How Can Material Characterization Support Cable Aging Management?

  • David RouisonEmail author
  • Marzieh Riahinezhad
  • Anand Anandakumaran
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)


Low voltage (LV) power, control and instrumentation cables are essential to the safe and reliable operations of nuclear power plants (NPPs). However, considering the huge consumption of cables in NPPs, it is impractical and cost prohibitive to replace cables when they reach the end of their design life. As a result, condition monitoring and aging management of cables is critically important for the life extension of NPPs. The aging of LV cables is characterized by the degradation of the polymeric insulation and jacket materials leading to their mechanical failure or the loss of their ability to withstand critical conditions. This paper focuses on studying material characterization techniques (already existing and new) to monitor the change in polymeric material properties and also to establish a general framework between material properties and ageing conditions that could assist in predicting the condition of cables and estimating their remaining life.


Low voltage cables Condition monitoring Aging Material properties Polymer characterization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Rouison
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marzieh Riahinezhad
    • 1
  • Anand Anandakumaran
    • 1
  1. 1.Kinectrics Inc.TorontoCanada

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