A composite core conductor for low sag at high temperatures

Ahmad Alawar, Eric J. Bosze, Steven R. Nutt

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A new type of overhead conductor with a polymer composite core is evaluated in terms of the mechanical properties and operating characteristics. The conductor is composed of trapezoidal O'-tempered aluminum wires helically wound around a hybrid glass/carbon composite core produced by pultrusion. The conductor is intended for electrical power transmission, and is designated ACCC/TW, for aluminum conductor composite core/trapezoidal wire. Measurements of core properties and conductor sag at high temperatures were compared to conventional ACSR (aluminum conductor, steel-reinforced) of the same diameter. The tensile strength of the ACCC/TW was ∼1.5 times greater than conventional ACSR of the same outer diameter. The CTE of the composite core was approximately 4 times lower than the steel core in ACSR. The ACCC/TW conductor exhibited a six-fold reduction in high-temperature sag compared with conventional ACSR (Drake) when operated at the same current. The ACCC/TW conductor also exhibited greater ampacity than ACSR conductor at all operating temperatures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2193-2199
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005


  • Aluminum conductor composite core (ACCC)
  • Aluminum conductor steel reinforced (ACSR)
  • Aluminum conductor steel supported (ACSS)
  • Overhead conductors
  • Sag
  • Stress strain curve
  • Tensile strength
  • Tensile test
  • Unidirectional composites material

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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