Shipbuilding requires special cables that are non-combustible and self-extinguishing. Marine cables should specifically have the property of resisting flame propagation. ERDA is well equipped for all types of fire behaviour related testing for cable. It has one of the prime laboratories which is facilitated to evaluate all types of cables up to 245 kV voltage rating.
Tests for Fire retardant cables
To evaluate the flammability characteristic of cables and the insulating materials, various tests are specified. The Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) has also included various flammability tests in cable specifications.
Major test facilities available at ERDA
Following test facilities are available at ERDA for evaluation of FR, FRLS, LSZH and fire survival cables as per national and international standards at ERDA’s state-of-the-art testing facilities.