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Thursday, 22 April 2021

Thousands of Cleats Supplied to Major Nuclear Project

Leading manufacturer of cable glands, cleats and accessories, CMP Products, has supplied thousands of products to the world’s largest experimental nuclear fusion project

The ITER research reactor will mimic the sun’s nuclear processes aiming to produce its first plasma in December 2025, potentially paving the way for fusion power of the future.

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Approximately 50,000 of CMP’s SDSS Patriot trefoil and 2BC Falcon single cable cleats were installed across 94km distance of cables, which are capable of withstanding short circuits of 135kA (Patriot) and 110kA peak (Falcon).

CMP’s dedicated cleat R&D team carried out short circuit calculations and analysis in support of the bid, which drew from a bank of several hundred tests previously conducted in CMP’s research centre.

A detailed guide was presented to the nuclear installation teams, advising spacing and fixing requirements, taking into account axial load calculations and maximising the limited physical space.

Kathleen Kearns, European Manager, said:

“We are seeing significant demand for products for the nuclear market and our work with ITER, demonstrates our ability to provide suitably certified and tested products for this complex industry.

“Our experienced cable cleats development team spent a great deal of time  interrogating the project specification, liaising with ITER, to ensure that the product offering suited the application and could be installed with ease.”

CMP provided a series of installation training sessions, demonstrating best practice methods to installers. The team also visited the site to carry out  hands-on product training, drawing from similar  project experiences.

Jean-Baptiste Praud, who was pivotal in securing the project for CMP said:

“It was a major opportunity for CMP to become involved in this groundbreaking project and to work so closely with the client and their subcontractors to ensure we had a complete understanding of the project requirements.

“CMP has demonstrated its ‘nuclear safety culture’ through internal training specifically tailored around the nuclear industry and recently achieving ‘Fit4Nuclear’ status developed by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.”

Since launching the product range in 2015, the business has seen the product line go from strength to strength, exploring new markets and investing in a 50,000sq. ft facility dedicated to the development, design and manufacture of cable cleats.

Learn more about CMP’s cable cleat range here.