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KEMA Laboratories Chalfont testing facilities

Chalfont testing facilities

World-class facilities for testing of electrical utility equipment to IEEE, UL, IEC and ANSI standards

Located just outside Philadelphia in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, KEMA Laboratories Chalfont is easily accessible by road, rail, and air. It's extensive on-site test facilities include:

  • 1,000 MVA short-circuit generator (operating at 25, 50 and 60 Hz), 3-phase, 16 kV
  • 2,250 MVA short-circuit generator (operating at 25, 50 and 60 Hz), 3-phase 16.8 kV
  • Inductive and resistive load banks up to 38 kV
  • Capacitor banks – Capacitor switching test – 3-phase, up to 38 kV, up to 2000 A
  • DC short circuit capability: up to 1600 V, up to 230 kA
  • Five large, high bay, reinforced test concrete cells complete with overhead cranes
  • Extended generator neutral to conduct internal arc test on switchgear
  • Measurement and data collection:
    • Instrumentation – Voltage Dividers up to 100 kV, Current transformers and Rogowski coils up to 400 kA peak current with frequency band at 80 kHz
    • High Voltage potential isolation precision amplifiers
    • Measurement and Recording System – 32-channel data acquisition systems with real time measurement and reporting
  • High voltage dielectric test facility
    • 1,500 kV impulse generator:
      • LI- Lightning Impulse test up to 1250 kV
      • SI- Switching Impulse test up to 900 kV
      • 1200 kVA Dielectric Resonant test set - power frequency withstand test
      • 600 kV up to 2 A
  • Thermal test facility – 3-phase, 60 Hz, up to 32 V, up to 20 kA
  • 2 MW interconnection with local grid certified by IEEE 1547
  • Control rooms
  • Dedicated shipping and receiving docks with over-head crane support
  • Private and secure offices for customer use
  • Private and secure customer assembly bays
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Frank Cielo

Frank Cielo

Operations Manager

KEMA Laboratories in Chalfont

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