Testing ACCC Conductor
Testing ACCC conductor, its composite core and ancillary hardware components began in 2003 and continues to this day. The magnitude of the testing is remarkable and the results outstanding. Initial testing was undertaken to ensure performance targets were met and enable CTC Global to share the results with customers. Industry standard test protocols were also completed to assess overall conductor and hardware performance. Additional test protocols were developed to provide further insight into performance and longevity. Examples include work done by EPRI and EDF in collaboration to better understand the properties of composite materials. American Electric Power – who now have over 5,000 km of CTC Global ACCC in service also developed a Sequential Mechanical Test to assess ACCC and compare it to other conductors. A number of universities and international laboratories continue to explore the limits of composite materials which is helping CTC Global raise the performance bar even higher.