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1. US20070209203 - Installation of spliced electrical transmission cables

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1. A method of installing an electrical transmission cable, the method comprising:
providing a first cable comprising at least one composite wire, the first cable having a first end and a second end;
providing a second cable comprising at least one composite wire, the second cable having a first end and a second end, wherein each of the composite wires of the first and second cables comprises a plurality of substantially continuous, longitudinally extending fibers in a matrix material;
joining the second end of the first cable to the first end of the second cable using a flexible, full tension splice;
guiding the first end of the first cable over a first sheave assembly;
pulling the first cable over the first sheave assembly to the second end of the first cable; and
pulling the flexible, full-tension splice over the first sheave assembly.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the plurality of substantially continuous, longitudinally extending fibers are selected from one of ceramic fibers, carbon fibers, and mixtures thereof.
3. The method of claim 1, wherein the matrix material of each of the composite wires is a metal selected from one of aluminum, titanium, zinc, tin, magnesium, and alloys thereof.
4. The method of claim 1, wherein the matrix material of each of the composite wires is a polymer.
5. The method of claim 1, wherein the flexible, full tension splice is a helical-rod, full-tension splice.
6. The method of claim 1, wherein the flexible, full tension splice is pulled over the first sheave assembly at a break-over angle in a range from about 10 degrees to about 40 degrees.
7. The method of claim 1, wherein the first and second cables are each have a rated breaking strength, and further wherein the flexible, full tension splice is pulled over the first sheave assembly at a tension in a range from about 5% to about 20% of the rated breaking strengths of each of the first and second cables.
8. The method of claim 1, wherein each of the first and second cables are free of a steel core.
9. The method of claim 1, wherein the first sheave assembly comprises an array of sheaves disposed along an arc.
10. The method of claim 1, wherein guiding the first end of the first cable over the sheave comprises:
pulling the first and second cables along a direct path from a reel maintaining the first and second cables over the first sheave assembly.
11. The method of claim 1, further comprising:
guiding the first end of the first cable from the first sheave assembly over a second sheave assembly, the first and second sheave assemblies spaced apart to define a span distance;
pulling the first cable over the second sheave assembly to the second end of the first cable; and
pulling the flexible, full tension splice over the second sheave assembly.
12. The method of claim 11, wherein the span distance is in a range from about 200 to about 1600 feet.
13. The method of claim 1, wherein the first sheave assembly defines an overall radius of curvature of at least about 36 inches.
14. A method of installing an electrical transmission cable, the method comprising:
providing an electrical transmission cable extending from a first end to a second end, the cable including a flexible, full tension splice between the first end and the second end, the electrical transmission cable comprising at least one tow of substantially continuous, longitudinally positioned fibers in a matrix material; and
pulling the flexible, full tension splice over a first sheave assembly.
15. The method of claim 14, further comprising:
pulling the flexible, full tension splice over at least one subsequent sheave assembly.
16. The method of claim 14, wherein the electrical transmission cable extends a length of at least about 980 feet from the first end to the second end.
17. The method of claim 14, wherein the flexible, full tension splice comprises a plurality of helically-wound rods.
18. The method of claim 14, wherein the tows of substantially continuous, longitudinally positioned fibers are selected from the group consisting of ceramic fibers, carbon fibers, and mixtures thereof, and further wherein the matrix material is selected from the group consisting of aluminum and alloys thereof, titanium and alloys thereof, zinc and alloys thereof, tin and alloys thereof, magnesium and alloys thereof, and polymers.
19. The method of claim 14, wherein the electrical transmission cable is provided on a reel positioned at a first height, and further wherein the first sheave assembly is maintained at a second height greater than the first height of the reel.
20. The method of claim 14, wherein the electrical transmission cable has an associated minimum sheave diameter, and further wherein first sheave has a larger diameter than the nominal sheave diameter.