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This specification covers drawn and annealed or soft round bare copper wire for electrical purposes. The matterial shall be copper of such quality and purity that the finished product shall have the properties and characteristics prescribed. Tensile strength, elongation, and resistivity of the wires shall be determined. A micrometer caliper equipped with a vernier shall be used to measure the material dimensions. The wires shall be subjected to surface finish and shall conform to the particularized requirements.
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1.1 This specification covers drawn and annealed or soft round bare copper wire for electrical purposes (see Explanatory Note 1).
1.2 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.
1.2.1 Exception—For density, resistivity and temperature, the values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard.
1.3 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.
B49 Specification for Copper Rod Drawing Stock for Electrical Purposes
B193 Test Method for Resistivity of Electrical Conductor Materials
B258 Specification for Nominal Diameters and Cross-Sectional Areas of AWG Sizes of Solid Round Wires Used as Electrical Conductors
Other StandardsNBS Handbook 100 Copper Wire Tables Available from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 100 Bureau Dr., Stop 1070, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070, http://www.nist.gov.
ICS Number Code 77.150.30 (Copper products)
UNSPSC Code 26121517(Copper wire)
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ASTM B3-13, Standard Specification for Soft or Annealed Copper Wire, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top