Dow E&T Presents Improvements in XLPE Insulation Allowing Enhancements to Performance MV Cables

Horgen, Switzerland - March 03, 2014 -

Dow Electrical and Telecommunications (Dow E&T), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), will present a paper during the AMI International Conference on Cables 2014, taking place from 11 to 13 March in Cologne, Germany.

Dr. Stephen Cree, Senior Development Specialist, will address the session on 13th March on new raw materials and additive solutions, presenting the findings of recent studies into water tree retardant properties of peroxide crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE). He will explain how water tree growth in XLPE insulation can be a major contributing factor in the observed reduction of aged cable breakdown strength.

Dr. Cree will present the findings of laboratory tests that demonstrate how the addition of water tree additives to XLPE insulation can minimize that reduction, contributing to longer life for Medium Voltage (MV) cables. He will present the applied learnings in the development of the enhanced performance of DOW ENDURANCE™ HFDC-4202 EC cable which exhibits superior retention of breakdown strength following wet ageing. This offers the potential for new cable designs and new applications.

Attracting close to 300 international delegates from across the wire and cable value chain, the conference is recognized as the leading forum looking at polymer developments in the cables industry, and brings together cable producers, raw materials suppliers and equipment manufacturers. The conference aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the latest material, technology and business trends and how these will help improve cable performance and profitability.

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