Copper Clad Steel (CCS) is produced by metallurgically bonding copper to a steel wire. Produced in 21%, 30% and 40% conductivity low carbon steel, solid cladding yields a superior product that is more dense and ductile when compared to electroplated deposits. Superior practice and steel core selection allow for extreme cold work without requiring additional heat treatment reaching area reductions consistently above 98.5%. The coating is comprised of oxygen free copper while the thickness remains in the same ratio to the cross-section as the wire is drawn.
CCS meets or exceeds the requirements for ASTM B-869, ASTM B-452, ASTM B-227 and ASTM B-910. Acknowledged by the IEEE Std 80-2000, CCS is an economical solution for both the short and long term applications.
From 2001 until 2008, the price of the metal increased by more than 500%, a tempting payday for even the most novice thieves who are willing to risk just about anything. Copper theft is causing utility companies to lose service daily, costing millions of dollars.
Harder to cut and little to zero scrap value, CCS provides a sensible alternative to using copper wiring.
GroundSmart® Copper Clad Steel offers a safe, highly reliable alternative to using solid and stranded copper for grounding applications. Instead of solid copper wire, cost conscious engineers are specifying 40% DSA (dead soft annealed) copper clad steel grounding wire for various industries because of its special properties including:
> Excellent current carrying capacity
> Lower weight per liner foot
> Durability and flexibility
> Low impedance path
> Excellent fusing current capabilities
> Significant greater fatigue resistance than copper
CommScope’s BiMetal solutions, including CCS and CCA, are used in applications ranging from substation grounding to lightning protection to long-term protection for underground cabling.
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