The survival artist among cables

Bietigheim-Bissingen, (PresseBox) - HRADIL Spezialkabel have created a new optical hybrid cable PR44, constructed on the basis of a new high-tech material, basalt fibre. The new HRADIL optical hybrid cable is practically indestructible, permanently unbreakable, and still retains its functionality at temperatures up to +890°

With their new optical hybrid cable PR44, Hradil Spezialkabel GmbH of Bietigheim have come up with a survival artist as regards functionality. The technical background to it: the cables sheath is made of basalt fibre. This material is made from mineral fibres produced from , an alkaline volcanic rock. The fibres are produced from molten basalt at temperatures between 1,400°C and 1,500°C, and are green-brown in colour. Originally developed for the thermal insulation material of nuclear reactors, they are processed as continuous filaments.

High-tech basalt fibre.
An unbreakable, fire-resistant material.

The material properties of basalt are impressive With a tensile strength of up to 4,840 MPa and a compressive strength of 93 Gpa, a cable sheath made of basalt fibre is just about mechanically indestructible. Operational temperature range: from -260°C to +890°C. Upper temperature limit: +890°C. Melting temperature: +1,500 °C.

Optical hybrid for really tough applications close to the limit

IThe HRADIL engineers have airtightly embedded a metal tube made of VA, diameter 5 mm, in the basalt material. Depending on the task required, the metal tube is configured in turn with a varying number of optical and copper conductors for the transmission of control and data signals. Despite its outstanding protective properties, the new HRADIL optical hybrid cable is extremely lightweight, unlike armoured cables, for example. It is intended for use in permanent installations, e.g. in the cabling of buildings or tunnels. HRADIL have also designed a special optical hybrid cable for an Austrian cableway, whereby the cable is braided into the cableway suspension rope.

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