/images/PowerCableUpdate.jpg/images/southwire_100x70.jpgHypalon (CSPE) or SOLONON? Which one should you choose? HypalonorSOLONONAWhichOneShouldYouChoose.htmWhich one should you choose? What cable jacket performance do you really need? The wealth of options can be confusing. This comparison chart of cable jacket characteristics can help you sort out the right compound for your application.
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Hypalon (CSPE) or SOLONON? Which one should you choose?

Which one should you choose?

What cable jacket performance do you really need? The wealth of options can be confusing. This comparison chart of cable jacket characteristics can help you sort out the right compound for your application.

In addition to mechanical performance, fire and smoke safety has become an issue in cable selection. A major power generator now specifies low-smoke, non-halogen cable jacket compounds like Southwire’s SOLONON and SOLONON-XL for all their hydro and fossil-fuel plants, and a major Southeastern utility has added SOLONON to its approved list. LS-rated non-halogen cable jackets eliminate the corrosive black smoke that traditional jackets can produce.

SOLONON jacket compounds also give you mechanical protection and thermal ratings equal to or better than chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE) compounds such as Hypalon, and SOLONON moisture protection far exceeds CSPE. SOLONON is also a slicker material than CSPE. The lower coefficient of friction reduces pulling tension in conduit installation, so you get easier installation and reduced risk of cable damage. That means higher reliability.

“With consolidation and uncertainty pervading the industry, Hypalon won’t be as readily available as it once was, and price points are apt to see increases,” says Robert Fazio Southwire director of industrial products. “SOLONON is a better-performing alternative to CSPE. SOLONON’s benefits of zero halogen content, increased tensile strength, reduced pulling tension, and improved mechanical and water protection look good even in industrial applications where smoke may not be an issue. It’s also environmentally friendly. What’s more, you can count on Southwire to be here with the product when you need it.”

Cable Jacket Comparison Chart

 

 

PVC

CPE

Hypalon (CSPE)

SOLONON

SOLONON-XL

Physical Properties UL-44

 

 

 

 

 

Tensile Strength (PSI)

Elongation (%)

1500

100

1400

150

1800

300

2000

160

1800

180

Aging Characteristics

(Air oven, 121°C, 168 hrs, per ICEAS-68-516)

 

 

 

 

 

Tensile Strength

(% of un-aged value)

85

85

85

111

100

Elongation

(% of un-aged value)

60

50

65

63

85

Moisture Resistance

(7 days in 70°C water; Lower numbers mean better protection.)

 

 

 

 

 

Mg absorbed/square inch

8

25

35

14.3

6

Oil Resistance, ASTM #2

 

 

 

 

 

Test Temperature (°C)

Time of Immersion (Hrs)

Tensile Strength

(% of un-aged value)

Elongation

(% of un-aged value)

70

4

80

 

60

100

18

60

 

60

121

18

60

 

60

70

4

65

 

85

121

18

80

 

100

Limiting Oxygen Index

(Higher numbers mean more protection)

28

28

30

40

40

Flame Resistance

 

 

 

 

 

20 Min. at 70,000 BTU/Hr, per IEEE 383 Vertical Ladder Tray Test

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Low Temperature Rating

(Cold bend test)

 

 

 

 

 

Temperature Passed (°C)

-10

-35

-30

-40

-40

Coefficient Of Dynamic Friction (µ, in PVC duct; Lower numbers mean easier pulling.)

 

0.35

 

0.35

 

0.5

 

0.35

 

0.35

Halogen Content (%)

29

19

13.5

0.0

0.0

Smoke Density ASTM E662 (Lower numbers mean less smoke generated.)

 

 

 

 

 

Flaming Mode

04.0

DM

Non-Flaming Mode

04.0

DM

 

 

 

325

400

 

325

480

 

2.7

59

 

21

178

 

57

65

 

16

300

Limited Smoke Test

(Pass/Fail UL-1685)

Fail

Fail

Fail

Pass

Pass