AMS Participates in the EPRI Cable User Group Meeting
In June 2022, AMS participated in the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Cable User Group Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. The meeting attracted experts from the industry to share cable aging management implementation issues, best practices, research needs, and operating experiences with other attendees.
Several AMS employees attended the event including Cable Engineering Manager Mr. Casey Sexton, Lead Engineer of our Materials Testing Laboratory Mr. Trevor Toll, and Applications Engineer Mr. Adam Deatherage.
In addition to networking with other industry experts, AMS had the opportunity to share our experiences and latest work on cable aging management. Mr. Sexton gave an overview presentation on a Pathway II project entitled “Development of Cable Aging Acceptance Criteria for Nuclear Facilities.” The aim of the project is to develop acceptance criteria for mechanical, electrical, thermal, and chemical condition monitoring tests that trend with age-related degradation of electrical cables.
Mr. Deatherage also gave a presentation during the conference on an AMS testing strategy to help satisfy GALL requirements. Plant Life Extension (PLEX) cable testing employs a variety of cable testing techniques to evaluate connectors, conductors, insulation materials, shielding, jacket materials, and end devices, and uses that information to establish acceptance criteria. By using PLEX cable testing, AMS is able to help nuclear power plants satisfy license renewal commitments and avoid premature replacement of components.
We had a great time learning about how other experts in the industry are working to address cable aging management needs, and we look forward to the next EPRI Cable User Group meeting.
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