What are cable cleats?

What are cable cleats?

“A cable cleat is a device designed to secure electrical cables when installed at intervals along the length of the cables” – IEC 61914 Cable Cleats for Electrical Installations

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“Cable cleats should:

Prevent excessive cable movement due to fault-current magnetic forces

Be rated for specific cable size and available current.”

The fifth edition of API Recommended Practice 14F (Design, Installation and Maintenance of Electrical Systems for Fixed and Floating Offshore Petroleum Facilities).

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“Single core electric cables are to be firmly fixed, using supports of strength adequate to withstand forces corresponding to the values of the peak prospective short-circuit current.” – Lloyds Register. Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Ships, Part 6, Control, Electrical, Refrigeration and Fire.

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“Cables are to be installed and supported in ways to avoid chafing and undue stress in the cable.” – ABS Steel Vessel Rules 4-8-4/21.9 Cable Support, 4-8-4/21.9.1 General and 4-8-4/21.9.3 Clips, Saddles, Straps

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“In order to guard against the effects of electro dynamic forces developing on the occurrence of a short-circuit or earth fault, single core cables shall be firmly fixed, using supports of strength adequate to withstand the dynamic forces corresponding to the prospective fault current at that point of the installation.” DNV Rules for Ships / High Speed Light Craft and Naval Surface Craft, Pt. 4 Ch. 8 Sec.10 – page 68, C50

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ALWAYS REMEMBER: Any power cable system designer or installer has an obligation to consider the method of securing cables in order to restrain their movement whether caused by an electrical fault or any other reason – a job that can only be safely and securely done with correctly specified cable cleats.

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