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This document details the units entered into the Thermal Rating Properties section of the Electrical tab in the Cable Data window (accessible via Sections  Cable and Concentrated Loads Files  Create New Cable File ...). Formulas for derived properties are also provided as a guide to creating custom cables.
Thermal bimetallic properties for a cable are enabled by checking the Bimetallic check box in the Thermal Rating Properties input group. The properties for the outer strands are always visible and represent all of the cable's strands when bimetallic properties are disabled. The properties for the core strands are only visible when the bimetallic properties are enabled.
Most thermal properties will have two inputs when modeling thermal bimetallic conductors – one value for the outer strands and another value for the core strands. Be sure to properly differentiate between outer and core strand material/geometric properties to ensure that the final composite cable properties are correct.
Note that the use of °C and °K temperature units are interchangeable for thermal properties because the rate of change for Celsius and Kelvin are the same. PLSCADD typically uses °C while some properties may traditionally be provided using °K.
Cable files also allow the bimetallic modeling of stress/strain via a similar, but independent, check box under the Physical tab of the Cable Data window. The two independent bimetallic settings allow a cable to be modeled as monometallic for the stress/strain relationship and as bimetallic for thermal calculations if so desired.
Property  SI Units  Imperial Units  Comments 
Emissivity Coefficient  dimensionless  dimensionless  See applicable standard. 
Solar Absorption Coefficient  dimensionless  dimensionless  See applicable standard. 
Measurement Temperature  °C  °F  
Radial Thermal Conductivity  W/(m·°K)  W/(m·°K)  The units for this property are typically provided in SI so Imperial units are the same. 
Heat Capacity  (W·s)/(m·°C)  (W·s)/(ft·°F)  Calculate using (c·γ·A) from the physical properties table below. 
DC Resistivity  MΩ·km  MΩ·mile  
DC Resistance Coefficient  1/°C  1/°F  
Unit Weight  N/m  lb/ft  Calculate using (g·γ·A) from the physical properties table below. 
Cross Section Area  mm^{2}  in^{2}  Same as A in physical properties table below but with different units. 
Heat Capacity Coefficient  1/°C  1/°F  
Layers  dimensionless  dimensionless  
Core Diameter  mm  in 
The above formulas for heat capacity and unit weight require different units for some properties compared to what is used in the PLSCADD cable file editor. Refer to the following table for the correct units to use with those formulas.
Symbol  Property  SI Units  Imperial Units  Comments 
A  cross section area  m^{2}  ft^{2}  Same as input area but different units for formulas above. 
c  specific heat capacity  (W·s)/(kg·°C)  (W·s)/(lb·°F)  
γ  density  kg/m^{3}  lb/ft^{3}  SI requires mass density and Imperial requires weight density. 
g  gravitational acceleration or conversion factor  9.807 m/s^{2}  1  Imperial value is dimensionless. 