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#128974 - 06/09/04 06:37 AM Parallel conductors
ayrton Offline
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Why do you think the code prohibits running parallel conductors smaller than 1/0??

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#128975 - 06/09/04 09:00 AM Re: Parallel conductors
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If you study the ampacity tables you will see that in the larger sizes of wire an increase in size results in relatively little increase in ampacity. Forinstance, a 50% increase from 10 kcmil to 10.5 kcmil results in an increase in carrying capacity in amperes of less than 15%.
There is no need to parallel conductors smaller than 1/0 because the difference between the carrying capacity in these sizes is much less pronounced.
Although the NEC places the limit, it is really physics that limits paralleled conductors to 1/0 and larger.
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