Current Rating Derating Factors

Low voltage cable derating factors -
Australian and New Zealand conditions

The current rating of a cable is affected by the presence of certain external influences. Under such conditions the current ratings given from the standard AS/NZS 3008.1 shall be corrected by the application of an appropriate factor or factors. Where more than one derating factor applies these shall be multipled to obtain an overall derating factor.
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Installation conditions that avoid derating

Derating factors may be avoided per Section of AS/NZS 3008.1 including:
(a) Mineral insulated (MIMS) cables without serving unless other types of cables are installed in close proximity or within the same wire enclosure.
(b) Limited length of grouping where length does not exceed and whichever is shorter:
(i) 1 m for conductor sizes < 300 mm2 aluminium or < 150 mm2 for copper; or
(ii) 3 m for conductor sizes 300 mm2 or larger aluminium and 150 mm2 or larger for copper; or
(iii) half the length of the cable.
(c) Cables operating at less than 35 % of their rated current capacity.

Derating factor tables

The derating factor Tables below are from both AS/NZS 3008.1.1 (Australian conditions) and AS/NZS 3008.1.2 (New Zealand conditions). The Tables from both standards are the same except for TABLE 27(1) and 27(2) which differ.

Disclaimer: No responsibility is assumed for the accuracy of the Tables below. Further, there are additional notes to these tables which have not been included.

In Air

Table 22
Table 23
Table 24
Table 27(1)
Table 27(1) - New Zealand

Buried - General

Table 27(2)
Table 27(2) - New Zealand
Table 29

Buried - Direct

Table 25(1)
Table 25(2)
Table 28(1)

Buried - Enclosures

Table 26(1)
Table 26(2)
Table 28(2)
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