A Test in Harsh Environments
Design, test and manufacture a large number of fire resistant cable joints in a limited time that could be quickly and easily installed.
The North Sea presents some of the harshest operating conditions for marine installations and products. The average temperature in the North Sea during the summer months is 17°C while in winter, a season of frequent gales and storms, the average temperature is 6°C while salinity averages 34-35g of salt per liter of water.
The North Sea is prone to storm surges, an offshore rise of water associated with a low pressure weather system caused primarily by high winds pushing on the oceans' surface. TE's Raychem challenge was to design, test and manufacture a large number of fire resistant cable joints in a limited time that could be quickly and easily installed.
TE implemented an accelerated development program to design, test and manufacture a range of rugged, high-performance and long-lasting products. The program resulted in the development of a wide range of fire resistant LV and MV joints for control, communications and power cables that satisfied the customer’s stringent specifications.
The resilience and reliability of these specially engineered TE solutions is borne out by the fact that they are still in operation more than 40 years after they were installed!