Recently Funded Projects

Prediction of Remaining Useful Life (RUL) of Aerial Bundled Cables (ABC) in Coastal Area

Principal Investigator's Organization (PIO):
PNEC, NUST, Karachi
Principal Investigator (PI):
Dr Faisal Amir
Partner Organization(s)
K-electric, Karachi
Project Details:
Duration
Budget PKR 9.3 Million
Executive Summary

Wouldn’t it be useful to know the lifespan of any given thing or object? This project is addressing a pain point that is known to every citizen… lifespan of ABC (Aerial Bundled Cables) that are overhead power lines using multiple insulated phase conductors bundled tightly together. The primary goal of the project is to predict the remaining useful life of ABC cable installed in Karachi in recent past.


These cables are less prone to electricity pilferage and theft. Moreover, the cables offer safety and reliability, reduce power losses and ultimate system economy through cost reduction in the installation and operations.


Karachi Electric (KE) has recently used these cables in Karachi for power transmission instead of standard copper cables to avoid electricity theft. However, the performance and life of such cables in coastal areas is not known due to less frequent usage of these cables. Karachi Electric, premier company supplying power to the metropolis is interested in finding the degradation rate of the cables with respect to environmental conditions including moisture, thermal and mechanical loading conditions to facilitate and schedule repair and replacement action well in time to avoid sudden power failures.


Wouldn’t it be useful to know the lifespan of any given thing or object? This project is addressing a pain point that is known to every citizen… lifespan of ABC (Aerial Bundled Cables) that are overhead power lines using multiple insulated phase conductors bundled tightly together. The primary goal of the project is to predict the remaining useful life of ABC cable installed in Karachi in recent past.

 

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