Applied Wire: Aluminum

Aluminum wire & cable is nothing new to the electrical industry. Seen mainly in utility applications, it is now being used more and more in large scale commercial, industrial, and residential applications. Knowing the different applications that these aluminum products are used for will help you quote your customer the right product, and it can help you write the order.

ACSR (Aluminum Conductor Steel-Reinforced)

Also referred to as an overhead wire, ACSR is used as a bare overhead transmission conductor and as primary and secondary distribution conductor and messenger support. It offers optimal strength for line design. Its variable steel core stranding enables desired strength to be achieved without sacrificing ampacity. ACSR is known for its low weight, low cost, and dependability.

MHF (Mobile Home Feeder)

MHF is used to provide power from the electrical disconnect to the distribution panel board in mobile home applications. It is suitable for direct burial in earth at conductor temperatures not to exceed 90 degrees Celsius. This is the most preferred cable for any form of mobile unit and ensures maximum safety in your circuitry.

Service Drop

This cable is used to supply 3 phase power, usually from a pole-mounted transformer to the user’s service head where the connection to the service entrance cable is made. Service drop is to be used at voltages of 600V or less phase and at conductor temperatures not to exceed 75 degrees Celsius for polyethylene insulated conductors or 90 degrees Celsius for cross-linked-polyethylene (XLP) insulated conductors.

URD (Underground Distribution)

Aluminum URD is designed to be used in secondary distribution circuits where you are installing ducts or in a direct burial type application. Maximum operating temperature is 90 degrees Celsius in both wet and dry locations. Both triplex and quadruplex URD have insulation qualities that provide it strength, versatility, and reliability.

XHHW-2 (XLPE High Heat-resistant Water-resistant)

This product is the newest generation of XHHW wire. It is used in conduit or other recognized raceways for services, feeders, and branch circuit wiring. It has a 600 volt rating and can be applied in wet or dry locations at temps not exceeding 90 degrees Celsius. The previous generation had a lower temperature rating, making XHHW-2 more desirable.

While copper is the most popular conductor, aluminum wire is armed with several advantages and is making its way into the 21st century. Distributor Wire & Cable (DWC) is stocks a variety of aluminum products in its seven warehouse locations in addition to our copper products. We can cut your wire to length and we are ready to ship it anywhere you need it in the United States. Get a quote now or give us a call and talk with a DWC Account Manager for more details! 888.439.2947