Document Type thesis Author Name Murphy, Jill E. URN etd-0114104-132801 Title Determination of Failure Criteria for Electric Cables Exposed to Fire for Use in a Nuclear Power Plant Risk Analysis Degree MS Department Fire Protection Engineering Advisors Jonathan Barnett, Advisor Keywords nuclear power plant electric cables fire Date of Presentation/Defense 2004-01-13 Availability unrestricted
The vulnerability of electrical cables exposed to a fire environment is of particular concern to the nuclear power plant community. The community is interested in data that could be used for predicting cable failures during a fire situation. For this reason, a cable test program was conducted using two different types of cable insulation. Several different exposure heat fluxes were tested, as well as different test arrangements such as cable trays and conduits. The program revealed that a single failure temperature for all cable types is not recommended, but if it is necessary a reasonable temperature could be chosen for the thermosets tested in this project.
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