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Investigate different ways cable insulation can be aged and identify ways of measuring the aging

Measuring Ageing in Cable Insulation

A key driver in the future of offshore wind is ensuring cable longevity. Therefore, being able to predict the lifetime of cable insulation is an often-requested characterisation by our client base. Current market demands are asking if cables with an expected lifetime of 25 years, can instead last 40+ years in service.

In this project, we will test ageing methods and ageing analysis methods to contribute to the longer-term goal of writing an improved standard for a test that can accurately estimate cable lifetime. The intern will age some cross-linked polyethylene via exposure to heat, UV radiation and mechanical deformation. Following ageing, several test methods will be performed to see which method best describes material ageing.

The intern will investigate which aging method is most effective at degrading the insulation and which aging method is most realistic. In addition, they will find out which (if any) testing methods can capture gradual decrease in a material’s properties, which methods can discriminate between aging methods.

The intern will produce a report on their findings, including instructions on how to carry out testing procedures.


Key skills and interests

  • Renewable energy
  • Good laboratory practice
  • Experimental design
  • Data analysis
  • Project management
  • Time management


Host company information

ORE Catapult are delivering the UK’s largest clean growth opportunity by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in offshore renewable energy. Our unique facilities, research and engineering capabilities bring together industry and academia and drive innovation.

Address: Offshore House, Albert St, Blyth NE24 1LZ
Key contact: David Hoyle

Visit ORE Catapult website for more information about the host company

CREST Awards

This project has been designed to help students achieve a GOLD CREST Award. Download the CREST project guide to help you.

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