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## BASIC CABLE CHARACTERISTICS

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**BASIC CABLE CHARACTERISTICS**PART II Carl Landinger Hendrix Wire & Cable**IN PART I WE REVIEWED THE FACT THAT A MAGNETIC FIELD**ACCOMPANIED ELECTRIC CURRENT FLOW**A Cable Carrying Current Has a Magnetic Field Associated**With the Current CONDUCTOR INSULATION MAGNETIC FIELD FLUX LINES EXTEND OUT TO INFINITY. NOTE THAT ANY COVERING OR INSULATION DOES NOT ALTER THE MAGNETIC FIELD LINES.**CONDUCTOR SELF INDUCTANCE**The magnetic field associated with alternating current flow in a conductor is the source of self inductance. The self inductance of a solid round conductor may be approximated by: per unit length l Ku is a constant dependent on dimensional units r is the conductor radius. The smaller the conductor radius, the greater the self inductance.**CONDUCTOR SELF INDUCTANCE...**Results in lower impedance in the “outer rings” of the conductor when viewed as made up of concentric tubes XL = 2πfL where f is ac frequency (hertz) Causes the current to preferentially flow in the outer rings/tubes (lower impedance). This is commonly called skin effect Results in an incremental increase in resistance when carrying ac current as compared with dc current of the same magnitude**SKIN EFFECT**• In Part I, the term Ycs in the formula • Rac = Rdc·(1 + Ycs + Ycp) • is the incremental increase in resistance due to skin effect. • Steps taken to reduce skin effect include: • Segmenting the conductor • Making hollow core conductors • Some strand coatings will effect skin effect**SKIN EFFECT AT 60 HERTZ**A commonly used approximation for Ycs is: Where: Tcis conductor temperature, °C Rdcis dc conductor resistance atTc, m/ft Ks varies with conductor construction and coating, if any**Two Cables Carrying Current Will Have Magnetic Fields**Interacting with Each Other Cable #1 Cable #2 • Magnetic field (flux) from each cable links the adjacent cable. • This causes a force to exist between the cables. • If the currents are time varying, a voltage is induced into the adjacent cable.**PROXIMITY EFFECT**Conductors spaced close to one another and carrying alternating current will have the current distribution in each conductor altered by mutual reactance. This results in increased resistance known as proximity effect. The increase is commonly designated as Ycp in the formula Rac = Rdc·(1 + Ycs + Ycp) In most cases if conductor spacing exceeds 10 times the conductor diameter proximity effect will be less than 1% and can be neglected**PROXIMITY EFFECT AT 60 Hz**Where: Tcis conductor temperature, °C Rdcis dc conductor resistance atTc, m/ft Kp varies with conductor construction and coating, if any**COMMONLY USED Ks , Kp VALUES**Conductor Type Conductor Coating KsKp Concentric Round None, Tin, Lead Alloy 1.0 1.0 Conc. Compressed None, Tin, Lead Alloy 1.0 1.0 Compact Round None 1.0 0.6**MAGNETIC CONDUIT EFFECT**Cables installed in pipe or conduit made of magnetic materials will have a further increase in ac resistance. The increase is approximated by multiplying Ycs andYcp by 1.7 resulting in theformula Rac = Rdc·[1 + (Ycs + Ycp)·1.7] This multiplying factor is applied whether the cables are in the cradled or triangular configuration.**CONDUCTOR DIAMETERS**This makes it desirable to revisit the subject of conductor diameters which was neglected in Part I. In Part I we compared the advantages of solid vs stranded conductors. For electric utility underground cables, Class B stranded conductors are the overwhelming favorite.**Stranding increases:**flexibility diameter for the same metal area resistance for the same metal area Conductor Designs for Insulated Cables Solid Conductor Stranded Conductor**Conductor Designs for Insulated Cables**Class B stranding is based on the recognition that for circles of equal diameter, 6 will almost exactly fill the space around 1, 12 fill the space around 6, 18 around 12, …(add 6 to the number in the outer ring each time to fill the next ring). 1 + 6 = 7 strand Next layer: 7 + 12 = 19 strand ( 6 + 6 = 12) Next layer: 19 + 18 = 37 strand (12 + 6 = 18) Next layer: 37 + 24 = 61 strand (18 + 6 = 24) Next layer: 61 + 30 = 91 strand (24 + 6 = 30) Continue sequence….