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Cables for Power Systems: Part One

This course is designed to give you a concise yet comprehensive overview of all the main aspects of power cable engineering, from initial design and specification to ongoing asset management.

The aim of the course is to deliver a thorough initial grounding in power cables, joints and terminations, including current best practice and standard operational procedures. The course will assess what is currently available in the cables market, including the latest cable technology, as well as the issues surrounding cable installation and testing.

A highly experienced team of speakers has been selected for their cables experience and expertise, and they will be available throughout the course for you to discuss your cable projects and problems.

Day one

Basic Cable Design & Types

  • Definition of a cable
  • LV, MV and HV
  • Protective multiple earthing

Materials & Manufacture

  • How power cables are made, what materials are used and why
  • Processes used in the manufacture of power cables
  • Important characteristics of cable insulation, especially for higher voltage cables

Cable Ratings

  • Current rating reference documents
  • Current rating of cables
  • Temperature rating of cables
  • Rating factors

Day two

Joints & Terminations

  • How power cables are joined together and connected to equipment
  • Role and importance of joints and terminations in power cable networks
  • Various types of accessories in use by UK utilities and industry

Cable Installation

  • Routes-excavation techniques
  • Cable laying, survey, contractor, costs

Standards & Specifications

  • Rules for design and performance of power cables and their accessories
  • Understanding of the various types of cable and accessory standards, what they are for, who makes and controls them, and what are their benefits and limitations

Fault Location

  • Typical fault causes and symptoms
  • Effects and implications

Fault Analysis

  • Best Practice to minimise cable and accessory service failures
  • Understanding why cables and accessories may fail in service, and what can be done to maximise their reliability

Programme may be subject to amendment

As a result of attending the course delegates will develop skills that are in short supply and will gain:

  • A thorough grounding in the fundamentals of cables and cable engineering
  • A knowledge of current operational and design practice including cable ratings and selection
  • An understanding of cable installation policies and how to reduce the risk of costly errors in cable system design and installation
  • An insight into cable failure mechanisms and cable fault location
  • An understanding of best practice to optimise performance and prevent expensive failures

EA Technology has extensive expertise in cable engineering, has pioneered condition assessment technologies and is a leading centre of forensic investigation of cable faults at all voltages. Our training is delivered in the Power Skills Centre by leading experts in cable technology.

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Course duration: 2 days


CPD Information


EA Technology are accredited members of the CPD certification service. This course counts towards your planned CPD requirements.

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