I was told that there are no wire terminations rated more than 75C degrees, and that this limits you to the temperature of the wire being used. Example - If I choose 2 aught THHN-2 from the table 310.16 the maximum ampacity would be 195 amps at 90C degrees, but because my termination was 75C degrees you would have to drop back to the 75C THHN conductor, which is rated at 175 amps. Is this correct?
If you dont mind, what type of terminations are you trying to get for 2/0? Most insulated for a few years or so have been 90C, and I cant remember ever seeing non insulated with under 90C. Unless were talking apples and oranges? As gfretwell mentioned devices, breakers and such are a different story.
Take a look at 110.14C... I believe this is the code you're reffering to? Then 310.16, with ambient tempature correction factor. And 310.15 after that... The wire size could change some more? --------------------------------- Then a saving grace in 240.4B, via 240.6.
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There is no UL Listed device termination rated at 90C. The rating of individual components such as a lug only is not the same as the overall rating of the device as required by 110.14(C).
I have always liked the Square D publication Wire Temperature Ratings and Terminations that discusses wires and terminations. "When terminations are inside equipment such as panelboards, motor control centers, switchboards, enclosed circuit breakers, safety switches, etc., follow the temperature rating identified on the equipment labeling instead of the rating of the lug itself.
JBD The SQ D publication was a good one. As you say, it makes clear there is no distribution or utilization equipment 600v or less listed 90C. Also helpful for me was the reference included to 110.40, 90C above 600V.