Resource Library

Electrical Resources


Welcome to Copper Development Association's Electrical Resource Library. Here you will find all of our resources – as PDFs and webcasts – related to copper's electrical applications.

To access a resource, simply click on the preview picture. Below are the different sections, for quick navigation.

Copper Conductivity Materials Database

This page introduces coppers and copper alloys for conductivity applications and provides details of their properties and uses.

Publications

 High Conductivity Copper for Electrical Engineering  

High Conductivity Copper for Electrical Engineering



This publication describes the electrical and mechanical properties of high conductivity copper and copper alloys that are intended for use in electrical applications. 2016. 32pp.

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 Copper in Electrical Contacts  

Copper in Electrical Contacts


 
This publication looks at the properties required for contact materials, and to identify those applications in which copper or copper alloys have special advantages. 1980, revised 2015. 36pp. 

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 Copper for Busbars - Guidance for Design and Installation    

Copper for Busbars – Guidance for Design and Installation

This 2014 update of a classic, 1936 publication provides the information needed to design efficient, economic and reliable busbar systems. 108pp.

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 High Conductivity Coppers: Technical Data   High Conductivity Coppers: Technical Data

These data sheets, originally published in a series from 1968–1972, cover all the main coppers and copper alloys. They contain an invaluable summary of data relating to the physical and mechanical properties of the materials at low, ambient and elevated temperatures which is not available elsewhere.

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 Earthing Practice  

Earthing Practice

This publication explains the reasons for earthing systems, legislation and includes chapters on corrosion resistance and the properties of copper. 1997. 108pp.

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 Harmonics, Transformers and K-Factors  

Harmonics, Transformers and K-Factors



Transformers used to supply IT equipment and other non-linear loads need to be de-rated to between 60 and 80% of their nominal capacity. This technical note explains why, and how to determine the correct factor. 2000. 6pp.

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Webcasts (Narrated Presentations)

Busbar Design Basics  

Busbar Design Basics

This webinar provides an introduction to busbar design concepts - choice of material, how to size busbars and how to optimise the lifetime costs, plus a demonstration of the CDA Busbar Design Software.

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 Harmonic Regulation and Compatibility  

Harmonic Regulation and Compatibility

This webcast explains the need for Harmonic Regulation, such as the UK Recommendation G5/4, and the concept of compatibility on which it is based.

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 Power Quality in Low Voltage Installations - Harmonics  

Power Quality in Low Voltage Installations - Harmonics

This presentations describes what harmonic waveforms look like, what kind of loads produce them, what typical harmonic profiles can be expected, what problems they cause and the mitigation measures you can use?

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 Power Quality in Low Voltage Installations - Voltage Dips  

Power Quality in Low Voltage Installations - Voltage Dips

This presentation looks at the causes and effects of voltage dips, examining typical network performance, equipment performance and the compatibility gap between them. This gap must be covered in practice by good installation design and the right choice of mitigation equipment.

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