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Challenge Detecting Deterioration in Underground Fluid Filled Cables

Detecting Deterioration in Underground Fluid Filled Cables

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 287
Posted: Feb 12 2019
Challenge ID: 9934145
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The Seeker wishes to find a new method or technology that can accurately and promptly detect the deterioration of single phase oil filled cables before or at the moment of the onset of effects/consequences.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


The Challenge relates to underground cables in High Voltage (HV) distribution networks in urban areas. More specifically, the Challenge addresses the deterioration of the outer sheath/layer that is made of lead tube. When this layer approaches the end of the material’s lifetime (~40 years) deterioration can be found (cracks or holes, for example, as a result of corrosion), not only in the form of small, discrete damage but also as continuous deterioration that affects long lengths of the cables.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 13, 2019

Late submissions will not be considered.

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