Available cables are stored in a library database. The following image gives a general overview of how the library is organised:
While using myCableEngineering.com, you will be asked to select the cable source and then the appropriate library cable (depending on the source selected). Selection of the cross-sectional area is achieved with the aid of calculations and guidance from the application.
Our Cable Types
Within myCableEngineering.com we support the following high-level cable types (implemented at the source level):
- Generic Cables - based on IEC 60502 fictitious dimensions calculation (Appendix A)
- Standard Based - in line with maximum dimensions given in the appropriate manufacturing standard
- Manufacturer's Cables - with limits and dimensions as given by the cable manufacturer
Note Generic Cables - based on IEC 60502 fictitious calculation, with the following assumptions: cables greater than 1500 V are assumed to have both conductor and insulation semi-conducting layer, insulation metallic screen and a collective metallic screen for multicore cables. Armoured cables greater than 1500 V have a separation sheath (bedding) between the core screen (single core cables) or collective screen (multicore cables) and armour. Armoured multicore cables less than 1500 V have a separation sheath between the laid-up cores and armour. Unarmoured cables (all voltages) have no separation sheath. Armour is assumed tubular, with thickness 2.5 mm for cables less than 300 mm2 and 3.15 mm for those above this.
For a detailed current list of our cable, see Supported Cables.
If you are not certain which cables to use, the easiest option is to choose a generic cable. However, more accurate results will be obtained from using a manufacturer specific cable or a standard based cable.