Member Needs Help with Mysterious Growth on Cable

Mike,

I have a cable growth problem which seems to be quite unique in that no one in Sydney, Australia appears to have any previous experience.

The cable is multi-stranded aluminum that terminates to a bimetallic lug.

The growth occurs at both ends of the cable.

  • What is this white growth?
  • What caused it?
  • Why is it not on all of the cables?
  • Is it dangerous?
  • Will it ultimately lead to cable or equipment failure?

Has anybody else experienced this problem and, if yes, what was the environment?

Ted Jones
indspec@ozemail.com.au
Sydney Australia

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