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    ASTM B415 - 16

    Standard Specification for Hard-Drawn Aluminum-Clad Steel Wire

    Active Standard ASTM B415 | Developed by Subcommittee: B01.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 02.03

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    This specification covers four conductivities of bare, hard-drawn, round, aluminum-clad steel wire for general use for electrical purposes. The wire shall be composed of a steel core with a substantially uniform and continuous aluminum covering thoroughly bonded to it. The drawn wire shall have the properties and characteristics prescribed in the specification. The wire of varying nominal diameters shall conform to the prescribed tensile requirements such as tensile strength and elongation. The electrical resistance of the wire shall be determined by resistance measurements and maximum resistance shall be based on the nominal diameter of the wire and the resistivity value. The steel wire shall conform to the prescribed values of physical constants such as modulus of elasticity, coefficient of linear expansion, and temperature coefficient of resistance. Within a required range of diameters, the wire shall not vary from the specified diameter by more than the amount indicated. The aluminum thickness at any point shall not be less than the required values. The wire shall undergo a twist test, where the specimen shall be gripped at its ends in vises, one of which shall be free to move longitudinally during the test. The finished wire shall contain no joints or splices. The material shall also conform to the approximate properties of hard-drawn conductivity aluminum-clad steel wire.

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers four conductivities of bare, hard-drawn, round, aluminum-clad steel wire for general use for electrical purposes in sizes 0.2043 to 0.0808 in. incl (4 to 12 AWG) (Note 1). This specification does not apply to wires used as reinforcement in ACSR conductors. (See Specification B502.)

    Note 1: Wire ordered to this specification is not intended for redrawing. If wire is desired for this purpose, the manufacturer shall be consulted.

    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.

    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

    B193 Test Method for Resistivity of Electrical Conductor Materials

    B502 Specification for Aluminum-Clad Steel Core Wire for Use in Overhead Electrical Aluminum Conductors

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.140.65 (Steel wire, wir ropes and link chains); 77.150.10 (Aluminium products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 26121500(Electrical wire)

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    DOI: 10.1520/B0415-16

    Citation Format

    ASTM B415-16, Standard Specification for Hard-Drawn Aluminum-Clad Steel Wire, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org

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