylene.  It requires about thirty years for rubber insulation to be degraded to the extent in which polyethylene insulation of 1960 and early 1970 degraded in less than ten years.  Rubber insulated cables removed from service in US Nuclear Power Plants after about 30 years or more due to their failure or highly elevated 0.1 Hz tangent delta were subjected to laboratory testing. The strong correlation between 0.1 Hz dissipation factor and their AC breakdown strength will be shown in graphical format for butyl rubber and black EPR insulated cables. For pink and brown EPR only a few examples will be shown as the density of water trees in these types of insulation is much lower than in black EPR.
      • 11:20 AM – 11:50 AM   .” Fourth Presentation”    
      • 11:50 AM – 12:00 NOON  – Wrap – up and adjournement
    • Subcommitee G – Transnational Luncheon (Registration Required) – Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 12:15 – 2:00 PM

      • Cable Fire in Tokyo Area  –Outline of the incident, root cause analysis, preventive measure and replacement works—“, Hideo Tanaka;  Furukawa Electric, Japan, TEPCO Power Grid
      • Large offshore wind farm projects, Krzysztof Bobek;  Andrzej Cichy;  Telefonika Polen
      • 400 kV Tunnel Project in Singapore, Kyung Soo Choi; Thaihan Electric USA
      • DP3 Cable Laying Vessel (CLV) installation of 320 kV DC Extruded submarine cable, Bob Hobson;  NKT USA
      • Jason Allen and the title will be: XLPE Pipe Type Replacement project in UK, Jason Allen; Nexans USA
      • 500kV AC Cable – Type Test meet AEIC, IEC and ICEA Standard, Zhiteng(Tom) Yu Hanhe Cable
      • Branch / Y-joint development for 66  kV inter array connection of high voltage wind turbines and circuits, Tiran Fernando; Prysmian Netherlands
  • Networking Luncheon  (Registration Required) – Monday, October 30, 2017, 12:30 – 2:00 PM

    • “345 kV Bergen-Linden Corridor Underground Project” by Dennis Johnson, POWER Engineers, Inc.
      Abstract: PSE&G’s first 345 kV XLPE cable project, which consists of four circuits with a total circuit length of about 20 miles in Newark, NJ. Project includes two 6500 foot HDD crossings of the Newark Bay.
    • 138 kV Cable Replacement for NASA’s Supersonic Wind Tunnels by Rick Williamson and Ian Stangle, Marmon Utility, LLC
       Abstract:   The presentation will discuss encounters and techniques for replacing a vintage (1950’s) 115kV low-pressure fluid filled cable system (three circuits) with new solid dielectric 138kV cable for NASA’s most operational supersonic wind tunnels. The challenges and victories will be reviewed during the removal process and installation of the new circuit. In addition, the newly installed cable will be described that includes specialized requirements for a wet environment, that is a CPE outer jacket needed after removal of the existing LPFF cable from the conduit system.
    • Use of Transition Joints to Pre-Install Partial Circuit Upgrade, by Nathan Kelley, Prysmian Power Cables & System
      Abstract: Construction sequencing on a substation upgrade project required a partial removal of a very old 35kV SCFF cable.  As the circuit was slated to be upgraded to 69kV in a few years, it was decided to replace a portion of the SCFF circuit with new XLPE cables and use a transition joint to complete the circuit.  Working within tight sight constraints and timeframes, the project teams expedited design and manufacturing of a unique transition joint and completed its installation.  The final configuration will simplify the future uprating of the SCFF line to 69kV, as it will no longer be necessary to perform work in the very tight constraints of the new substation.
    • Fault Current Capabilities of Cable Systems  for Parallel Temporary Protective Grounds Nigel Hampton, Thomas Lancaster & Josh Perkel
      Temporary Protective Grounds (TPG) or Personal Protective Grounds (PPG) are cable systems (cables and clamps) that are used aerially to provide protection for personnel during work on primary equipment.  The appropriate TPG must be applied based on the available fault current at the work location.  When there are higher fault currents, multiple TPGS must be used in parallel.  According to Annex X5.2 of ASTM F-855, Standard Specifications for Temporary Protective Grounds to be Used on De-energized Electric Power Lines & Equipment, users seeking applications for multiple assemblies should perform their own tests to determine the ratings for multiple TPGs per phase for both low and high fault asymmetry conditions.  This work seeks to determine the high asymmetrical rating (F855 H rating) for typical TPG sets. The presentation shows the dynamics of multiple TPG’s and the mechanics / modes of the failure mechanisms. Furthermore, some indications of modeling calculations will be provided suggesting how these specific results might be generalized to other situations
  • Educational Program – Primer on various ICC standards and guides – Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

    • 1:00 – 1:05 – Introduction – Rachel Mosier, PDC, Jared Jajack, AEP
    • 1:05 – 1:35 – All You Need to Know About Guides and Standards – John Merando
    • 1:35 – 2:05 – 1185 – Recommended Practice for Cable Installation in Generating Stations and Industrial Facilities, Gayland Bloethe, Sargent & Lundy
    • 2:05 – 2:35 – 1142 – Guide for the Selection, Testing, Application and Installation of Cables Utilizing Radial and/or Longitudinal Moisture Barriers, Ken Bow, Kable Consult, Mick Bayer, STV Energy Services
    • 2:35 – 3:05 – 400.3 – Guide for Partial Discharge Based on Field Diagnostic Testing of Shielded Power Cable Systems, Jody Levine, Hydro One
    • 3:05 – 3:25 – Break
    • 3:25 – 3:55 – 442 – Guide for Soil Thermal Resistivity Measurements, Nimesh Patel, Geotherm
    • 3:55 – 4:25 – Trial Use Guide for Extending the Life of Power Cables in the Field, Jeff Joy, Consultant
    • 4:25 – 4:55 – Guide for Selecting and Testing Jackets for Power, Instrumentation and Control Cables, Paul Caronia, Dow
    • 4:55 – 5:00 – Closing

0.4 IEEE CEUs will be offered for this session.  You must register in order to receive CEUs.