F-Lab Volta

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38 TEC - 37 Quai Paul Louis Merlin
Grenoble cedex 09, 38050

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Key Contact Personnel:
Hugo Estornel, F-Lab Volta Manager hugo.estornel@se.com
Edouard Fernandez, F-Lab Volta Technical Expert edouard.fernandez@se.com
Jean-Michel Devesne, External Business Leader jean-michel.devesne@se.com

Year Founded
HV Lab: 1935
Total Number of Employees: 60
Major Markets Served: Europe, Middle East, North America and Asia.

F-Lab Volta Documentation


High Voltage Laboratory:

Number of Employees in High Voltage Laboratory: 2
Dimensions of Main Test Hall: 7 m length x 19 m width x 5 m height

Dielectric Testing Facilities:

Impulse Testing: Max. Volt./Current
Lightning Impulse 800 kV
Switching Impulse (Dry) 600 kV
Other Testing
A.C. Testing: Dry 300 kV (2x 150 kV)
D.C. Testing: Dry 160 kV
Partial Discharge & RIV Testing: 100 kV, RIV none
Capacitance & Tan ∂ Testing: 200 kV

Pollution Testing: Cold & ice tests (100 kV single-phase, 36 kV 3-phase, -65°C to +85°C, 230 m3, 62271-1)

High Power Laboratory:

Number of Employees in High Power Laboratories: 17
Kind of Power Source for the HP Laboratory: Short-circuit generators (3) and transformers (9)

Specifications of Main Test Bay

Possible Power Frequency: 50 Hz
Max. MVA: 3150 MVA 3-phases Max. kV: 110 kV Max. kA & Duration: 300 kA, 3 sec.

Electrical Tests

Low Voltage Tests: 2200 V AC / 173 kA (3 ph), 1270 V AC / 300 kA (1 ph), 2000 V DC / 200 kA DC
Medium Voltage Tests: Up to 100 kV or up to 80 kA (3 ph)
High Current Test Facilities & Capabilities: LV Electrical Endurance platforms (10 kA / 1380 V)

Other Test Capabilities:

Environmental Tests: Climatic test chambers (up to 230 m3, from -65°C to +85°C)
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Radiofrequency Laboratory:
Radiated and conducted tests for emission and immunity, Radiofrequency for protocols at 2.4 GHz.
Temperature Rise Tests:  Generators up to 15 kA (1-phase), 8600 A (3-phase) or 15 kA (1-phase) – DC/50 Hz/60 Hz + Harmonics capability (2 kHz max).
Acoustic Measurements:Acoustic chamber (4m x 6m x 4m), 17 dBA background noise
Other Tests Performed on Insulators, Arresters, Bushings, Cable Terminations: Type-tests for varistors up to 100 kV / 60 kA (8/20 μs)