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FAQ's - Technical

  • 3.01 - What is a construction manual?

    A construction manual is a written procedure issued by a consortium member that details a specific UJ, UC or UQJ activity. An up-to-date list of available construction manuals can be found on our website: http://www.ujconsortium.com

    The UJCMs and other product information are compiled, on a quarterly basis, and published on a USB Memory Card in the form of the ‘UJ EXPLORER’. This is available by subscription using the application form that is available here.

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  • 3.02 - How can I find the correct kits to joint my cables?

    Check the Kit Lists on our website: http://www.ujconsortium.com. If you cannot find the information you need, send a request to the UJ Co-ordinator or contact a Consortium Member.

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  • 3.03 - How can I get updates on UJ products and services?

    UJ customers will automatically receive by email all UJ Bulletins as soon as they are issued. We are also planning to publish a twice-yearly newsletter on our website that will give updates on latest activities and developments by the UJ Consortium Members.

    The UJ Consortium also gives regular presentation of its development ROADMAP.

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  • 3.04 - If I have a problem with my jointing kit, where can get help?

    In the first instance, refer back to the supplier of the kit. If it was purchased from a Consortium Member, you can find up-to date contact details on our website: http://www.ujconsortium.com. For general assistance or feedback on product, send your request to the UJ Co-ordinator.

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  • 3.05 - I have only used part of my jointing kit. Can I replace these items to replenish my kit?

    Yes - under certain conditions the contents of partially used kits may be used in conjunction with replenishment "ferrule kits (FER)" – please refer to UJC Bulletin 029 on the website.

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  • 3.06 - I have several old UJ kits. How can I make sure they can still be used?

    UJ kits are designed and manufactured so that they can be stored for long periods and still be usable (provided they have not been opened and stored properly). However, some kit components, e.g. adhesives, may have a defined shelf life, and, if expired, these should be replaced before use.

    A list of the adhesives products and their shelf life is published on the consortium website and the UJ & UQJ Explorer Disc in section {UJ manual 01, GENERAL}

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  • 3.07 - How do I know if the fiber in my cable has been qualified?

    Review the list of qualified fiber combinations in UJCM 025 or 065. If the fiber is listed in the various tables the fiber is qualified for the combinations listed. If it does not appear on the lists it is either not qualified or it is listed under another name.  It is possible for a fiber type to be listed under another name as the fiber may be marketed under different trade name by the fiber manufacturer or cable supplier at the time of qualification.

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  • 3.08 - What is an acceptable splice loss?

    The acceptable splice loss is dependent on the power budget of the transmission system and it is the responsibility of the system owner to define acceptable splicing performance for the marine service provider.

    The UJC, through its fiber splice qualification process, specifies optimized splicing parameters for the UJC recommended fusion splicing equipment which minimize the splice loss and maintain fiber splice reliability.  Both are consistent with industry practice for the fibers being spliced and their relative MFD. e.g. SMF to SMF, or DSF to NDSF

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  • 3.09 - How long does it take to build a joint?

    There are many factors that have a direct effect on the overall jointing time. Examples of factors include the cable type, variant, the number of fibers, fiber type, work organization, testing time…  There are nearly one thousand qualified cable combinations. Therefore, it is very difficult to make a statement regarding the number of hours it takes to build a joint.

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  • 3.10 - Does UJC propose a tool and associated method to enable working on the unpowered branch leg of an operational system?

    The equipment and processes are often known as PGU, ISRS, etc. The UJC does not provide such equipment, tooling and training for these technologies and recommends that you contact the marine service suppliers who have the responsibility for providing this capability.

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  • 3.11 - I have 2 cables that are UJ qualified, why do I have to have a UJ qualified interconnection?

    Because the qualification of a given cable variant ensures that the corresponding end specific kit has been developed and qualified, but not that jointing said cable variant to any other UJ qualified cable variant can be safely made. In particular it must be demonstrated, either through mechanical testing or an analytical approach, that the mechanical mismatch between the two cable variants has no detrimental impact on the UJ.

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  • 3.12 - Does the UJC grant concessions?

    The UJC does not grant jointing concessions for deviations from the jointing specifications.

    Any deviations from the jointing specifications are wholly the responsibility of the company providing the jointing service which includes the individual UJC member companies ASN, GMSL, KCS and TE SubCom. Care should be taken when granting and issuing concessions to ensure that the safety, strength, service life, integrity & function of the joint or coupling are unaffected for its intended purpose.

    Deviations from the specifications covered by concessions should be unique events granted for the operational and the system requirements and limited to each joint construction, on a case by case basis. The UJC welcomes feedback from such concessions where deviations can be seen to be of a re-occurring nature so that investigation and process improvements can be facilitated.

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  • 3.13 - I have a cable for which I do not know if it is UJ qualified or which design may have changed since its original qualification; how I know whether it has to be qualified or re-qualified?

    The tab on the left hand column of the UJconsortium.com website for "UJ KIT / Cable qualified Combinations" provides a detailed list of the cables qualified and the interconnections between qualified cables. A similar tab is available for UQJ cable qualifications.
    Both of these databases can be searched as single cable or double cable. The cable are selected from pull down menus and the result of the search identifies for the single cable search the details of the end specific kit (ESK) numbers, UJCM, tool kit and a list of the cables it is interconnected to. The double cable search provides the same information of associated KITs and UJCMS but also a comment on the status of the interconnection between the two and in particular highlights where the cables are NOT currently qualified. There is as a "KIT Search" function where the KIT number (i.e. 09002) can be entered and the title of the kit given (i.e UJ/UC Common component kit). There is also a "Fibre Search" database where combinations of fibres can be found. It is to be noted that while every effort is made to keep the information current, it is provided as guidance only. If you have any questions or require confirmation then please contact either the consortium coordinator or your supplying UJC member.

    Where there are changes to the cable design or characteristics since original qualification, the UJC Member that undertook the original qualification ( Design Authority) should be contacted as to whether the changes affect the qualification status or not and what would be the required steps to validate or re-qualify the cable. Besides obvious cable design changes, significant changes are for example, but not limited to, a change in cable layers diameters such as the polyethylene, steel tube, copper tube; a change in polyethylene insulation material; a change in armour wire hardness, alteration in armour lay length that would affect the torsional characteristic of the cable, increase in design depth (working pressure), increase in NTTS or CBL (UTS). It is also important that the UJC is informed of changes to cable descriptions so that the correct KITs can be easily identified (for example SL101 & SL100 are now also known as SL12). Please contact either the consortium coordinator or your supplying UJC member for details of cables qualified and questions over current status.

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  • 3.14 - Is a UJ qualified for use on AC powered cable system?

    The UJ and UC products have been extensively tested and qualified with cables operating up to 15kV DC. The testing specifications do not call for any tests under AC and therefore currently the UJ is not qualified for AC voltage use.

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