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    Code Word Phase conductor Bare Neutral Messenger Weight Per 1000 ft. (lbs.) Allowable Ampacity+
    Size (AWG) Stranding Insul. Thick. (mils) Size (AWG) Size (kcmil) Strand- ing Rated Strength (lbs.) XLP POLY XLP POLY
    AAAC 6201 ALLOY FULL NEUTRAL MESSENGER
    Minex 6 1 45 6 30.58 7 1110 101 101 85 70
    Hippa 6 7 45 6 30.58 7 1110 107 107 85 70
    Prawn 4 1 45 4 48.69 7 1760 152 152 115 90
    Barnacle 4 7 45 4 48.69 7 1760 160 160 115 90
    Shrimp 2 7 45 2 77.47 7 2800 243 243 150 120
    Gammarus 1/0 7 60 1/0 123.3 7 4460 390 390 205 160
    Leda 1/0 9 60 1/0 123.3 7 4460 384 384 205 160
    Dunganese 2/0 7 60 2/0 155.4 7 5390 474 474 235 185
    Cyclops 2/0 11 60 2/0 155.4 7 5390 474 474 235 185
    Flustra 3/0 17 60 3/0 195.7 7 6790 587 587 275 215
    Lepas 4/0 18 60 4/0 246.9 7 8560 728 728 315 245
    *Code words for XLP insulated products are formed by adding "/XLP" to the conventional code words above (e.g.-Haiotis/XLP).+Conductor temperature of 90°C for XLP, 75°C for Poly; ambient temperature of 40°C; emissivity 0.9; 2 ft./sec. wind in sun.++Designated sizes are: ACSR 6/1 diameter equivalent and AAC with equivalent resistivity per ASTM B-399 for 6201.

     

    Code Word Phase conductor Bare Neutral Messenger Weight Per 1000 ft. (lbs.) Allowable Ampacity+
    Size (AWG) Stranding Insul. Thick. (mils) Size (AWG) Size (kcmil) Strand- ing Rated Strength (lbs.) XLP POLY XLP POLY
    AAAC 6201 ALLOY REDUCED NEUTRAL MESSANGER
    Artemia 4 1 45 6 30.58 7 1110 135 135 115 90
    Crab 4 7 45 6 30.58 7 1110 143 143 115 90
    Solaster 2 7 45 4 48.69 7 1760 216 216 150 120
    Sandcrab 1/0 7 60 2 77.47 7 2800 347 347 205 160
    Echinus 1/0 9 60 2 77.47 7 2800 341 341 205 160
    Crayfish 2/0 7/w 60 mls 2/0 -- 7 2510 485.8 455.3 235 Amps 185 Amps
    Sipho 2/0 7/w 60 mls 2/0 -- 7 2510 485.8 455.3 235 Amps 185 Amps
    Fulgar 3/0 17 60 1/0 123.3 7 4460 519 519 275 215
    Arca 4/0 18 60 2/0 155.4 7 5390 643 643 315 245
    *Code words for XLP insulated products are formed by adding "/XLP" to the conventional code words above (e.g.-Haiotis/XLP).+Conductor temperature of 90°C for XLP, 75°C for Poly; ambient temperature of 40°C; emissivity 0.9; 2 ft./sec. wind in sun.++Designated sizes are: ACSR 6/1 diameter equivalent and AAC with equivalent resistivity per ASTM B-399 for 6201.

     

     

    Code Word Phase conductor Bare Neutral Messenger Weight Per 1000 ft. (lbs.) Allowable Ampacity+...............
    Size (AWG) Stranding Insul. Thick. (mils) Size (AWG) Strand- ing Rated Strength (lbs.) XLP POLY XLP POLY
    AAC NEUTRAL-MESSENGER
    Haiotis 6 7/w 45 mls 6 7 563 109.1 101.6 85 Amps 70 Amps
    Patella 6 7 45 6 7 563 103 103 85 70
    Fusus 4 7/w 45 mls 4 7 881 161.8 151.7 115 Amps 90 Amps
    Oyster 4 7 45 4 7 881 154 154 115 90
    Clam 2 7 45 2 7 1350 233 233 150 120
    Murex 1/0 7 60 1/0 7 1990 374 374 205 160
    Purpura 1/0 9 60 1/0 7 1990 368 368 205 160
    Nassa 2/0 7 60 2/0 7 2510 462 462 235 185
    Melita 3/0 17 60 3/0 19 3310 562 562 275 215
    Portunus 4/0 18 60 4/0 19 4020 696 696 315 245
    Nannynose 336.4 19 80 336.4 19 6146 1118 1118 420 325
    * Code words for XLP insulated products are formed by adding "/XLP" to the conventional code words above (e.g.-Haiotis/XLP).+ Conductor temperature of 90°C for XLP, 75°C for Poly; ambient temperature of 40°C; emissivity 0.9; 2 ft./sec. wind in sun.

