Article 370 — Cablebus

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ARTICLE 370 Cablebus
Contents 370.1 Scope 370.2 Definition 370.3 Use 370.4 Conductors (A) Types of Conductors (B) Ampacity of Conductors (C) Size and Number of Conductors (D) Conductor Supports 370.5 Overcurrent Protection 370.6 Support and Extension Through Walls and Floors (A) Support (B) Transversely Routed (C) Through Dry Floors and Platforms (D) Through Floors and Platforms in Wet Locations 370.7 Fittings 370.8 Conductor Terminations 370.9 Grounding 370.10 Marking

368.239 Switches
Switching devices or disconnecting links provided in the busway run shall have the same momentary rating as the busway. Disconnecting links shall be plainly marked to be removable only when bus is de-energized. Switching devices that are not load-break shall be interlocked to prevent operation under load, and disconnecting link enclosures shall be interlocked to prevent access to energized parts.

368.240 Wiring 600 Volts or Less, Nominal
Secondary control devices and wiring that are provided as part of the metal-enclosed bus run shall be insulated by fireretardant barriers from all primary circuit elements with the exception of short lengths of wire, such as at instrument transformer terminals.

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368.244 Expansion Fittings
Flexible or expansion connections shall be provided in long, straight runs of bus to allow for temperature expansion or contraction, or where the busway run crosses building vibration insulation joints.

370.1 Scope 368.258 Neutral
Neutral bus, where required, shall be sized to carry all neutral load current, including harmonic currents, and shall have adequate momentary and short-circuit rating consistent with system requirements. This article covers the use and installation requirements of cablebus and associated fittings.

370.2 Definition
Cablebus. An assembly of insulated conductors with fittings and conductor terminations in a completely enclosed, ventilated protective metal housing. Cablebus is ordinarily assembled at the point of installation from the components furnished or specified by the manufacturer in accordance with instructions for the specific job. This assembly is designed to carry fault current and to withstand the magnetic forces of such current. As shown in Exhibit 370.1, cablebus consists of a metal structure or framework installed in a manner similar to that for a cable tray support system. Insulated conductors, 1/0 AWG or larger, are field installed within the framework on special insulating blocks at specified intervals to provide controlled spacing between conductors. To completely enclose the conductors, a ventilated top cover is attached to the framework.

368.260 Grounding
Metal-enclosed busway shall be grounded.

368.320 Marking
Each busway run shall be provided with a permanent nameplate on which the following information shall be provided: (1) Rated voltage. (2) Rated continuous current; if bus is forced-cooled, both the normal forced-cooled rating and the self-cooled (not forced-cooled) rating for the same temperature rise shall be given. (3) Rated frequency. (4) Rated impulse withstand voltage. (5) Rated 60-Hz withstand voltage (dry). (6) Rated momentary current. (7) Manufacturer’s name or trademark.
FPN: See ANSI C37.23-1987 (R1991), Guide for MetalEnclosed Bus and Calculating Losses in Isolated-Phase Bus, for construction and testing requirements for metalenclosed buses. National Electrical Code Handbook 2005

370.3 Use
Approved cablebus shall be permitted at any voltage or current for which spaced conductors are rated and shall be installed only for exposed work, except as permitted in 370.6. 409
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.) Cablebus installed outdoors or in corrosive. (Courtesy of MPHusky Corp.69 and 310.`.. and services. cablebus shall be permitted to extend vertically through floors and platforms in wet locations where (1) there are curbs or other suitable means to prevent waterflow through the floor or platform opening. 370.`. protected against physical damage. (C) Through Dry Floors and Platforms Except where firestops are required. wet. (C) Size and Number of Conductors The size and number of conductors shall be that for which the cablebus is designed.19...`--- 370.7 m (12 ft) are required. Exception: Overcurrent protection shall be permitted in accordance with 240. 370. (B) Ampacity of Conductors The ampacity of conductors in cablebus shall be in accordance with Tables 310. Exhibit 370.70 for installations over 600 volts.``.8 m (6 ft) above the floor or platform.. 05/06/2005 01:40:59 MDT Questions or comments about this message: please call the Document Policy Group at 303-397-2295.`..`. other than fire walls. Vertical and horizontal spacing between supported conductors shall not be less than one conductor diameter at the points of support. Cablebus shall not be installed in hoistways or hazardous (classified) locations unless specifically approved for such use.17 and 310. or damp locations shall be identified for such use.4. feeders.. and unventilated.`-`-`. 370.6 Support and Extension Through Walls and Floors (A) Support Cablebus shall be securely supported at intervals not exceeding 3.. nominal. shall be permitted to be used as the equipment grounding conductor for branch circuits and feeders. where bonded. Cablebus framework. (B) Transversely Routed Cablebus shall be permitted to extend transversely through partitions or walls...7 m (12 ft). or with Tables 310.. such as guards where subject to severe physical damage 2005 National Electrical Code Handbook Document provided by IHS Licensee=ExxonMobil/1890500101.`.`. (D) Through Floors and Platforms in Wet Locations Except where firestops are required. cablebus shall be permitted to extend vertically through dry floors and platforms... Exception: Where spans longer than 3.`. provided the section within the wall is continuous. The individual conductors in a cablebus shall be sup410 Copyright National Fire Protection Association Provided by IHS under license with NFPA --``.4 Conductors (A) Types of Conductors The current-carrying conductors in cablebus shall have an insulation rating of 75ЊC (167ЊF) or higher and be an approved type suitable for the application.5 Overcurrent Protection Cablebus shall be protected against overcurrent in accordance with the allowable ampacity of the cablebus conductors in accordance with 240.7 Fittings A cablebus system shall include approved fittings for the following: (1) Changes in horizontal or vertical direction of the run (2) Dead ends (3) Terminations in or on connected apparatus or equipment or the enclosures for such equipment (4) Additional physical protection where required. the structure shall be specifically designed for the required span length.1 A section of cablebus with conductors in place and the ventilated top cover ready to be attached to the busway frame.4 Article 370 — Cablebus ported at intervals not greater than 900 mm (3 ft) for horizontal runs and 450 mm (11⁄2 ft) for vertical runs..101 for over 600 volts. and in no case smaller than 1/0 AWG.8 m (6 ft) above the floor or platform. . Cablebus shall be permitted to be used for branch circuits. (D) Conductor Supports The insulated conductors shall be supported on blocks or other mounting means designed for the purpose.370..100 and 240. and (2) where the cablebus is totally enclosed at the point where it passes through the floor or platform and for a distance of 1. provided the cablebus is totally enclosed at the point where it passes through the floor or platform and for a distance of 1.

