AS NZS 5000.2 PDF
AS/NZS Specifies the construction, dimension and test requirements for single-core and multi-core polymeric insulated and non-metallic sheathed. AS/NZS (R). Electric cables – Polymeric insulated – For working voltages up to and including / V. standard by. AS/NZS Category: Cord and Cables. Description: Electric cables – Polymeric insulated – For working voltages up to and including / V.
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The following sections refer to a range of tests that are conducted on cables to ensure compliance. This is a legally mandated document, and therefore the risk of non-compliance is not only unsafe it is also illegal. Introduction In this article I will try to unravel some of the less known nzd of cable compliance with the overall aim to give the user the correct information to make better informed decision when selecting cable products.
This document defines the principles upon which electrical installations must be designed and installed in order to protect people, livestock and property from the risk of electrical shock, fire and physical injury a.
A variety of cable insulating materials exists in the cable nzzs industry, all having differing properties, but all having the primary attribute of being suitable as an electrical insulating material.
The manner in which compliance of these materials is confirmed is complex and will be covered in some detail under the discussion later on insulating materials. Cross-Linked materials are more thermally stable compared to Thermoplastic materials and will not flow when subjected to high operating temperatures.
The improved electrical properties of XLPE is a result of the chemical makeup of the material, being almost exclusively polyethylene. To be continued in Part 2. Subscribe to receive the lastest news from the electrical industry brought to you by Voltimum.
To confirm that a cable can hold its rated voltage the cable is subjected to the following checks and test:. This is a common testing principle where the test object is subjected 5000.2 a higher stress than it would normally be expected to operate at, with the intention to flush out extrusion defects or weaknesses in the insulation materials. In the case of insulation thickness, this varies with material type and conductor size. Join the fight against non-compliant products!
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As previously explained it is common for low voltage cable standards to define an insulation thickness which varies for different conductor sizes, with the largest conductor having the thickest insulation and sheath. See examples in Figure 1 for various types of extrusions.
Type of Business Contractor emp. Take the online training and add your voice to this campaign!. The insulation thickness for LV cables is not primarily based on electrical requirements, but more on mechanical considerations.
It will be fairly obvious that the thickness of the insulation and sheath material must be aligned with the typical use of the product. A 35mm2 copper conductor, for example, does not need to have 35mm2 of copper in it.
Modern manufacturing techniques have seen the introduction of automated electronic measurement systems to replace manual methods that provide a significant improvement in repeat accuracy. It only needs to meet the specified resistance value. The peak Australian electrical industry body, the National Electrical and Communications Association NECA and the world’s leading electrical industry information aas Voltimum have joined forces in an effort to raise awareness and educate users of the dangers of using product that is not compliant to Australian Standards.
This is a very important and often misunderstood issue.
In terms of cables the nzx rules makes direct 0500.2 to Australian and New Zealand Standards as the principle means to ensure that its scope is fulfilled. The thickness of insulation and sheath of cables is done by taking six measurements at the location where the material is 50002 using optical magnification equipment of at least 10X to allow a reading of 0. Their differences lie in their cost, processability, dielectric performance, mechanical strength and flexibility to name a few.
There has been much publicity recently about the recall of non-compliant building cables, but what does compliance actually mean as far as a cable is concerned and how does it actually relate to performance?
The actual area is not critical nor is it a parameter that must be measured. In the first part nzd this article I will address the first dot point only. They may soften, but will not flow. The remaining dot points will be addressed in part 2. Voltage tests performed on cables are done at higher than normal operating levels. When looking at the impact of non-compliant resistance on the current rating of a cable, its impact is relatively small, as its current rating is proportional to the inverse of the square root of resistance.
The insulation thickness on large conductor sizes is greatest due to the greater risk of mechanical damage during handling of large and heavy cables. Qs Policy Terms 50000.2 Service. Then there is the material that is in contact with the conductor. The measurement method described above has traditionally been carried out by manual methods and is therefore subject to human error. What may be not so obvious is how the thickness is actually measured.
The standards referred to in details the test method used to conduct each test. Type tests need not be repeated unless changes are made in the cable materials or design or manufacturing process. Some of the common cable insulating materials are listed below:. Ability to Carry Rated Current The ability of an electrical cable to carry its design electric current is largely dependent on the electrical resistance of the conductor. Keep up to date with latest from nss campaign through our Facebook page!
Due to the level of detail required to address this topic it will be presented in two parts. The following briefly describes each of the above tests, their purpose and how they relate to the mechanical performance of the nnzs in terms of installation and long term operation of the cable.