     

    Code Word Phase conductor Bare Neutral Messenger Weight Per 1000 ft. (lbs.) Allowable Ampacity+
    Size (AWG) Stranding Insul. Thick. (mils) Size (AWG) Strand- ing Rated Strength (lbs.) XLP POLY XLP POLY
    ASCR NEUTRAL-MESSENGER
    Paludina 6 1 45 6 6/1 1190 109 109 85 70
    Voluta 6 7 45 6 6/1 1190 114 114 86 70
    Whelk 4 1 45 4 6/1 1860 -- 164 115 90
    Periwinkle 4 7 45 4 6/1 1860 172 172 115 90
    Conch 2 7 60 1/0 6/1 4380 420 420 205 160
    Neritina 1/0 7 60 1/0 6/1 4380 420 420 205 160
    Cenia 1/0 9 60 1/0 6/1 4380 414 414 205 160
    Runcina 2/0 7 60 2/0 6/1 5310 520 520 235 185
    Triton 2/0 11 60 2/0 6/1 5310 512 512 235 185
    Mursia 3/0 17 60 3/0 6/1 6620 635 635 275 215
    Zuzara 4/0 18 60 4/0 6/1 8350 789 789 315 245
    Limpet 336.4 19 80 336.4 18/1 8680 1167 1167 420 325
    *Code words for XLP insulated products are formed by adding "/XLP" to the conventional code words above (e.g.-Haiotis/XLP).+Conductor temperature of 90°C for XLP, 75°C for Poly; ambient temperature of 40°C; emissivity 0.9; 2 ft./sec. wind in sun.

     

    Code Word Phase conductor Bare Neutral Messenger Weight Per 1000 ft. (lbs.) Allowable Ampacity+
    Size (AWG) Stranding Insul. Thick. (mils) Size (AWG) Strand- ing Rated Strength (lbs.) XLP POLY XLP POLY
    ASCR REDUCED NEUTRAL-MESSENGER
    Scallop 4 1 45 6 6/1 1190 -- 142 115 90
    Strombus 4 7 45 6 6/1 1190 151 151 115 90
    Cockle 2 7 45 4 6/1 1190 220 220 150 120
    Janthina 1/0 7 60 2 6/1 2853 366 366 205 160
    Ranella 1/0 9 60 2 6/1 2853 360 360 205 160
    Cavolinia 2/0 7 60 1 6/1 3550 453 453 235 185
    Clio 2/0 11 60 1 6/1 3550 444 444 235 185
    Sanddollar 3/0 19/w 60 mls 1/0 6/1 4380 565 552 275 Amps 215 Amps
    Aega 3/0 17 60 1/0 6/1 4380 549 549 275 215
    Cuttlefish 4/0 19/w 60 mls 2/0 6/1 5310 699 684 315 Amps 245 Amps
    Cerapus 4/0 18 60 2/0 6/1 5310 681 681 315 245
    Cowery 336.4 19 80 mls 336/4 18/1 8680 1209 1167 420 Amps 325 Amps
    *Code words for XLP insulated products are formed by adding "/XLP" to the conventional code words above (e.g.-Haiotis/XLP).+Conductor temperature of 90°C for XLP, 75°C for Poly; ambient temperature of 40°C; emissivity 0.9; 2 ft./sec. wind in sun.

    There is a lot of debate still going on as to whether copper is better for electrical purposes or aluminum. If price was not a critical factor, most would suggest going in for silver as it is said to be the best conductor of electricity but has a low strength. However, when it comes to electrical wiring, price is a factor, as is efficiency.

    Applications:

    To supply power from the utility's lines to the consumer's weatherhead. For service at 600 volts or less (phase to phase) at a conductor temperature of 75°C maximum for polyethylene Insulation or 90°C maximum for crosslinked insulation.

    Construction:

    Concentric strand or compressed 1350-H19 conductor, polyethylene or crosslinked polyethylene insulation, concentric strand AAC, ACSR or 6201 alloy neutral messenger.

    Standards:

    • B-230 Aluminum Wire 1350-H19 for Electrical Purposes
    • B-231 Aluminum Conductors, Concentric-Lay-Stranded
    • B-232 Aluminum Conductors, Concentric-Lay-Stranded, Coated Steel Reinforced (ACSR)
    • B-399 Concentric-Lay-Stranded 6201-T81 Aluminum Alloy Conductors
    • B-498 Zinc-Coated Steel Core Wire for Aluminum Conductors, Steel Reinforced (ACSR).
    • Triplex Service Drop cable meets or exceeds all applicable requirements of ANSI/ICEA body S-76-474.

    There is a lot of debate still going on as to whether copper is better for electrical purposes or aluminum. If price was not a critical factor, most would suggest going in for silver as it is said to be the best conductor of electricity but has a low strength. However, when it comes to electrical wiring, price is a factor, as is efficiency.

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