**CONDUCTOR DIAMETERS**Compact has about a 3.5 % larger diameter than solid. Concentric Round has about a 14 % larger diameter than solid SOLID COMPACT Concentric may be compressed up to, but not exceeding a 3% diameter reduction CONCENTRIC ROUND STRANDED**CONDUCTOR DIAMETERS**For the conductor sizes commonly used in underground distribution, the conductor diameter differences may not have a significant impact on skin and proximity effect. The difference in diameter between concentric round and concentric round compressed is not normally sufficient to have an impact on connectors, splices & terminations. The diameter differences between compact and concentric round/compressed can have a definite impact on connectors, splices and terminations. You must check!**COMPACT CONDUCTOR ADVANTAGES**They increase flexibility with minimal increase in diameter as compared with a solid conductor. They offer material savings when covered/insulated. The reduced diameter may allow for the use of smaller ducts/conduits (the most obvious first step in designing reduced diameter cables).**EFFECTIVE AC RESISTANCE**In Part I we gave the effective ac resistance for voltage drop calculations as: Rac = Rdc·(1 + Ycs + Ycp) + ΔR Where ΔR was the “apparent” increase in conductor resistance due to losses induced in the cable shield, sheath, armor, metallic conduit, ……..by the current carrying conductor. Let’s examine the common case of shield losses.**A WIRE IN THE PRESENCE OF 3 CONDUCTORS CARRYING ALTERNATING**CURRENT WILL HAVE 3 VOLTAGES INDUCED IN THE WIRE. THE VOLTAGE INDUCED PER UNIT LENGTH BY EACH CONDUCTOR IS LARGER IF THE INDUCING CURRENT IS GREATER AND IF IT IS CLOSER TO THE WIRE. IF THE CURRENTS IN EACH OF THE CONDUCTORS ARE OUT OF PHASE WITH EACH OTHER, THE TOTAL VOLTAGE INDUCED IN THE WIRE IS THE VECTOR SUM OF THE VOLTAGES INDUCED IN THE WIRE.**If the three conductors are a balanced 3-phase 60 Hz circuit**with d1 = d2 = d3 the voltages induced will be equal in magnitude but 120º out of phase. The vector sum of the voltage induced in the wire is zero. A Phase wire d2 d1 B Phase d3 C Phase**Shield wires are always closest to the phase they surround,**so in a balanced 3-phase circuit the voltage induced by adjacent phases will not be as great as the voltage induced by the phase they surround. This results in a net voltage induced in the shield wires (vector sum). A Phase wires B Phase C Phase**In a 3-phase ac circuit, phase currents IA, IB, ICinduce**voltages ESA, ESB, ESCinto shields A, B, and C. If, as is typical in distribution circuits, shields A, B, and C are inter-connected and complete a circuit, currents will flow in shields A, B, and C through impedances ZSA, ZSB, and ZSC resulting in shield currents ISA, ISB,, and ISC A Phase IA Shield A, ESA, ZSA, ISA B Phase IB Shield B, ESB, ZSB, ISB C Phase IC Shield C, ESC, ZSC, ISC**Shield currents ISA, ISB, and ISC will result in I2R losses**as they flow through the shield resistances of shields A, B, and C. This results in heat that has a negative effect on ampacity and an apparent increase in conductor resistance having a negative effect on voltage drop. A Phase IA Shield A, ESA, ZSA, ISA B Phase IB Shield B, ESB, ZSB, ISB C Phase IC Shield C, ESC, ZSC, ISC**CABLE SHIELD IMPEDANCE**In order to determine the magnitude of the current flowing in the shield it is necessary to determine the magnitude of the voltage induced in the shield per unit length and the shield impedance per unit length. Since the impedance is Rs + jXswe need to determine both shield resistance and reactance. We will begin with a review of how to determine shield resistance.**LAY LENGTH**For concentrically applied wires, tapes, or straps, LAY LENGTH is the distance advanced along the underlying core for one complete revolution of the wire, tape, or strap around the underlying core. LAY LENGTH is often specified as a multiple of the diameter over or under the wires, tapes, or straps.**MEAN SHIELD/SHEATH DIAMETER**• The mean shield/sheath diameter is the average of the diameter under the shield/sheath and the diameter over the shield/sheath. • The common symbol for mean shield/sheath diameter is Dsm.**EFFECTIVE LENGTH OF SHIELD/SHEATH Leff**• For concentric wires or straps, not in contact, or tapes with no overlap, over a circular core, the effective length per unit lay length is given by: Leff π·Dsm Lay Length**EFFECTIVE LENGTH OF LAPPED TAPE SHIELD**• The effective length of lapped tape shields is a variable because of the metal-to-metal conduction at the tape laps. • When new, conduction at the laps (best case) makes the tape shield approach a tube and the effective length is equal to the unit cable length. • With age, corrosion at the laps (worst case) eliminates conduction at the laps and the effective length is that of tape(s) with no overlap.**EFFECTIVE LENGTH OF TUBULAR AND LONGITUDENALLY CORRUGATED**SHIELDS/SHEATHS The effective length of a smooth tubular shield/sheath is equal to the cable length. For longitudinally corrugated sheaths, contact the cable manufacturer or, as an approximation, add 15% to the unit cable length.