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continuous loads #80828 05/30/02 04:34 PM
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Eandrew Offline OP
I'm confused over ampacity adjustments.

Table 310-16 is based on a continuous load without exceeding the insulation temp. rating -article 100

so why is the 80% corretion factor for a continuous load needed? Is this lower ampacity not built into table 310-16?

Is it necessary to lower the normal ampacity in 310-16 by 20% and then size the wire and overcurrent protection to 125% of that value. -Erik

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Re: continuous loads #80829 05/30/02 08:44 PM
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Roger Offline
Eandrew, article 310-16 is correct. The conductors are rated at 100% and are not the issue in the 80% value. The 80% concerning continuos loads are for OCPD,s and the heat at the connection. If the OCPD is rated for 100% this will not be an issue. I assume by your use of the dash you are refering to the 99 code and if this is the case see 384-16d


Re: continuous loads #80830 05/31/02 02:36 AM
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Eandrew Offline OP
thanks rodger,

I was thinking that the 80% and 125% related to different things. It is clear to me now. Continuous loads are limited to 80% of the overcurrent device rating. A little algebra and you have an overcurrent device must be at 125% of the continuous load. got it, thanx.

Re: continuous loads #80831 05/31/02 06:16 PM
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Roger Offline
You're welcome.



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