ABS American Bureau of Shipping


ANSI American National Standards Institute


IEC International Electrotechnical Commission

AWG American Wire Gauge, based on the circular mil system where 1 mil equals 0.001 inch.


CIC Cable in Conduit for buried distribution systems


CIC Circuit Integrity flame retardant cables


AWG Cable in Conduit for buried distribution systems


C-L-X-M C-L-X Marine Shipboard Cable


CPE Chlorinated Polyethylene jacketing material


CSA Canadian Standards Association. An independent organization which implements and monitors the commercial and consumer electrical product standards. The CSA assures compliance to the various Canadian Electrical Code requirements.


CT Designation given to cables meeting UL requirements for cable tray use


CTC Designation for Centralized Traffic Control Code Line cable


CWCMC UL’s designation for 600 volt C-L-X marine shipboard cable – “continuously welded corrugated MC” cable


ER Extended Run/ Exposed Run


EPR Ethylene Propylene Rubber insulating compound ingredient


ETFE Modified Ethylene Tetrofluoroethylene compound used for insulation and jackets


FEP Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene insulation and jacket compund


FIELDBUS CABLE High Speed digital signal transmission instrumentation cable having specific electrical characteristics


FPL Power limited Fire Protective Signal Cable (NEC Art. 760). 300V rated


FMR Flame and Moisture Retardant


HL Designation given to MC and ITC cables meeting NEC and UL requirements for use in Division 1 hazardous locations.


ITC Instrumentation tray cable NEC Article 727


INSULATION LEVEL-100%
Cable for use on grounded systems or where the system is provided with relay protection such that grounds faults will be cleared as rapidly as possible but in any case within one minute.


INSULATION LEVEL-133% Cable for use on ungrounded or grounded systems or where the faulted section will be de-energized in a time not exceeding one hour.


kcmil A unit of conductor area in thousands of circular mils. (Formerly MCM)


LOCA Loss of Coolant Accident, IEEE 383 defines test requirements.


LCS Longitudinal Corrugated Shield.


MC Metal-Clad cable NEC type designation for power and control cables enclosed in a smooth metallic sheath welded and corrugated metallic sheath (C-L-X), or an interlocking tape armor (Loxarmor). (Article 330)


MC-HL Metal-Clad cable listed for hazardous locations


mil 0.001 inch.


MV Medium Voltage cable. NEC designation for single & multiple conductor insulated cable rated 2001 to 35,000 volts. (NEC Article 328)


NPLF Non-Power Limited Fire Protective Signal Cable (NEC Art. 760). 600V rated


PLTC Type designation for Power-Limited Tray Cable for use in Class 2 or 3 power-limited circuits; instrumentation, supervisory control, and thermocouple extension.


P-NS Single pair or triad, Non Shielded, instrumentation or thermocouple extension cable


P-OS Single or multi Pairs or Triads with Overall Shield, instrumentation or thermocouple extension cable.


POWER-LIMITED CIRCUIT Circuit either inherently limited requiring no overcurrent protection or limited by a combination of a power source and overcurrent protection


PVC Polyvinyl Chloride insulating and jacketing material which is usually flame retardant and resistant to many chemicals.


RHH NEC conductor type designation for conductors with Heat resistant rubber or XLPE insulation, for use in dry locations.


RHW-2 NEC conductor type designation for conductors with Heat and Moisture resistant rubber or XLPE insulation, for use in 90°C wet or dry locations.


RTA Thermoplastic insulated, aluminium shielded, polyethylene jacketed communication cable.


SCREEN A semiconducting non-metallic layer used under and over the insulation of power cables rated over 2kV to reduce electrical stresses and corona


SEMICONDUCTING An extruded layer or tape of such resistance that when applied between two elements of a cable the adjacent surfaces of the two elements will maintain substantially the same potential.


SHIELD A nonmagnetic, metallic material applied over an insulated conductor(s) to confine the electric field to the insulation.


SP-OS Multiple Shielded Pairs or Triads with Overall Shield, instrumentation or thermocouple extension cable.


TC NEC type designation for power and control tray cable. (Article 336)


NEC
conductor type designation for PVC insulated nylon jacketed conductors in sizes #18 and 16 AWG for use in dry locations.


THERMOCOUPLE CABLE – A cable consisting of two dissimilar metals or alloys that, when electrically joined at one end can be used to measure temperature. These cables have no voltage rating.


THHN NEC conductor type designation for PVC insulated nylon jacketed conductors for use in dry locations.


THWN-2 NEC conductor type designation for PVC insulated nylon jacketed conductors for use in 90°C wet or dry locations.i>


 

TPPO Thermoplastic Polyolefin, a thermoplastic jacket material with low smoke characteristics and is free of halogens.


UL Underwriters Laboratories. An independent organization which examines, tests, lists and periodically inspects equipment to appropriate standards.


USE Underground Service Entrance cable.


VERTICAL TRAY FLAME TEST
Conducted per UL, IEEE or ICEA procedures to demonstrate that a single conductor (1/0 AWG and larger) or multi-conductor cable will not propagate a fire in the defined test.


VERTICAL TRAY FLAME TEST
Conducted per UL, IEEE or ICEA procedures to demonstrate that a single conductor (1/0 AWG and larger) or multi-conductor cable will not propagate a fire in the defined test.


VOLTAGE LEVELS

Power-Limited – 0-300 Volts

Low Voltage – 600-2000 Volts

Medium Voltage – 2400-46000 Volts

High Voltage – >46 to 345kV


VOLTAGE RATING kV, industry convention to identify voltage levels, phase to phase voltage.


VW-1
Basic flammability test for single conductors; employs a tirrill burner applied intermittently to a Vertical Wire.


XHHW-2 NEC conductor type designation for conductors with Heat and Moisture resistant thermoset insulation for use in 90°C wet or dry locations.


XLPE Cross-Linked Polyethylene insulating compound


XLPO
Cross Linked Polyolefin, a thermoset jacket material with low smoke characteristics and is free of halogens


Z
NEC conductor type designation for conductors with ETFE insulation for use in dry locations


ZW
NEC conductor type designation for conductors with ETFE insulation for use in wet or dry locations


 

E-1 Color sequences for utility conductor identification, see Appendix E, Table E-1, ICEA Standard S-73-532, includes green and white.


E-2 Color sequence for industrial conductor identification, see Appendix E, Table E-2, ICEA Standard S-73-532, excludes green and white


METHOD-1 Conductor identification, colored compounds with tracers in accordance with the ICEA standard


METHOD-2 Conductor identification, neutral compounds with tracers in accordance with the ICEA Standard


METHOD-3 Conductor identification, neutral or single colored compounds with surface printing of numbers and color designations in accordance with the ICEA Standard


METHOD-4 Conductor identification, neutral or single colored compounds with surface printing of numbers in accordance with the ICEA Standard


METHOD-5 Conductor identification, individual color coding with braids in accordance with the ICEA Standard.

 


 


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