Mica tape and XLPE insulation compound are two different components used in the manufacture of medium voltage (MV) cables up to 35kV.
Mica tape is a type of insulation material made from thin sheets of mica that are backed with a heat-resistant adhesive. It is commonly used as a layer of insulation in cables and wires to provide thermal and electrical insulation.
XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) insulation compound is a type of thermosetting plastic material that is used to insulate the conductor in cables. It has high resistance to temperature, chemical, and moisture, making it an ideal choice for medium voltage cables.
When used together in a cable, the mica tape provides additional thermal insulation to the XLPE insulation, improving the cable’s overall performance and durability.