16th Edition (reference only) – NOW superseded by the 17th Edition IEE Regulations.

chapter 5

chapter 6

  5.1 - The earthing principle 5.6 - Protective multiple earthing (PME)
  5.2 - Earthing Systems 5.7 - Earthed concentric wiring
  5.3 - Earth fault loop impedance 5.8 - Other protection methods
5.4 - Protective conductors 5.9 - Residual current devices (RCDs)
5.5 - Earth electrodes

5.10 - Combined functional and protective

5.7.2 - Requirements for earthed concentric wiring

Earthed concentric wiring may only be used under very special conditions, which usually involve the use of a private transformer supply or a private generating plant. Since there is no separate path for earth currents, it follows that residual current devices (RCDs) will not be effective and therefore must not be used. The cross-sectional area of the sheath (neutral and earth conductor) of a cable used in such a system must never be less than 4 mm² copper, or 16 mm² aluminium or less than the inner core for a single core cable. All multicore copper mineral insulated cables comply with this requirement, even a I mm² two core cable having the necessary sheath cross-sectional area. However, only single core cables of 6 mm² and below may be used. The combined protective and neutral conductors (sheaths) of such cables must not serve more than one final circuit.

Wherever a joint becomes necessary in the PEN conductor, the contact through the normal sealing pot and gland is insufficient; an extra earth tail must be used as shown in {Fig 5.19}. If it becomes necessary to separate the neutral and protective conductors at any point in an installation, they must not be connected together again beyond that point.

Fig 5.19 Earth tail seal for use in earthed concentric wiring


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Extracted from The Electricians Guide Fifth Edition
by John Whitfield

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