This article presents the development and application of a modelling approach based on quantities obtained from mechanical and electrical tests to assess the aging of low voltage cable insulation for nuclear applications. In order to obtain experimental data needed for the establishing of the models, accelerated aging is performed on coaxial cables. The first part of this paper focuses on the development of a predictive modelling for mechanical properties; this allows the evaluation of the Dose to Equivalent Damage (DED) as a function of the aging stress (dose rate). However, the use of mechanical tests for cable aging assessment presents some problems, being such tests destructive for the insulation and potentially affected by local defects. The novelty of this work lays on the introduction of a new model, allowing the definition of the end-of-life point in terms of electrical non-destructive tests. The second part of this article presents the development of aging modelling of cable insulation and correlation with experimental data obtained at different stresses, which allow the estimation of the expected life of the cable under test to be derived from diagnostic measurements of electrical properties like, e.g, tan delta . Finally, the application of the proposed life model to two typical real-condition nuclear environments is presented and discussed.

Aging Modeling of Low-Voltage Cables Subjected to Radio-Chemical Aging

Suraci S. V.
;
Fabiani D.
2021

Abstract

This article presents the development and application of a modelling approach based on quantities obtained from mechanical and electrical tests to assess the aging of low voltage cable insulation for nuclear applications. In order to obtain experimental data needed for the establishing of the models, accelerated aging is performed on coaxial cables. The first part of this paper focuses on the development of a predictive modelling for mechanical properties; this allows the evaluation of the Dose to Equivalent Damage (DED) as a function of the aging stress (dose rate). However, the use of mechanical tests for cable aging assessment presents some problems, being such tests destructive for the insulation and potentially affected by local defects. The novelty of this work lays on the introduction of a new model, allowing the definition of the end-of-life point in terms of electrical non-destructive tests. The second part of this article presents the development of aging modelling of cable insulation and correlation with experimental data obtained at different stresses, which allow the estimation of the expected life of the cable under test to be derived from diagnostic measurements of electrical properties like, e.g, tan delta . Finally, the application of the proposed life model to two typical real-condition nuclear environments is presented and discussed.
Suraci S.V.; Fabiani D.
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