Nuclear power plant cables are among the most basic components of the utility’s electrical system. There are many different types of nuclear power cables, as well as cables for use in industrial and power station settings. 

Even if you have basic knowledge of power plant cables, there may be some details that are new to you. Here are some things you may not know:

Nuclear Power Plant Cables Don’t Last Forever

It’s easy to believe that a new cable installed at a nuclear power plant will do its job for many years to come. While nuclear power plant cables are designed with durability and longevity in mind, they often fail sooner than you expect.

Some of the factors that affect the longevity of a nuclear power plant cable include:

  • The manufacturer
  • The materials used
  • Type of power cable
  • How it’s used
  • How often it’s used
  • How the installation is completed
  • Exposure to damaging conditions, such as radiation, extreme heat or moisture 

You hope that every nuclear power cable you rely on will last forever, but don’t be surprised if this doesn’t happen.

Moisture is Always a Concern

There’s never a good time for nuclear power cables to come in contact with moisture. Not only does this impact the functionality of the cord and electrical system, but it’s also a safety hazard.

Keep in mind that cable armor doesn’t protect power cables from moisture. Water can destroy the armor, thus leading to the exposure of the power cable to water. 

Conclusion

With so much to understand, it’s easy to overlook one of the details above (among many others). 

Fortunately, when it comes to nuclear power plant cables and cables for industrial or electric power station use, there are many options to choose from. 

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can provide you with guidance, advice and all the products you need to put your mind at ease.