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Calculating Wire/Cable Size formula for single Phase Circuits

Wire Circular mils =2 x ρ x I x L / (%Allowable Voltage drop of source voltage)


Calculating Wire/Cable Size formula for Three Phase Circuits
Wire Circular mils =√3 x 2 x ρ x I x L / (%Allowable Voltage drop of source voltage)
Where;
ρ = Specific resistance or resistivity of Conductor
D = Distance in Feet (One way) i.e. ½ the total circuit length
I = Load Current
Note: the Value of ρ = Specific resistance or resistivity of Conductor is used here for copper and
aluminum is 12.9 and 21.2 respectively at 75°C (167°F).