Cable Impedance Calculations

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This article provides details on the calculation of cable impedances - dc resistance, ac resistance and inductive reactance.

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Cable Resistance

The dc and ac resistance of cable conductors can be calculated based on IEC 60287-1 Clause 2.1.

DC Resistance

The dc resistance of cable conductors is calculated as follows:

R_{dc} = \frac{1.02 \times 10^{6} \times \rho_{20}}{S} \left[ 1 + \alpha_{20} ( \theta - 20 ) \right] \,

WhereR_{dc} \, is the dc resistance at the conductor operating temperature θ (Ω / m)

\rho_{20} \, is the resistivity of the conductor material at 20oC (Ω.m).
  • For copper conductors, \rho_{20} \, = 1.7241 x 10-8
  • For aluminium conductors, \rho_{20} \, = 2.8264 x 10-8
S \, is the cross-sectional area of the conductor (mm2)
\alpha_{20} \, is the temperature coefficient of the conductor material per K at 20oC.
  • For copper conductors, \alpha_{20} \, = 3.93 x 10-3
  • For aluminium conductors, \alpha_{20} \, = 4.03 x 10-3
\theta \, is the conductor operating temperature (oC)

AC Resistance

The ac resistance of cable conductors is the dc resistance corrected for skin and proximity effects.

R_{ac} = R_{dc} \left( 1 + y_{s} + y_{p} \right) \,

WhereR_{ac} \, is the ac resistance at the conductor operating temperature θ (Ω / m)

R_{dc} \, is the dc resistance at the conductor operating temperature θ (Ω / m)
y_{s} \, is the skin effect factor (see below)
y_{p} \, is the proximity effect factor (see below)

The skin effect factor is calculated as follows:

y_{s} = \frac{ x_{s}^{4}} {192 + 0.8 x_{s}^{4}}\,

Where  x_{s}^{4} = \left( \frac{8 \pi f}{R_{dc}} k_{s} \times 10^{-7} \right)^{2} \,

R_{dc} \, is the dc resistance at the conductor operating temperature θ (Ω / m)
 f \, is the supply frequency (Hz)
 k_{s} \, is a constant (see table below)

Note that the formula above is accurate provided that x_{s} \leq 2.8.

The proximity effect factor varies depending on the conductor geometry. For round conductors, the following formulae apply.

For 2C and 2 x 1C cables:

y_{p} = \frac{x_{p}^{4}} {192+ 0.8 x_{p}^{4}} \left( \frac{d_{c}} {s} \right)^{2} \times 2.9 \,

For 3C and 3 x 1C cables:

y_{p} = \frac{x_{p}^{4}} {192+ 0.8 x_{p}^{4}} \left( \frac{d_{c}} {s} \right)^{2} \left[ 0.312 \left( \frac{d_{c}} {s} \right)^{2} + \frac{1.18}{\frac{x_{p}^{4}} {192+ 0.8 x_{p}^{4}} + 0.27} \right] \,

Where  x_{p}^{4} = \left( \frac{8 \pi f} {R_{dc}} k_p \times 10^{-7} \right)^{2} \,

R_{dc} \, is the dc resistance at the conductor operating temperature θ (Ω / m)
 f \, is the supply frequency (Hz)
 d_{c} \, is the diameter of the conductor (mm)
 s \, is the distance between conductor axes (mm)
 k_{p} \, is a constant (see table below)

Note that the formula above is accurate provided that x_{s} \leq 2.8.

For shaped conductors, the proximity effect factor is two-thirds the values calculated above, and with:

 d_{c} \, equal to the diameter of an equivalent circular conductor of equal cross-sectional area and degree of compaction (mm)
 s = d_{c} + t \, where t \, is the thickness of the insulation between conductors (mm)


Type of Conductor Dried and Impregnated? k_{s} \, k_{p} \,
Copper
Round, stranded Yes 1 0.8
Round, stranded No 1 1
Round, segmental - 0.435 0.37
Sector-shaped Yes 1 0.8
Sector-shaped No 1 1
Aluminium
Round, stranded Either 1 1
Round, 4 segment Either 0.28 0.37
Round, 5 segment Either 0.19 0.37
Round, 6 segment Either 0.12 0.37

Cable Reactance

The series inductive reactance of a cable can be approximated by the following equation:

X_{c} = 2 \pi f \left[ K + 0.2 \ln \left( \frac{2s}{d_{c}} \right) \right] \times 10^{-3}  \,

Where X_{c} \, is the conductor inductive reactance (Ω / km)

 f \, is the supply frequency (Hz)
 s \, is the axial spacing between conductors (mm)
 d_{c} \, is the diameter of the conductor, or for shaped conductors, the diameter of an equivalent circular conductor of equal cross-sectional area and degree of compaction (mm)
 K \, is a constant factor pertaining to conductor formation (see below for typical values)


No. of wire strands in conductor K
3 0.0778
7 0.0642
19 0.0554
37 0.0528
>60 0.0514
1 (solid) 0.0500

For 3C and 3 x 1C cables, the axial spacing parameter  s \, depends on the geometry of the conductors:


Image:Axial_spacing.jpg

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