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Lifespan of ABC Lines in Moist / Wet Environments

Aerial Bundled Cable (ABC) is an innovative concept for Over Head (OH) power distribution. These cables have an aluminium core that is covered by an XLPE insulation. XLPE is an UV Resistant and Environmentally tested plastic which helps protect the cables from environmental degradation and theft from consumers. When compared to conventional bare conductor OH distribution systems, ABC provides higher safety and reliability, lower power losses, stability in voltage regulation and ultimate system economy by reducing installation, maintenance and operation cost. As a result, this system is ideal for rural distribution and especially attractive for installation in difficult terrain such as hilly areas, dense forests, coastal regions, etc.

The paper “Presenting a new method to estimate the remaining life of Aerial Bundled Cable Network” published in 2015 at the 23rd International Conference on Electricity Distribution and the paper “Review of recent research towards power cable life cycle management” mentioned earlier, both state that the most influential factor in aging ABC cables is the use of non-standard cable connectors, accessories and clamps because they allow water ingress which slowly damages the cable. 

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