Burlington Electrical Testing

Cable Fault Location


Although today’s power cable is designed for long life, failures can still be experienced. BET has taken cable fault locating from a hit or miss “art” to an exact “science.” The most common cause of failure is poor workmanship in the splicing and terminating of the cables. Even properly installed cables are subject to conditions such as overheating, excessive moisture, corrosive environments and aging of the insulation.

BET specializes in Cable Locating and Fault Location, using two methods of detection: The Terminal Measurement and the Tracer Method. These test procedures locate and identify short circuits, low resistance shunt faults, open circuits, high resistance series faults, wet sections, splices, transformers, cable transitions and concentric neutral corrosion. In addition, high resistance, intermittent, and flashover faults can be identified.

Our Terminal Measurement tests use a digital Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR) as a “cable radar” using a pulse-echo process to provide visual indications of cable faults. The TDR sends periodic pulses in the cable, as the pulse travel along the cable, a fraction of the pulse energy is reflected back from the fault to the test set. All reflections are displayed on the LCD. Any reflecting surfaces, cable start, joints, splices, transformers, faults, changes in cable type, as well as cable end, are shown in time sequence.

BET’s Tracer Method employs a capacitive discharge or “Thumper” technique used in conjunction with electro-magnetic and acoustical detection instruments. In this method an electrical impulse of sufficient voltage is transmitted along the cable to Arc over a break in the cable insulation. The arc can then be detected by sight or sound, or via the detection instruments. This helps permit the restoration of services with minimum labor and the least stress on customer and utility equipment.

In cases of lengthy cable runs it is beneficial to use both methods in order to reduce the time required to locate the exact point of cable failure. Once faults are identified, cable section replacement or fault repair can then be performed when scheduling permits.


NFPA 70E 2021

Is your site NFPA 2021 compliant? Is your staff "qualified" or "unqualified" to work on electrical equipment?

Burlington Electrical Testing conducts onsite Arc Flash Hazard Awareness training which provides an understanding of the federal laws (OSHA), potential dangers, as well as the accepted safety practices when personnel are to be exposed to electrical hazards.

This includes defining an arc flash and its effects on the human body, complying with Arc Flash labeling, and the selection and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The Arc Flash Hazard Awareness class is to be part of your overall electrical safety program; therefore, your staff will require a working knowledge of the electrical equipment at their facility, along with the tools, test equipment and available PPE.

The one day class is presented by an instructor certified by NFPA, and the NJACT / NECA to instruct Electrical Safety Related Work Practices based on NFPA70E 2018. Curriculum follows the accompanying Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices text modules and will focus on:

1. Electrical Safety Culture
2. Electrical Hazard Awareness
3. OSHA and NFPA 70E concepts
4. Electrical Safety Program
5. The Control of Hazardous Energy
6. Arc Flash Hazard Analysis
7. Personal Protective Equipment
8. Existing Electrical Equipment

For scheduling and quotations please call:
(215) 826-9400

About Us

Burlington Electrical Testing is a testing and verification firm with more than 35 years of experience in electrical maintenance testing, acceptance testing, electrical certification, and engineering evaluations of electrical distribution equipment.


Burlington Electrical Testing
300 Cedar Avenue
Croydon, PA 19021
Phone: (215) 826-9400
Fax: (215) 826-0964