High Voltage Transmission Lines
- High voltage transmission lines are traditionally fabricated using a steel center-twisted core for structural support of the conductor wire. This steel core is expensive, heavy, and is susceptible over time to corrosion, stress, and fatigue causing excessive line sag. By removing the steel core and replacing it with aluminum conductor wire with an inner core of Fi-BarTM, the transmission line will become lighter, stronger, more efficient (up to 65% more ampacity), less line loss, and a smaller physical profile, further minimizing the effects of weather (wind, snow, sleet, etc.).
Transmission Line Wire - lighter, stronger, higher ampacity, lower profile
Traditional transmission line cable (shown left) contains heavy steel cable whose primary purpose is to carry the weight of the aluminum conductor wire. ACF's approach to redefining how high voltage transmission wire is fabricated will eliminate the steel inner core of the wire and incorporate our Fi-BarTM into the central core of the aluminum wire which is expected to increase the strength, reduce the weight, and increase the overall ampacity of the system. The result is potentially greater efficiency and fewer blackouts due to breakage. ACF's "Self-Supporting Composite Conductor TM" cable design has greater performance enhancements at a competitive price with an attractive and accelerated return on investment.
High Voltage Transmission Line Towers - stronger, lighter, more cost effective!
– Transmission line towers may be spaced further apart due to the reduced weight of the Self-Supporting Composite Conductor (TM) wire, thereby affecting the overall cost of tower system construction. In addition, the towers themselves can be constructed using Fi-BarTM fibers incorporated into the structural members of the tower components, adding additional strength and reducing the overall cost of upgrades as well as new construction.
Bridge Construction - lighter and stronger!
- Construction materials for bridges have been dominated by steel as the primary material of choice. Recently, aluminum has been introduced for selected applications in bridge construction. Incorporation of Fi-BarTM into aluminum fabricated structures and suspension cables will reduce the overall weight of the bridge while increasing the tensile strength, and reducing corrosion and fatigue, thereby extending the life and safety of the bridge.
Structural Beams - lighter weight, more heat resistant!
- By hot-rolling Fi-BarTM into construction grade steel during the manufacturing process, structural beams gain the added benefit of being more heat resistant (>4,000° F), enabling the main structural steel to retain their load-bearing strength under extreme temperatures. When incorporated into aluminum, the similarly configured aluminum beam will be stronger and lighter than the steel beam in applications where tensile strength is the primary function of the component. The failure of the Twin Towers in New York City was due to the fire-resistant insulation on the main structural beams being dislodged due to the impact of the planes, combined with the extreme heat from the aviation fuel, causing the steel beams to soften and buckle, resulting in catastrophic failure.
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