The nuclear sector uses many of the same types of cable as normal industrial applications, but they need additional, higher performance characteristics. In particular they need to assure reliable performance for the lifetime of the power plant, minimize the risk of becoming the source of an accident and maintain integrity in a LOCA (loss of coolant accident) scenario.
BASEC accredited product testing provides the independent proof of quality and reliability that manufacturers must demonstrate in order to meet the sector’s challenging technical and regulatory requirements.
BASEC Services for Nuclear Sector
Accredited product testing for manufacturers: We offer testing of cables to ensure they meet the specific requirements and standards demanded by your customers, in the form of an accredited test report.
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Pre-shipment testing, inspection and batch testing for manufacturers: Independent testing of samples prior to despatch gives assurance to your customers of their compliance with all the relevant standards and requirements.
One-off fire testing for manufacturers: Dedicated fire testing in our state of the art fire lab to ensure compliance with the nuclear sector's requirements.
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Investigations and assessments of non-standard cables for manufacturers: Where no national or international standard exists, or for variants from an existing standard, we can provide a Certificate of Assessed Design. This enables manufacturers to offer innovative new designs to the markets, whilst at the same time verifying their quality, safety and fitness for purpose.
Product certification and approval for manufacturers: A comprehensive product testing and approvals service for cable manufacturers with ongoing surveillance testing and regular audits.
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Management systems certification for manufacturers: Enables cable manufacturers and distributors to achieve discrete auditing of management systems, leading to certification of ISO 9001, or integrated auditing to achieve Triple Standard certification for Quality, Safety and Environment, thereby enhancing reputation and competitive advantage.
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Quality assurance checks for contractors: Independent, 3rd party testing gives you the confidence that the cable you are specifying meets your customers’ regulatory and safety requirements. Provides customers with ongoing, independent evidence of quality and safety.
BASEC can perform specific tests relevant to the nuclear sector such as longevity thermal endurance testing and LOCA scenarios, as well as testing for enhanced fire performance.
BASEC can test and certify power distribution cables, control and instrumentation cables, rubber cables and medium voltage cables, as well as bare conductors for ground planes and faraday cages.
We can undertake fire tests to IEC 60332-3 series and IEC 60331 series, smoke emission to IEC 61034-2 and acid and halogens to IEC 60754 series. In addition, we can organise testing to IEEE 383.