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This specification covers bare bunch-stranded conductors made from round copper wires, either uncoated or coated with tin, lead, or lead-alloy for use as electrical conductors. Coated wires shall include only those wires with finished diameters and densities substantially equal to the respective diameters and densities of uncoated wires. Bunch-stranded conductors are classified as Class I, Class J, Class K, Class L, Class M, Class O, Class P, and Class Q, according to wire diameter. Requirements for conductor joints, lay length, wires, and strand construction are given. Electrical and elongation tests of wires composing the conductors shall be performed. If a tinning, lead-coating, or lead-alloy-coating test is required, it shall be made on the wires prior to stranding. The methods of determining mass, cross sections, and electrical resistance are detailed. The density of copper to be taken in the calculations is prescribed.
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1.1 This specification covers bare bunch-stranded conductors made from round copper wires, either uncoated or coated with tin, lead, or lead-alloy for use as electrical conductors (Explanatory Note 1 and Explanatory Note 2).
1.2 Coated wires shall include only those wires with finished diameters and densities substantially equal to the respective diameters and densities of uncoated wires.
1.3 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.
1.3.1 For conductor sizes designated by AWG or kcmil, the requirements in SI units have been numerically converted from corresponding values, stated or derived, in inch-pound units. For conductor sizes designated by SI units only, the requirements are stated or derived in SI units.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
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
B189 Specification for Lead-Coated and Lead-Alloy-Coated Soft Copper Wire for Electrical Purposes
B193 Test Method for Resistivity of Electrical Conductor Materials
B263 Test Method for Determination of Cross-Sectional Area of Stranded Conductors
B354 Terminology Relating to Uninsulated Metallic Electrical Conductors
American National StandardANSIC42.35 Definitions of Electrical Terms Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.
ICS Number Code 29.060.20 (Cables)
UNSPSC Code 26121517(Copper wire)
ASTM B174-10, Standard Specification for Bunch-Stranded Copper Conductors for Electrical Conductors, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.orgBack to Top