Resin Cable Joints

Resin Cable Joints

Cable Joints &

Cable Jointing Resins

Resin cable joints are suitable for low voltage jointing of cables with XLPE, EPR, PVC or PILC insulation, 1.5-400sqmm, 600/1000v up to 3.3kV – Thorne & Derrick stock and distribute the most complete range of cable joints.

  • Power Cables
  • Control Cables
  • Instrumentation Cables
  • Hazardous Areas

Resin cable joints specially modified for oil, petrochemical, gas, mines, telecoms, rail and industrial cables are available – suitable for direct burial (underground) or onto cable containment.

  • Straight/Inline
  • Branch (T or Y)
  • Multi-Service
  • Transition
  • Pot-end

3M hazardous area resin cable joints are surrounded within a specialised joint shell once the joint has been completed electrically, which is flame retardant, hydrocarbon resistant and halogen free.

The cable joint is then filled with a 1402FR polyurethane Scotchcast resin which has been highly modified by chemical additives which make the resin flame retardant, halogen free and virtually unaffected by immersion in either hydro-carbons or chemical solvents.

3M Scotchcast LV Resin Cable Joints

3M Scotchcast LV Resin Cable Joint Kit Type Resin Resin Mould Power Telecom Instrumentation & Control
Standard 470W Translucent Yes Yes No
Premium 40A Transparent Yes No No
Hazardous Area 1402FR Translucent Yes Yes Yes

Resins for Jointing Cables

2 part cable resin is quick to mix and pour using a Closed Pour delivery systems of the resin into the cable joint shell – specialist cable jointing resins include hydrocarbon resistant, low smoke zero halogen, fire resistant and flame retardant.

The Scotchcast resin bag is designed to remove any chance of skin contact and reduce vapour inhalation from the resin itself, giving the user superb control over the resin mixing and pouring process and avoiding unnecessary spills and wastage.

Resin Volumes

Occasionally, cable jointers experience resin shortages when filling cable joint shells with resin encapsulant compounds.

Most cable joint kits include sufficient cable jointing resin to fill the joint shell even in the absence of the cable when selected in accordance with manufacturers Cable Joint Kit Selection Guides. Therefore a few simple checks are required.

Some cable jointers could prefer a larger sized cable jointing shell to provide greater workroom in the joint shell where transition or crossed-core cable joints need to be installed in a cable trench.

On larger cable conductors where it is difficult to handle and operate cable crimping tools in confined and cramped working conditions the Jointer could select mechanical shearbolt connectors for jointing copper to aluminium and dissimilar sized conductors. Or, it could be that there has been a step down in cable conductor sizes.

In both cases, this means that there would be more space left within the cable joint mould because the jointing resin would displace less volume leading to an apparent shortage of resin. Resin capacities in most cable joints make no allowances for this, and would very probably mean that more, ‘top up’ resin would be needed.

3M Scotchcast LV Resin Bags

3M Scotchcast LV Resin Bags

Hydrocarbon Resistant Resin

Due to their chemical formulation, cold pour electrical resins can decay in the presence of hydro-carbons or chemical solvents.

The polymer chain “backbone” of the resin is attacked and, once broken by hydrocarbon or chemical solvents, the resin will revert back to its original liquid components.

Rapid deterioration is most clearly pronounced in low cost, standard PUR resin. Epoxy resins offer better performance over these low cost resins, but can also be adversely affected when exposed to some of the test liquids.

3M 1402FR high quality, highly modified polyurethane resin, demonstrates superior performance above all the other resin types making it ideal for 3M hazardous area cable joints covering instrumentation, control cables and power cables rated up to 3.3kV.

Resin Specification 3M Scotchcast 470W Resin (Standard) 3M Scotchcast 470W Resin (Premium) 3M Scotchcast 1402FR Hydrocarbon Resistant Resin (Hazardous Area)
Type Polyetherunethane Polyetherurethane Polyurethane
Form 2 Part Resin 2 Part Resin 2 Part
Density (g/cm³) 1.16 1.07 1.6
Viscosity at 23°C (Pas) 0.9 0.9 2.5
Hardness (Shore D) 59 57 75
Elongation At Break (%) 90 50 2
Pot Life At 23°C (min) 20 20 20
Dielectric Strength (kV/mm) 20 24 20
Exotherm Reaction (°C) – Temp 40°C 90 95 65

Cable Joint Shells & Moulds

Single piece cable joint shell wraps around the cable preventing resin leakage associated with traditional two-part “snaplock” style torpedo design cable joints. Joint shell provides excellent cable sealing, preventing moisture ingress and allowing working space for cross-core cable jointing and transitions (XLPE to PILC).

Conductor Connectors

Resin cable joints accept compression (crimp) type connectors with sufficient working space within the cable joint shell to accommodate crimping tools or range taking mechanical shearbolt connectors suitable for connecting copper and aluminium conductors.

Jointing Armoured & Unarmoured Cables

Both steel wire armoured (SWA), aluminium wire armoured (AWA) and galvanised steel wire braid (GSWB) cables can be jointed. 3M resin joints utilise sections of tinned copper earth braid and constant force springs to provide armour earth continuity across the cable joint – this avoids difficult manipulation and bending of armour wires by the cable jointer when trying to fit worm drive clips over support rings.

The earthing method for LV cables provides excellent electrical contact for earth fault protection across the resin joint.

Resin Cable Joints – Benefits

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Resin Cable Joints – Features & Benefits Of 3M Scotchcast Cable Jointing Systems

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