CCS EARTH CONDUCTOR*
The Copper Covered Steel (CCS) earth conductor has an inner steel
wire core to which the copper is applied to each wire through an extremely
high pressure extrusion process to fully bond the copper to the inner steel core.
CCS is available as a ‘single wire’ or as a ‘rope layered stranded’
cable or a ‘rope layered stranded cable that has been darkened’.
The CCS wire and strand have:
high current carrying capacity characteristics in short-time durations
high strength properties
meet IEEE recommendations.
CCS THEFT DETERRENT
Due to the inner core being a high tensile steel theft of the CCS cable
is very difficult. Tools like a hack-saw or bolt cutter have little impact cutting
the cable thus deterring theft.
As the CCS is made up of steel and copper any cable that may be stolen
has very little value to scrap merchants.
LECTROWELD EXOTHERMICALLY WELDED
The CCS wire and strand must LECTROWELD exothermic welded to
ensure the joints in the earth system have been ‘eliminated’ and the
CCS earth conductor becomes ‘continuous’.
PROPERTIES FOR EARTHING APPLICATIONS
CCS has been tested and the ratings are shown in the table below.
The ‘EQ’ in the table indicates the CCS EQUIVALENT of a copper conductor