ASTM B979 - 12

    Standard Specification for Non-Specular (NS) Surface Finish on Overhead Aluminum Electrical Conductors

    Active Standard ASTM B979 | Developed by Subcommittee: B01.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 02.03


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    Abstract

    This specification covers non-specular surface finishes on overhead aluminum electrical conductors to establish a uniformity of conductor finish that is acceptable to the user. Such a specification will furnish a basis for consistent manufacturing process control. Overhead aluminum electrical conductors, when installed, tend to have a "reflective" or "specular" surface that can make a transmission line more noticeable in appearance against the background landscape. A factory treatment process of the outer surface of the aluminum wires can turn the surface finish into a dull, non-reflective, or "de-glared" matte grey finish that allows the conductor to become less visible when observed from a distance and enables the transmission line to blend in with the skyline or landscape background. This specification addresses ordering information, equipment, test procedure, requirements, and retest.

    This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.

    Significance and Use

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers non-specular surface finishes on overhead aluminum electrical conductors. Overhead aluminum electrical conductors, when installed, typically have a shiny surface appearance. This “reflective” or “specular” surface can make a transmission line more noticeable in appearance against the background landscape. A factory treatment process of the outer surface of the aluminum wires can render the surface finish into a dull, non-reflective, matte grey finish. This non-reflective or “de-glared” surface finish allows the conductor to become less visible when observed from a distance and enables the transmission line to blend in with the skyline or landscape background.2

    1.2 This specification is intended, by means of diffuse reflectance measurement, to establish a uniformity of conductor finish which is acceptable to the user. Such a specification will furnish a basis for consistent manufacturing process control.

    1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    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

    B354 Terminology Relating to Uninsulated Metallic Electrical Conductors


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 29.240.20 (Power transmission and distribution lines)

    DOI: 10.1520/B0979-12

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