THE USE OF IRRATHENE IRRADIATED POLYETHYLENE IN WIRE AND CABLE,
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO PITTSFIELD MASS CHEMICAL DEVELOPMENT DEPT
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Recent developments and the newest products in the field of irradiated polyethylene are presented. The use of these materials in some typical wire and cable applications is also discussed. To summarize the advantages of Irrathene in these applications, the following qualities are of particular interest to the wire and cable industry High dielectric strength low power factor and dielectric constant, both of which are stable with temperature and frequency non-melting freedom from stress cracking excellent tracking resistance protection against voltage and thermal overloads good mechanical and physical properties good moisture and chemical resistance the ability to shrink under controlled conditions to give a tight sealed wrap.