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Standard Power Cable Ampacity Tables

inactive, Most Current
Organization: IEEE
Publication Date: 22 September 1994
Status: inactive
Page Count: 66


(This foreword is not a part of IEEE Std 835-1994, IEEE Standard Power Cable Ampacity Tables.)

The original edition of the "Current Carrying Capacity" tables was published by the Insulated Power Cable Engineers Association (IPCEA) in 1943. With the advent of new types of cables and better knowledge of thermal circuits, IPCEA decided, in 1954, that a new edition should be published. Since the AIEE Insulated Conductors Committee was interested in the subject, a joint AIEE-IPCEA working group was formed to handle the technical aspects. The members of this working group were J. H. Neher, Chair, E H. Buller, R. W. Burrell, W. A. Del Mar, M. H. McGrath, E. J. Merrell, H. A. Schumacher and R. J. Wiseman. The financing of the computer programming and calculations was underwritten by IPCEA, now ICEA, while the AIEE (now the IEEE) assumed the publishing role for the 1962 version of the AIEE-IPCEA Ampacity Tables Standard. This standard, identified as AIEE S-135-1 and S-135-2 and IPCEA Publication P-46-426, served the industry well for the last 30 years.

From 1970 onward, the design and application of medium and high voltage cables underwent many changes. The use of medium voltage extruded dielectric cables grew tremendously in the United States and throughout many other industrialized countries. New insulating materials and improvements in the design and installation of underground cables were developed, creating a need for updating and expanding the original ampacity tables. Advances in computer technology could also be utilized to facilitate the work on new tables.

Because of continuing demand for upgraded tables, the IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC) was asked to undertake a project to meet this need. In the late 1970's, ICC formed a working group within the Cable Characteristics Subcommittee, Project 3-1, to prepare a document outlining the scope of work necessary to establish parameters, and to update the cable constructions and design changes that had taken place since the original publication. This would then lead to a revision and expansion of the ampacity tables. This document, P835, was prepared and subsequently approved by the ICC and the IEEE Standards Board in 1984. However, the large amount of computer time and work by experts in the field to compile the actual tables placed this project beyond the reach of the normal volunteer approach to creating IEEE standards. Thus, due to lack of funds, the project languished for several years.

In 1990, following a special meeting of the ICC officers and colleagues during the Winter Power Meeting in Atlanta, a new effort to resurrect this project was developed. This new effort included a drive to raise the necessary funds through contributions from companies and individuals who would benefit from the new tables. This was the first attempt ever to raise funds from IEEE members and companies to support a standard. Following IEEE approval, this drive was launched and was successful in meeting the project's financial needs. A letter ballot was circulated to ICC voting members in 1990 to reaffirm the scope of the project. After minor changes were made to resolve negative votes, the IEEE contracted for the needed services. Following completion of the initial tables, a team of volunteers was appointed to verify preliminary results through manual computations.

In addition to the Chair, Past Chair, and members of the Working Group (listed on the next page), other ICC members are deserving of special recognition in bringing this project to fruition. Roland Watkins, while ICC Chair in 1990 and 1991, was instrumental in reviving the project and instigating the successful fund raising effort. Past ICC Chairs E. Duffy, I. Berkhan, J. B. Gardner, B. Smith, and T. Balaska worked diligently during their terms, along with the past chairs of the Working Group, to solve the problems that were delaying the project. A special thanks is given to M. A. Martin, Jr., who fostered this project from its early beginnings in the late 1970's to its publication in 1994. Over this time period, he spent many volunteer hours educating the IEEE on the need for this project.

While it is the policy of the IEEE to not publicly recognize IEEE employees and paid professionals involved in the development of IEEE standards, it goes without saying that this document could not have been created without their dedicated effort. We must also document the use of commercial computer programs identified as USAMP and TRAMP in the compilation of these tables, although IEEE owns the copyright and assumes full responsibility for this publication.

The initial ground work by the original AIEE-IPCEA Working Group laid the foundation for ampacity tables in this IEEE standard, The IEEE sincerely appreciates the working relationship it has maintained with ICEA and the effort by ICEA members in the development of new tables.


This standard provides calculated ratings for the following cables:

Type 1: 600 V-5 kV unshielded extruded dielectric

Type 2: 5-15 kV two conductor shielded URD single phase extruded dielectric

Type 3: 5-46 kV single conductor extruded dielectric

Type 4: 69-138 kV single conductor, unfilled, crosslinked polyethylene

Type 5: 69-138 kV single conductor, filled crosslinked polyethylene and ethylene propylene rubber

Type 6: 5 kV and 15 kV three conductor extruded dielectric

Type 7: 5-35 kV single conductor paper insulated, lead sheathed

Type 8: 5-35 kV, three conductor, paper insulated, lead sheathed, shielded

Type 9: 69-500 kV, single conductor, self contained, paper insulated, liquid filled

Type 10: 69 kV, three conductor, self-contained, paper insulated, liquid filled

Type 11 : 69-500 kV high pressure, paper insulated, liquid filled, pipe type

Type 12: 115-500 kV high pressure, laminated paper, polypropylene insulated, liquid filled, pipe type

Type 13: 69-138 kV high-pressure gas-filled, pipe type

Installation conditions include duct banks (as shown in figure 1), direct buried cables, cables buried in ducts, buried pipes, horizontal cable in ducts, in air and vertical non-vented riser cables. The various operating conditions for each of the cable designs and installation conditions are described in the technical features of the tables (clause 3).

Document History

September 22, 1994
Standard Power Cable Ampacity Tables
Foreword (This foreword is not a part of IEEE Std 835-1994, IEEE Standard Power Cable Ampacity Tables.) The original edition of the "Current Carrying Capacity" tables was published by the Insulated...
September 22, 1994
Standard Power Cable Ampacity Tables
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