Cable and Materials Testing

Testing of cables, umbilicals and their components at BPP Renewables in-house or at approved external test facilities, using recognised international standards including ANSI, API, ASTM, ICEA, IEC, ISO, NEMA and NACE.

Mechanical Testing

Testing in BPP’s Laboratory


  • Combined torsion balance and tension
  • Combined tension and bending (reeling)
  • Fatigue loading
  • Hydrostatic loading
  • Impact and point loading

AC/DC Cable Testing

Typical Test Results and Defects


  • Current rating
  • Conductor & insulation resistance
  • Screen resistivity
  • Partial discharge (PD)
  • Loss angle (tan δ or dissipation factor)
  • Capacitance, inductance
  • Heating cycle voltage
  • Current rating (or ampacity)

Material Analysis

Custom Made Cable Bend Testing Rig


  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • Thermal ageing
  • Environmental Stress Cracking (ESC)
  • Hydrogen embrittlement (HE) & analysis
  • Sulphide stress cracking (SSC) and stress corrosion cracking (SCC)
  • Microscopic examination & SEM
  • Chemical and mechanical testing


SEM and Microscopic Analysis
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