16th Edition (reference only) – NOW superseded by the 17th Edition IEE Regulations.

chapter 5

chapter 6

Cables, conduits and trunking
  4.1 - Cable insulation materials 4.4 - Cable supports, joints and terminations
  4.2 - Cables 4.5 - Cable enclosures
  4.3 - Cable choice 4.6 - Conductor and cable identification

4.2.5 - Corrosion

The metal sheaths and armour of cables, metal conduit and conduit fittings, metal trunking and ducting, as well as the fixings of all these items, are likely to suffer corrosion in damp situations due to chemical or electrolytic attack by certain

materials, unless special precautions are taken. The offending materials include:

1. - unpainted lime, cement and plaster,

2. - floors and dados including magnesium chloride,

3. - acidic woods, such as oak,

4. - plaster undercoats containing corrosive salts,

5. - dissimilar metals which will set up electrolytic action.

In all cases the solution to the problem of corrosion is to separate the materials between which the corrosion occurs. For chemical attack, this means having suitable coatings on the item to be installed, such as galvanising or an enamel or plastic coating. Bare copper sheathed cable, such as mineral insulated types, should not be laid in contact with galvanised material like a cable tray if conditions are likely to be damp. A p.v.c. covering on the cable will prevent a possible corrosion problem.

To prevent electrolytic corrosion, which is particularly common with aluminium-sheathed cables or conduit, a careful choice of the fixings with which the aluminium comes into contact is important, especially in damp situations. Suitable materials are aluminium, alloys of aluminium which are corrosion resistant, zinc alloys complying with BS 1004, porcelain, plastics, or galvanised or sheradised iron or steel


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Extracted from The Electricians Guide Fifth Edition
by John Whitfield

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