IEEE 1656

IEEE 1656-2010 TESTING PARAMETERS

Reliaguard® manufactures guards to prevent power outages caused by animal and bird contacts on energized equipment. Formed from Reliatanium™, Reliaguard’s proprietary dielectric material, guards are specially designed to protect both common and unique equipment configurations. Reliatanium is formulated to meet specific test criteria of the IEEE Standard 1656™-2010.

The IEEE Guide 1656-2010 is:

  • The Approved Guide for Testing the Electrical, Mechanical and Durability Performance of Wildlife Protective Devices on Overhead Power Distribution Systems Rated up to 38kV.
  • Recognized by the electrical industry as the most comprehensive guideline to date for testing wildlife protective devices on overhead power distribution systems.

Reliatanium Testing includes:

  • Flammability Testing
  • Ultraviolet Aging
  • Tracking and Erosion
  • Resistance
  • Wet Power Frequency Flashover
  • Wet Withstand
When a flashover or contact occurs, cover-up that doesn’t support combustion is important for limiting damage to critical equipment and infrastructure. Reliaguard’s Reliatanium material used in its parts production has achieved a V-0 flammability rating, the highest flammability rating, which means it does not support combustion.

Reliatanium was formulated to meet the specific testing guidelines outlined in the IEEE 1656 – 2010 Guide. The product material addresses such concerns as UV stability and Flame Retardancy and has been tested to a 38KV rating.

RELIATANIUM Material DESCRIPTION

Material Description

Reliatanium™ is a proprietary material developed by Reliaguard® Inc. which is formulated specifically for bird and animal mitigation products used in high voltage power systems.

Reliatanium was formulated to meet the specific testing guidelines outlined in the IEEE 1656™-2010 Guide. The product material addresses such concerns as UV stability and Flame Retardancy and has been tested to a 38KV rating.

Technical Features

Designed to prevent wildlife caused outages, these guards are tested for application on equipment up to 38kV.
Performance Test # Test Standards Details Test Result
Flammability IEEE 1656™ – 2010 Section 5.9.1 Self-extinguishing, no drips V-0
Ultraviolet Aging IEEE std 1656™ – 2010 Section 5.6 After completing 1000 hours, no perceived changes to the condition of test samples. Completed
Tracking and Erosion Resistance IEC 60587 6 hrs (Full duration of test) Achieved @ 2KV
Wet Power Frequency Flashover IEEE Std 1656™-2010 Section 5.3 Average flashover value of all samples greater than 90% of the value obtained on the test fixture alone Passed
Wet Withstand IEEE Std 1656™-2010 Section 5.2.1 Option 1 – moving Electrode All Samples did not puncture or flash over Passed @38kV
Properties Unit Test Method Value
Flexural Strength psi ASTM D790 5,200
Flexural Modulus psi ASTM D790 297,500
Tensile Strength @ break psi ASTM D638 2,000
Tensile Strength @ yield psi ASTM D638 2,900
Flammability UL-94 V-0
UV Stability hrs. ASTM D4329 1,000
Durometer Shore D ASTM D2240 65
Heat Deflection °F ASTM D648 (66psi) 225
Dielectric Strength V/mil ASTM D149 549

Importance of testing for Animal Mitigation Guards

Material Description

Reliatanium™ is a proprietary material developed by Reliaguard® Inc. which is formulated specifically for bird and animal mitigation products used in high voltage power systems.

Reliatanium was formulated to meet the specific testing guidelines outlined in the IEEE 1656™-2010 Guide. The product material addresses such concerns as UV stability and Flame Retardancy and has been tested to a 38KV rating.

RELIAGUARD RELIATANIUM ENSURES:

  • Equipment ratings are maintained
  • Guards can prevent wildlife contact
  • Guards are not affected by extreme environmental conditions
  • Guards are flame retardant, will self-extinguish and will not drip flaming material
Some manufacturers publish only material tests results or material properties. Such information does not demonstrate how the guards perform once they are installed. IEEE 1656-2010 requires tests on actual guards to demonstrate electrical and environmental performance. Performance of wildlife guards is a combination of good design, material formulation and material processing. This can only be demonstrated through testing of the guards. “Materials” tests tell only part of the story.