The SPIKE Tool — Lab Test
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The videos below show the SPIKE Tool piercing various common live single conductor cables under varying fault current conditions. They also have different grounding conditions which should be reviewed carefully. These videos were taken as part of the testing by Kinetrics. They show the performance of the SPIKE Tool under severe but possible field conditions. More importantly they show the energy released when a live conductor is pierced at high fault current levels. The tool performs well and the videos show clearly why remote operation, via a lanyard, is necessary for personnel safety.
Lab Test 1 — Test 3234
12 kA, 15 Cycles General Cable, 500 MCM, Copper, 15kV Ungrounded
Lab Test 1 — Test 3235
12 kA, 15 Cycles General Cable, 500 MCM, Copper, 15kV Grounded Spike Tool with U-Bolt
Lab Test 1 — Test 3236
12 kA, 15 Cycles Prysmian 750 MCM, Aluminum, 15 kV Grounded Spike Tool with 25mm Ball Stud