What was the challenge or problem to solve?
When subjected to high temperatures, such cables were mechanically deformed, causing a risk of loss of functionality of the product, leading to a safety failure that could affect its users.
It was decided to evaluate the influence of high temperatures on the material. To do this, the Forensic Engineering team had to design a new method that would allow for a rigorous quantitative and comparable assessment. This methodology was used to investigate how heat affects the length of the cable.
Experiments helped to determine that cables from a certain supplier subjected to high temperatures suffered a sudden contraction of their length. As a result, a buckling effect appeared in some cases through permanent buckling of the cable, leading to brittle fracture of the cable.
- Development of a new methodology to evaluate the thermal influence and elongation with respect to time.
- Design of experiments to evaluate the parameters of interest.
- Quantitative control of deformation and temperature.
- Comparison of the behaviour of each material under real operating conditions.
- Selection of the optimum alternative for this application, based on the knowledge acquired for this type of cable.
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