Fundamentals of Aluminum Conductors

 Part 2: Installation and Maintenance

William H. Bartley, P.E., Hartford Steam Boiler

The increased use of aluminum conductors in the 1960s and 1970s led to millions of dollars in electrical breakdown claims for Hartford Steam Boiler and many millions more in fire losses for property insurers. These claims were primarily the result of failures of aluminum connectors or connections. But, the proper preparation and installation of aluminum conductors can reduce or even eliminate this type of failure. Part 1 of this article addressed the characteristics of aluminum conductors. Part 2 discusses proper installation and maintenance. »more

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