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Electrical Engineering Workshop: 6 Types of Wires,Wiring Methods, Wire sizes, Types of Wiring Installations etc.

Electrical Engineering Workshop: What is wiring System?
    A network of cables connecting various electrical accessories for distribution of electrical energy from the supplier to various electrical energy consuming devices such as fans, lamps, radio, TV and other domestic appliances through controlling and safety devices known as wiring system.

Types of Supply Systems:

• For Domestic installations, the Power supply is supplied through a phase and a neutral forming a single phase A.C. 230 V
• For industrial establishments, power is supplied through a three-phase 440V. Also called as 3-Phase, 4 wire system.

What is Wire?
A wire is defined as an insulated conductor consisting of one or several flexible strands for the flow of current. A wire can be used as the passage of electrical energy (current) in various forms such as
• Overhead Transmission and distribution lines
• Giving service connection to various consumers
• Winding coils of electrical machines
• Domestic and industrial wiring
• For laying underground cables etc.

Conductor:

Material which has free electrons to conduct “current” through it.

Ex: Cu, Al etc.

Insulator:

Material which doesn’t have free electrons will not allow the current to pass through it.

Ex: PVC, Rubber, Bakelite etc.

Electrical Engineering Workshop-6 Types of Wires:

The types of wires were classified based on Domestic and Industrial Applications and are as follows.

  1. V.I.R.( Vulcanized India Rubber) wire.
  2. T.R.S.(Tough Rubber Sheathed) wire.
  3. Weatherproof wire.
  4. L.C.(Lead Covered) wire.
  5. MICC (Mineral insulated copper covered) wire.
  6. PVC(Poly Vinyl Chloride) wire.
    The detailed explanation of above-mentioned wires is as follows.
6 Types of wire used in Engineering Electrical Workshop
6 Types of wire used in Engineering-Electrical Workshop

1. V.I.R.( Vulcanized India Rubber) Wire:
• In this type of wires, the conductors are made up of aluminum or copper.
• In VIR, the conductor is covered by Rubber insulation and Braiding.
• It has greater properties of durability, mechanical strength, and wear resistance.
• It is suitable for moderate and low voltage cables.

2. TRS (Tough Rubber Sheath) Wire:
• In this type of wires, a layer of strong and durable rubber is provided over the conductor.
• Additionally, the TRS wire is coated with rubber sheath compared with VIR wire i.e. The TRS wire is covered with rubber insulation, rubber sheath, and Braiding.
• The strength of the TRS wire is more than VIR wire.
• Effect of heat, moisture, and water is less in it.
• It is used for both Domestic wiring and Industrial Wiring.
• Single core TRS wire is shown in the figure.

3. Weatherproof Wire:
• There is no effect of the atmosphere on Weather Proof wire.
• Rubber layer is provided on copper-conductor.
• Braiding of cotton is provided on this.
• An outer sheath is inflammable and it is not used in casing-capping type wiring.
• It is useful in service connections and Its use is nowadays has become limited.

4. LC (Lead Covered) Wire:
• A Coating of insulated rubber is provided on the conductor.
• A tube made up of lead is kept over it. Due to that, there is no effect of moisture on the rubber. So it can be used in the presence of moisture.
• As Lead is soft. It is easily affected by mechanical stresses. So care has to be taken while using these types of wire.

5. MICC (Mineral insulated copper covered) Wire:
• In this type of wire, a coating of magnesium oxide is provided as insulation on the copper conductor. Over this copper, a sheath is provided.
• When this wire has to be used in a moist atmosphere, a serving made of PVC is provided over this.
• This wire is less affected by temperature.
• This type of wire is used in wiring in factories, boilers, mines, furnace, rolling mills etc.

6. PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) Wire:
• In this type of wire, insulation made of polyvinyl chloride is provided over copper or aluminum conductor.
• By the usage of PVC wires, the rubber insulated wires are reduced. This wire is generally used in Voltage rating of 11KV.
• PVC is very resistant to corrosion, impact, weathering etc.

