Frequency Domain Reflectometry Modeling and Measurement for Nondestructive Evaluation of Nuclear Power Plant Cables

  • S. W. GlassEmail author
  • L. S. Fifield
  • A. M. Jones
  • T. S. Hartman
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)


Cable insulation polymers are among the more susceptible materials to age-related degradation within a nuclear power plant. This is recognized by both regulators and utilities, so all plants have developed cable aging management programs to detect damage before critical component failure in compliance with regulatory guidelines. Although a wide range of tools is available to evaluate cables and cable systems, cable aging management programs vary in how condition monitoring and nondestructive examination is conducted as utilities search for the most reliable and cost-effective ways to assess cable system condition. Frequency domain reflectometry (FDR) is emerging as one valuable tool to locate and assess damaged portions of a cable system with minimal cost and only requires access in most cases to one of the cable terminal ends. This work examines a physics-based model of a cable system and relates it to FDR measurements for a better understanding of specific damage influences on defect detectability.


Cable modeling Frequency domain reflectometry Nondestructive evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. W. Glass
    • 1
    Email author
  • L. S. Fifield
    • 1
  • A. M. Jones
    • 1
  • T. S. Hartman
    • 1
  1. 1.Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryRichlandUSA

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