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Overcoming Project Challenges for Electrical Conduit Sweeps in Data Centers and Utilities

By Jul 1, 2023
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With their pivotal roles in shaping America’s power landscape, both the technology and energy sectors are set to experience exponential growth, and anticipated data center needs are projected to surge nearly 10% annually until the year 2030

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With their pivotal roles in shaping America’s power landscape, both the technology and energy sectors are set to experience exponential growth.

Anticipated data center needs are projected to surge nearly 10% annually until the year 2030. Concurrently, driven by legislative changes, innovative technology and the renewable sector’s escalating influence, the power and utilities industry is evolving and expanding rapidly.

Both sectors share a common project requirement: a significant quantity of electrical conduit sweeps and elbows. As a premier provider of electrical conduit for both industries, Champion Fiberglass®  offers product solutions to address prevalent project challenges, such as:

  • Damage due to burn-through
  • Complications during installation
  • Product availability issues
  • Cable fault concerns 
  • Project longevity 

Conquering burn-through challenges

Data center and utilities projects with dense cabling are more prone to expensive repairs due to burn-through. But with fiberglass conduit elbows, a singular circuit winding process lends flexural strength and resilience to absorb mechanical impact, shielding cables from burn-through thereby eliminating costly repairs. Additionally, fiberglass is unique as it is the only electrical conduit material where cables do not melt or weld to the conduit’s inner surface.

Efficient, cost-effective and safe installations

With a 0.38 coefficient of friction, fiberglass conduit sweeps present a significantly lower coefficient of friction than 0.55 for galvanized rigid steel (GRC) and 0.90 for PVC SCH 40 and 80. This low coefficient of friction allows for longer conduit runs with fewer pull boxes, resulting in faster and smoother pulls with less labor, costs and risks. Additionally, with its nonconductive nature, fiberglass conduit enables safer installations with diminished chances of electrical injuries.
For projects involving large-diameter fiberglass conduit sweeps, considerable labor savings can be realized through swift installations. As per NECA, fiberglass installation labor time is just a fraction of that required for heavy GRC or PVC-coated steel. Projected savings for your project can be estimated with the Champion Fiberglass Elbow Calculator.

Conduit elbow availability

Champion Fiberglass Elbows are readily available in sizes from ¾ in. through 8 in., with limited sizes available beyond 8 in., as well as larger radii, and are shipped promptly. A range of transition and termination options compatible with RTRC or other electrical conduit systems is also available. And given their suitability for both below and above ground applications, Champion Fiberglass elbows are a preferred conduit for buried transmission lines.

To gain a comprehensive understanding of the benefits and features of Champion Fiberglass’s no burn-through elbows, download the detailed No Burn-Through Elbow Eguide.

To purchase RTRC conduit elbows today, reach out to your local rep.

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