**METALLIC SHIELD/SHEATH RESISTANCE Rs**Given the effective cross-section area of the shield/sheath Aeff, at any given temperature T, the shield/sheath resistance is Where: ρvolTis the volume resistivity of the shield metal at temperature T Aeff is determined from the formulas in Part I**ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES OF CONDUCTOR MATERIALS**Volume Conductivity Resistivity Temp. Annealed Cu @20ºC Coeff. of Metal is 100% Ω·m (10-8) Resist./ºC Silver 106 1.626 0.0041 Cu, Annealed 100 1.724 0.0039 Cu, HD 97 1.777 0.0038 Cu, Tinned 95-99 1.741-1.814 --- 1350 Al, HD 61.2 2.817 0.00404 1350 Al, 0 61.8 2.790 0.00408**ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES OF CONDUCTOR MATERIALS (cont’d)**Volume Conductivity Resistivity Temp. Annealed Cu @20ºC Coeff. of Metal is 100% Ω·m (10-8) Resist./ºC 6201 T81 Al 52.5 3.284 0.00347 Sodium 40 4.3 --- Nickel 25 6.84 0.006 Mild Steel 12 13.8 0.0045 Lead 7.73 22.3 0.0039**INDUCED SHIELD VOLTAGE**We will not rigorously derive the induced shield voltage but rather examine a specific case and reference “The Underground Systems Reference Book”, EEI, 1957, page 10-41. For the simple case of an isolated, balanced, 3-phase, 3-single conductor, shielded cable, ac circuit in equilateral triangular spacing, the induced shield/sheath voltage per phase ampere is: ESA= ESB = ESC = (IA or IB or IC)·XM**Ω to neut./1000 ft**INDUCED SHIELD VOLTAGE This simplicity is not common as symmetry, and equal spacing is not common in practical cases. (see ref. for the more typical cases). However, the simple case will illustrate the points to be made. S S S And rsm is mean shield radius - Note: Dsm/2 = rsm**Shield Impedance**Ω/1000 ft at 60 Hz Shield Current amp Shield Loss watt Ratio Shield to Conductor Loss This ratio deserves some study! Or SHIELD IMPEDANCE - CURRENT - LOSS**SHIELD TO CONDUCTOR LOSS RATIO– A URD/UD CABLE LOOK**We know that Xmincreases with phase spacing. A “ball park” range from 1/0 AWG Al, strd, 345 mil, full neutral, 35 kV triplex to 1000 kcmil Al, strd, 175 mil, 1/3rd neutral, 7.5” triangular spacing we have: Xm= 0.02 to 0.05 Ω to neutral/1000 ft. Shield resistance is straight forward and a ball park range for the above is Rs= 0.18 to 0.06 Ω/1000 ft. Let’s use these ranges to review the effects on shield loss ratio.**SHIELD LOSS RATIOS-EXAMPLES**For full neutral Rs/Rc = 1 For 1/3rd neutral Rs/Rc = 3 times Rs= 0.06, Xm= 0.05 ratio is 0.410 = 0.18, = 0.02 ratio is 0.012 = 0.18, = 0.05 ratio is 0.072 Now 1 x 0.012= 0.012 Much ado about nothing! 3 x 0.410= 1.230 Wow! More loss (heat) generated by the shield than the conductor. 1 x 0.072= 0.072 Still not all that bad.**Recall**IMPACT ON APPARENT RESISTANCE And, since Rs = 3·Rc,then 0.41·(3·Rc) = 1.23·Rc Or, the increase in apparent resistance due to shield loss actually exceeds the conductor resistance. The impact on voltage drop is certainly not positive!**IMPACT ON APPARENT REACTANCE**Or, there is a decrease in the apparent reactance to positive or negative sequence currents. As with apparent resistance, this is for the simple case of cables in an equilateral triangular configuration.**WHAT DOES ALL THIS SHIELD LOSS RATIO STUDY TELL US**When cable shield resistance is low enough to approach the magnitude of the mutual reactance, shield loss can be high. Shield losses cost $, reduce ampacity, and increase voltage drop, so they should be minimized. One method is to avoid selecting a shield with lower resistance than necessary. Another method is to keep heavily shielded cables in close spacing.**WHAT DOES ALL THIS SHIELD LOSS RATIO STUDY TELL US**Neutral requirements are a factor in shield selection. Better feeder balance may allow for lighter shields. Caution! Harmonics may be a complicating issue. Part 3? Short circuit requirements are a factor in shield selection. Selecting shields to maximize short circuit capability while minimizing shield loss is possible. Part 3? The use of metallic conduit (especially magnetic materials) further complicates matters. Part 3?**WHAT DOES ALL THIS SHIELD LOSS RATIO STUDY TELL US**For the more common cases of cables in non- symmetrical configurations shield losses will result in different impedances for each cable. This can have a major impact on load sharing with cables operated in parallel. Part 3? The use of metallic non-magnetic conduit, sheaths and armor will cause further effects similar those caused by shield losses. 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