# Calculating cable weight

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by crossj3, Jul 13, 2018 at 3:16 PM.

1. ### crossj3 Thread Starter New Member

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Hi all

Currently installing a machine and need to know the cable weight required.

400v supply from a generator
Machine has total of 50 kw of motors on it.
The distance between the machine and power source is 35meters.

How do I calculate the cable size required?
I think it's 35mm squared cable. Am I right?
Thanks

2. ### BR-549 Distinguished Member

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Do you mean cable or wire size? And it could depend on physical lay-out. What is the normal temp in that 35 meters?

Are you sure of that 400V figure? AC generator?

3. ### BR-549 Distinguished Member

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Or do you mean the actual physical weight........as for stringing on poles?

4. ### crossj3 Thread Starter New Member

May 10, 2018
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Basically looking for the wire size of each core.
Working in 20 degrees Celsius all the time .
Thanks

5. ### BR-549 Distinguished Member

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I suggest you google "conductor vs current" and look at some wire charts in your language. It will be a large size. Don't forget to look at and figure out the voltage drop for 35 meters.

You might need to buy larger size than you realize.

Jul 18, 2013
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I can see #1.0 AWG for motor loads, is this above or underground?
43mm2 to 33mm2.
Max.

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How many actual motors, can they be started in sequence or at random?
Max.

8. ### dl324 AAC Fanatic!

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That's 125 amps...
We call it gauge, not weight.

For power distribution, I'd use 0 AWG.

9. ### crossj3 Thread Starter New Member

May 10, 2018
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There is 2 motors started one after another in sequence. One starts on star delta and the second one starts after

10. ### crossj3 Thread Starter New Member

May 10, 2018
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Perfect Thanks. Some people call it weight here in Ireland

11. ### -live wire- Active Member

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Um... why are you working with HV and extremely high power when you don't even know how to figure out the required wire gauge? You could easily be killed by a shock or arc blast.

12. ### Hymie Member

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Cable with a cross sectional area of 35mm˄2 (1 AWG) is adequate for a current of up to 125A.

Given the cable length, and allowing a load margin you might consider 50mm˄2 (0 AWG) cable which can handle up to 160A.

13. ### crossj3 Thread Starter New Member

May 10, 2018
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I don't do the wiring. I sold the machine. I just have to supply a power cable with it and want to know which one to buy. An electrician installs it.
I'm usually working with single phase and 12v.

14. ### -live wire- Active Member

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Oh, ok.

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Intended to be fed via conduit? Underground? Above ground?
Max.

16. ### crossj3 Thread Starter New Member

May 10, 2018
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Overground. Mounted on wall brackets. Open to the air I suppose.

17. ### -live wire- Active Member

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Also make sure there is good, thick, durable insulation. You don't want to go too cheap and have an arc blast or short. You will also need a lot thicker than you may think to have a safe margin. If there are any really HV transients, an arc could be established and maintained with the normal voltage. Even with good snubbers, there is always the chance a HVAC motor will create huge voltage spikes.

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What about all the termination enclosures etc?
Max.

19. ### crossj3 Thread Starter New Member

May 10, 2018
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On one end cable goes straight to generator poles.
On The other end the cable goes straight onto the main isolator switch in the machine panel. Enters the panel through a grommet and is bolted onto the isolator bars for each phase. Fused after the isolator.