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  • What is the difference between AWG and ampacity?

  • In the United States, we use the AWG, otherwise known as the American Wire Gauge system. It defines the diameter, commonly known as the solid round wires. On the other hand, the ampacity defines the highest current a certain type can handle. When looking at the below table, the AWG value is opposite to the diameter.

  • Do I need to derate the ampacity of my cable?

  • Depending on the installation environment of the cable, ampacity ratings may need to be adjusted or derated to control heat flow. The rate at which heat is dissipated to the environment depends on many factors, but the two main requirements in the NEC for derating ampacity are ambient temperatures and number of current-carrying conductors.

  • What is the reference code for ampacity correction factor?

  • Section 310.15 (B) shall be refrenced for ampacity correction factors where the ambient temperature is other than 30 C (86 F). 2. Section 310.15 (C) (1) shall be refrenced for more than three current-carrying conductors. 3. Section 310.16 shall be refrenced for conditions of use.

  • What is the meaning of ampacity?

  • Ampacity is the maximum current (measured in amperes or more simply, amps) an insulated conductor can safely carry without exceeding its insulation and jacket temperature limitations. As the amount of current passing through a conductor is increased, the amount of heat produced in the conductor increases.

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