Does armoured cable need earthing?

Does armoured cable need earthing?

Whether or whether the armouring of a steel wire armoured cable (swa) is used as a protective conductor, it should always be adequately earthed to guarantee that ADS standards are satisfied. If an earth fault occurs in any other part of the electrical system, for example due to corrosion of a metal component, then the charge will flow through the patient into this spare element causing serious injury or death.

The presence of a metallic core within an armoured cable provides some protection from external damage but does not prevent all damage. An internal breakdown can still occur if there is leakage along the inside of the cable sheath. This can happen if there are manufacturing defects or if the cable is damaged during installation / maintenance.

In addition, metallic cables are more susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI) because it can penetrate the outer covering. This can cause problems with other equipment that uses radio frequency (RF) signals, such as radar sensors and wireless communication devices.

Finally, metallic cables may produce unwanted radiation when exposed to magnetic fields from power lines or motors, which could harm patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.

Therefore, metallic cables should not be placed in areas where they could be exposed to magnetic fields, such as MRI rooms.

What are armoured cables and steel wire armoured cables (SWA)?

Electrical cables must be mechanically protected if they are to be used outside or in direct burial projects. Aluminium wire armour, or AWA, and steel wire armour, or SWA, as well as cables with higher pulling pressures, provide such protection. Armoured cables are classified into two types: aluminum wire armour and steel wire armour. The difference between the two is that aluminium wire armour is less rigid than steel wire armour and will usually allow some movement of the wires within the tube.

Both types of cable can be used as grounding cables to connect equipment to the power line ground. If exposed to moisture, however, metal wires within the cable may cause corrosion. This could lead to a short circuit if not detected and removed.

Armoured cables are most commonly used for undergrounding electrical distribution masts and lines. The mechanical strength of the cable protects it from being pulled out by wind or other forces when it is laid down inside conduits or trenches. Also, if one section of cable is damaged, the rest of the cable remains functional because its internal wiring does not touch that section.

Cables with aluminium wire armour are generally more flexible than those with steel wire armour. This allows them to be woven into fabric without breaking too many wires within the cable. Such cables are often used for indoor applications where they need to be flexed but not overly stretched.

Cables with steel wire armour are less likely to break when bent around curves or under tension.

Where do we use armoured cable?

The steel wire armoured cable, often known as the SWA cable, is a power and auxiliary control cable developed for use in mains supply electricity. Underground systems, cable networks, power networks, outdoor and interior applications, and cable ducting are all examples of uses. The cable is manufactured with an internal metal shield to provide protection from electrical interference and external forces.

Armoured cable is used in high-risk areas where there is a chance of explosive devices being placed on the network. This includes crime scenes before they are cleaned up by forensic scientists, police stations, and jails where prisoners may try to obtain weapons or communicate threats via electrical circuits.

Armoured cable can also be used in hazardous locations such as around gas pipes, cables running through walls, or inside buildings. These areas must be checked regularly for damage or contamination.

Finally, armoured cable can be found in remote or inaccessible places such as military bases, mines, oil fields, towers, and dams. The people who work in these situations need a reliable way to transmit data and electricity while keeping their hands free for other tasks. Armored cable makes this possible by providing a continuous loop that does not have to be connected or disconnected when working in different sections of the site.

SWA cable is most commonly seen in power distribution networks, but it can also be found in telephone networks, computer networks, air-conditioning networks, and more.

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Philip Chapen

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