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# what size wire do you need for a 200 amp 3 phase feeder

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what size wire do you need for a 200 amp 3 phase feeder
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 2 years ago.

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1) What is the 3-phase voltage and approximate distance?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

480vac 400 ft

Expert:  Kevin replied 2 years ago.

1) Calculating the voltage drop using a 200 amp load with 480VAC 3-Phase @ a 400 foot run results in 2/0 Copper with a 2.7% voltage drop or 13 volts

2) Calculating the voltage drop using a 200 amp load with 480VAC 3-Phase @ 400 foot run results in 4/0 Aluminum with a 2.5% voltage drop or 11.8 volts

3) Due to the distance, the use of 4/0 Aluminum will be more cost efficient than using copper conductors.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

so would I need a 3c 2/0 cabal or what do you recommend I want to use copper

Expert:  Kevin replied 2 years ago.

1) Nick..... 2/0 copper will work fine, but keep in mind that copper will cost more than aluminum does. I also prefer to use copper as much as I can. Was just trying to provide you with both options.

2) Either one will work as they are both under the recommended 3% maximum voltage drop.

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Expert:  Kevin replied 2 years ago.

Nick...........thank you for the positive rating as well as the bonus.............much appreciated!

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