• UL 2556 : 4

    Superseded A superseded Standard is one, which is fully replaced by another Standard, which is a new edition of the same Standard.

    WIRE AND CABLE TEST METHODS

    Available format(s):  Hardcopy

    Superseded date:  05-05-2021

    Language(s):  English

    Published date:  01-12-2015

    Publisher:  Underwriters Laboratories

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    PREFACE
    1 Scope
    2 General
    3 Conductor tests
    4 Insulation, overall covering, and jacket materials tests
    5 Components tests
    6 Electrical tests for finished wire and cable
    7 Mechanical tests for finished wire and cable
    8 Environmental tests for finished wire and cable
    9 Burning characteristics tests
    Annex A (informative) - Conductor removal from
            insulation for tubular specimens
    Annex B (informative) - Determination of density
    Annex C (informative) - Sample calculation for the
            determination of ultimate elongation or tensile
            strength at 300 d
    Annex D (normative) - Establishment of parameters
            and requirements for short-term air oven aging test
    Annex E (normative) - Determination of temperature
            correction factor
    Annex F (normative) - Procedure and calculations for
            determining the degree of coverage of fibrous
            coverings
    Annex G (normative) - Calculation of coverage of
            shielding (wraps and braids)
    Annex H (normative) - Test enclosure and exhaust duct
    Annex I (informative) - Conversion of pH to acid gas
            (as % HCl) and acid gas (as % HCl) to pH
    Annex J (informative) - Correlation of NMX wire and
            cable test method standards with
            UL 2556/CSA C22.2 No. 2556

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    Specifies the apparatus, test methods, and formulas to be used in carrying out the tests and calculations required by wire and cable standards.

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    Development Note Also numbered as CSA C22.2.2556 and ANCE NMX-J-556. (11/2005)
    Document Type Standard
    Publisher Underwriters Laboratories
    Status Superseded
    Superseded By
    Supersedes

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