The University of Southampton

FEAR - Finite Element Analysis for cable Ratings

2D cable slice image obtained from FEA analysis
High Voltage Engineering, Environmental modelling
National Grid plc

This project aims to validate or improve existing cable ratings methods for high power cable transmission circuits used on the National Grid. FEA models are being developed to deal with a range of circuit configurations to solve for complex circuit designs and geometries. Having benchmarked existing methods for buried cable circuits, both with and without forced cooling, the project investigated the possible thermal constraints posed by cable joints. The next phase of work will involve thermal modelling of cable crossings.

Primary investigators

Secondary investigator

  • zh2g09


  • National Grid

Associated research groups

  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering
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