ASTM F1883 - 20

    Standard Practice for Selection of Wire and Cable Size in AWG or Metric Units

    Active Standard ASTM F1883 | Developed by Subcommittee: F25.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 01.08


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    Significance and Use

    3.1 The selection criteria is to be applied for uses of (1) new cable and (2) replacement cable.

    3.2 For the selection of new cable or the selection of replacement cable, this practice defines the choice criteria for conductor selection for cables in AWG (ASTM) or metric (IEC) sizes.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice is intended as a guide to shipbuilders, shipowners, and design agents for use in the selection of conductor size for single conductor or multiple conductor cable sizes either in American Wire Gauge (AWG) or metric designations for commercial ship design and construction.

    1.2 The comparison chart of electrical conductor sizes shown in Table 1 presents a combined listing of stranded uncoated (plain) copper conductors in accordance with AWG Class B stranding (Specification B8) inch-pound units or international standard sizes of Class 2 IEC (Specification IEC 60228) metric units.

    1.3 As a precautionary caveat, some conductor sizes listed in Table 1 may exceed minimal size requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard, the American Bureau of Shipping, and IEEE STD 45 for specific applications.

    1.4 The values stated for ampacity and dc resistance are presented as maximum values and are provided for information only.

    1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


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

    NFPA Documents

    NFPA 70 National Electrical Code (NEC)

    IEC Standards

    IEC 60092-350 Electrical Installations in ShipsPart 350: Shipboard Power: CablesGeneral Construction and Test Requirements

    IEC 60228

    IEEE Standard

    IEEE STD 45

    ASTM Standards

    B8 Specification for Concentric-Lay-Stranded Copper Conductors, Hard, Medium-Hard, or Soft

    B193 Test Method for Resistivity of Electrical Conductor Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 29.060.01 (Electrical wires and cables in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 26121500(Electrical wire)


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    DOI: 10.1520/F1883-20

    Citation Format

    ASTM F1883-20, Standard Practice for Selection of Wire and Cable Size in AWG or Metric Units, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.org

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