10 Marking Each section of cablebus shall be marked with the manufacturer’s name or trade designation and the maximum diameter.. and junction boxes. 370.`-`-`.. Division 2 locations as permitted in 501. thereby permitting the installation of electric conductors from a distribution center to the floor cells..20.10 Size of Conductors 372. or other means for carrying steam.`. A single..8 Conductor Terminations Approved terminating means shall be used for connections to cablebus conductors. 372.Article 372 — Cellular Concrete Floor Raceways 372. 372. The end joints shall be closed by a metal closure fitting and sealed against the entrance of concrete. 05/06/2005 01:40:59 MDT Questions or comments about this message: please call the Document Policy Group at 303-397-2295..9 Inserts 372.13 Discontinued Outlets 372. air..`. and ampacity of the conductors to be installed.`.4 Uses Not Permitted Conductors shall not be installed in precast cellular concrete floor raceways as follows: (1) Where subject to corrosive vapor (2) In any hazardous (classified) locations except as permitted by 504. the hollow spaces in floors constructed of precast cellular concrete slabs. The header shall be mechanically secured to the top of the precast cellular concrete floor.5 Header 372. water.. This construction method is very similar in design. The header shall be electrically continuous throughout its entire length and shall be electrically bonded to the enclosure of the distribution center... together with suitable metal fittings designed to provide access to the floor cells. tubes.17 Ampacity of Conductors Section 300. voltage rating.9 Grounding A cablebus installation shall be grounded and bonded in accordance with Article 250.1 Scope This article covers cellular concrete floor raceways.6 370. other than for supplying ceiling outlets or extensions to the area below the floor but not above FPN: See 300. the direction of the cell being parallel to the direction of the floor member. excluding 250. number. Transverse metal raceways for electric conductors. this wiring method consists of floor cells (that are part of the structural floor system).86. 2.. Exception No.12 Splices and Taps 372.2 Definitions Cell. 372.15(B)(2) apply to the installed conductors. Markings shall be located so as to be visible after installation. ARTICLE 372 Cellular Concrete Floor Raceways Summary of Changes • 372.8 prohibits the installation of electric conductors in raceways or cable trays containing any pipes.17: Added requirement that the ampacity adjustment factors of 310. header ducts laid at right angles to the cells and used to carry conductors from cabinets to cells. gas.`--- .2 Definitions 372.`. Basically. and in Class I. 372.`.5 Header The header shall be installed in a straight line at right angles to the cells..1 Scope 372. Contents 372.. or drainage or for any service other than electrical. Header..7 Junction Boxes 372.10(B)(3) (3) In commercial garages.``.11 Maximum Number of Conductors 372..6 Connection to Cabinets and Other Enclosures 372. National Electrical Code Handbook 2005 Copyright National Fire Protection Association Provided by IHS under license with NFPA --``. 372. enclosed tubular space in a floor made of precast cellular concrete slabs.. application.`.6 Connection to Cabinets and Other Enclosures Connections from headers to cabinets and other enclosures shall be made by means of listed metal raceways and listed fittings. 411 Document provided by IHS Licensee=ExxonMobil/1890500101.8 for installation of conductors with other systems.`. providing access to predetermined cells of a precast cellular concrete floor.8 Markers 372. 370. and adaptation to cellular metal floor raceways.4 Uses Not Permitted 372. Cellular concrete floor raceways are a form of floor deck construction commonly used in high-rise office buildings.

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