ASTM B8-99

    Standard Specification for Concentric-Lay-Stranded Copper Conductors, Hard, Medium-Hard, or Soft

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers bare concentric-lay-stranded conductors made from round copper wires, either uncoated or coated with tin, lead, or lead alloy for general use for electrical purposes. These conductors shall be constructed with a central core surrounded by one or more layers of helically laid wires.

    Note 1-This specification also permits conductors for use as covered or insulated electrical conductors. Note 2-Sealed conductors, that are intended to prevent longitudinal water propagation and are further covered/insulated, are also permitted within the guidelines of this specification.

    1.2 For the purposes of this specification, conductors are classified as follows (Explanatory Notes 1 and 2):

    1.2.1 Class AA -For bare conductors usually used in overhead lines.

    1.2.2 Class A -For conductors to be covered with weather-resistant (weather-proof), slow-burning, materials, and for bare conductors where greater flexibility than is afforded by Class AA is required.

    1.2.3 Class B -For conductors to be insulated with various materials such as rubber, paper, varnished cloth, etc., and for the conductors indicated under Class A where greater flexibility is required.

    1.2.4 Class C and Class D -For conductors where greater flexibility is required than is provided by Class B conductors.

    1.3 The SI values for density are regarded as the standard. For all other properties, the inch-pound values are to be regarded as standard and the SI units may be approximate.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    B1 Specification for Hard-Drawn Copper Wire

    B2 Specification for Medium-Hard-Drawn Copper Wire

    B3 Specification for Soft or Annealed Copper Wire

    B33 Specification for Tin-Coated Soft or Annealed Copper Wire for Electrical Purposes

    B172 Specification for Rope-Lay-Stranded Copper Conductors Having Bunch-Stranded Members, for Electrical Conductors

    B173 Specification for Rope-Lay-Stranded Copper Conductors Having Concentric-Stranded Members, for Electrical Conductors

    B174 Specification for Bunch-Stranded Copper Conductors for Electrical Conductors

    B189 Specification for Lead-Coated and Lead-Alloy-Coated Soft Copper Wire for Electrical Purposes

    B193 Test Method for Resistivity of Electrical Conductor Materials

    B246 Specification for Tinned Hard-Drawn and Medium-Hard-Drawn Copper Wire for Electrical Purposes

    B263 Test Method for Determination of Cross-Sectional Area of Stranded Conductors

    B354 Terminology Relating to Uninsulated Metallic Electrical Conductors

    B787/B787M Specification for 19 Wire Combination Unilay-Stranded Copper Conductors for Subsequent Insulation


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 29.060.20 (Cables)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 26121517(Copper wire)


    DOI: 10.1520/B0008-99

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