Subcommittee F – Field Testing and Diagnostics



The subcommittee considers all issues related to field testing and diagnostics of cables and cable systems.  

Mission Statement:

 The Field Testing and Diagnostics Subcommittee’s mission is to continually advance the understanding of field testing and diagnostics through discussion, and to provide a forum for preparation, and maintenance of standards on field testing and diagnostics of new and service-aged cables and cable systems.

Discussion / Working Groups:

F01W – Guide for Field Testing and Evaluation of Shielded Cables, IEEE 400 (P400)
Chair – Ying Li Wen, ConEd,
Vice Chair – Nigel Hampton, NEETRAC,
This guide lists the various field test methods that are currently available or under development. The guide covers shielded, insulated power cable systems rated 5 kV and above. The guide describes the tests and gives advantages and disadvantages, suggested applications, and typical results. Complete guides covering some of the test methods listed are available in the form of IEEE 400 “point” documents

F02W – Guide for Field Testing of Laminated Dielectric, Shielded Power Cable Systems Rated 5 kV and Above with High Direct Current Voltage, IEEE 400.1 (P400.1)
Chair – Bill Larzelere, Evergreen High Voltage,
Vice Chair – Johannes Rickmann, Phenix Technologies,
  Revision of guide on DC Field Testing of laminated Power Cable Systems.

F03W – Guide for Field Testing of Shielded Power Cable Systems Using Very Low Frequency (VLF) (P400.2)
Chair – John Densley, ArborLec Solutions Inc.,
Vice Chair – Tim Hayden, National Grid,
This guide is intended to provide troubleshooting and testing personnel with information to test shielded medium voltage cable systems using very low frequency techniques.
This guide describes very low frequency (VLF) withstand and diagnostic tests and
the measurements that are performed in the field on service-aged shielded medium
voltage cables with extruded and laminated dielectric insulation. VLF test methods utilize
ac signals at frequencies less than 1 Hz. The most commonly used, commerically
available, VLF test frequency is 0.1 Hz. Whenever possible, cable systems are treated in
a similar manner to individual cables. Tables are included of the recommended test
voltage levels for installation, acceptance and maintenance tests.

F04W – Guide for Partial Discharge Testing of Shielded Power Cable Systems in a Field Environment. (P400.3)
Chair – Jody Levine, Hydro One Networks,
Vice Chair – Mark Walton, General Cable,
To develop the standard for partial discharge testing of shielded power cable systems in a field environment.

F05W – Damped AC Voltage Testing (P400.4)
Chair – Ed Gulski, AG,
Vice Chair – Ralph Patterson,Power Products & Solutions,
Collect and evaluate experimental data and information required for the preparation of a Guide for Field Testing of Shielded Power Cables Using Damped AC Voltages.
Provide procedures and parameters for testing and diagnosis of shielded power cables using damped AC voltages.

F06W – DC Field Testing of Extruded Cable Systems (P400.5)
Chair – Bill Larzelere, Evergreen High Voltage,
Vice Chair – Johannes Rickmann, Phenix Technologies,
To discuss DC testing of extruded dielectric cables in the field. This will include, but is not limited to low voltage diagnostic methods and results for new and aged cable systems

F07W – IEEE Guide for Detection, Mitigation, and Control of Concentric Neutral Corrosion in Medium-Voltage Underground Cables (P1617)
Chair – Martin von Herrmann, The VON Corporation,
Vice Chair – Nadim Giotis, ONCOR,
To provide a forum for discussions related to cable neutral corrosion and collect relevant data in order to issue a guide covering control of neutral corrosion.

F10D –  Diagnostic Testing for Cable Joints & Terminations
Chair – Jeff Joy, Seattle City Light,
Vice Chair – Vacant
To investigate present and developing proactive diagnostic techniques for the evaluation of power cable joints and terminations on newly installed and in-service transmission and distribution cable systems. This task group will focus on field data and results rather than diagnostic methodologies.

F11W – Resonant Testing
Chair – Mark Fenger, Kinectrics Inc.,
Vice Chair – Randy Denman, Southwire Company,

F12W – Guide for Fault Locating on Shielded Power Cables (P1234)
Chairman – Rachel Mosier, Power Delivery Consultants,
Vice Chairman – Martin von Herrmann, The VON Corporation,
The introduction of cables with extruded dielectric insulation and of modern splicing technology has imposed new standards and restrictions on cable fault locating. The arbitrary use of high voltages and energies during AC, DC and surge testing of service-aged power cable systems with extruded dielectric insulation frequently overstresses insulation defects which become faults after cables are returned to service. The Working Group will develop a guide to provide troubleshooting and testing personnel with information to quickly identify a faulted cable section or locate a cable fault with minimum risk to further damaging serviceable cables, terminations, and equipment.
The Working Group will develop and maintain a guide for cable fault locating on shielded power cable systems. It is intended to emphasize those fault locating techniques which maintain cable integrity, reduce customer outage time, consider equipment sensitivity and which do not compromise on personnel and equipment safety. This guide applies to all insulated, shielded power cable systems.

W = Working Group (Prepares/Maintains a document such as a standard, guide or paper)
D = Discussion Group (Provides a forum for discussion on a focused topic.)
Working groups have the PAR # in parenthesis.