Wires sizes:
• As per AWG (American wire gauge), the diameter of the wire is inversely proportional to the AWG number.
Example:
• For Household applications, the diameter of the wire is small but its AWG No. is large i.e.14 AWG whereas for Industrial Applications, the diameter of the wire is large but the AWG No is small i.e. 1 AWG.
• But, the Diameter of the wire is directly proportional to the current carrying in the wire.
• Most household wiring is usually 12 or 14 AWG Wire Size
• Some of the wires are Solid and some are stranded.
• Below figure shows that the wire diameter is inversely proportional to AWG Number.

Click on the Link: Diagram of Wire Sizes

House Wiring Methods:

Whenever a question is asked related to House wiring Methods or Methods of House wiring There are of two methods…

1.Series Method or Joint Box System or Tee System:

  • The series circuit provides a single and continuous path through which current flows.
  • Even, if one device breakdown, the remaining devices will not operate.
  • This method of wiring does not consume too many cables.

2.Parallel Method or Loop-in System:

  • All devices (Ex.Bulbs) are connected in parallel so that the current flows in no.of parallel paths.
  • Each device is connected across the power source. Therefore, if one device breakdowns, other devices continue to operate.
For Diagram, Click on the Link: Series and Parallel Method

 

Wiring Boards or PCB (Printed Circuit Board):

  • A Printed Circuit board (PCB) is the combination of electrical or Data circuits on a horizontal layer of material.
  • PCB’s can be found in many electronic devices. They can be used to connect LCD monitors or computers.

 

Types of Internal Wiring or Wiring Installations or House Wiring systems:

The following are the different types of house wiring system:

  1. Cleat wiring
  2. Wooden casing and capping
  3. Batten wiring or TRS wiring
  4. Lead (or metal) Sheathed Wiring
  5. Conduit Wiring

The detailed explanation is as follows.

1.Cleat Wiring:

  • In this type, wires are clamped by means of porcelain cleats.
  • The cleat is of two halves.
  • One half is grooved through which wire passes while the other fits over the first.
  • The whole assembly is then mounted on the wall or wooden beam with the help of screw.

2.Wooden Casing & Capping:

  • VIR or PVC insulated wires are used.
  • Wires are carried through a wooden casing.
  • The casing is covered with a rectangular strip of wood or PVC of the same width, called capping. The capping is screwed into the casing by means of screws fixed.
  • It is most commonly used in domestic wiring installations.

3.Batten Wiring(CTS or TRS wiring):

  • In this type, the wooden batten(atleast a thickness of 10mm) is fixed on the surface of the wall, by means of screws and raw plugs.
  • Circular Oval shape of cables are used in this wiring.
  • The wire runs on the batten and is clamped using the metal clips
  • This type of wiring is cheap and can be used in residential wiring.
  • CTS or TRS cables are chemical proof, water proof, and steam proof.
  1. Lead Sheathed Wiring:
  • In this type of wiring, Vulcanized India Rubber(V.I.R) conductors covered with lead alloy sheath are used. It is similar to surface wiring.
  • The sheath gives protection from mechanical damage, Moisture and Atmospheric corrosion.
  • The wires with metal sheath are fixed on wooden batten by means of metal clips.
  • This type of wiring is suitable for places which are exposed to sun or rain but unsuitable for the corrosive environment.
  1. Conduit Wiring:

 There are two types of conduit wiring and are as follows

  1. Surface Conduit Wiring
  2. Concealed Conduit Wiring

a) Surface Conduit Wiring:

          If conduits are installed on either wall or roof, It is known as surface conduit wiring. In this wiring method, holes are made on the surface of a wall or on roof at equal distances and the conduit is installed.

b) Concealed Conduit Wiring:

          If the conduit was hidden inside the wall slots with the help of plastering, it is called concealed conduit wiring.

Nowadays, It is the most popular, stronger and common electrical wiring system.

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