International Standards

ΕΝ 61238 - Compression and mechanical connectors for power cables for rated power up to 30 kV

ΕΝ 61238.01

This standard applies to compression and mechanical connectors for power cables for rated voltages up to 30 kV (Um = 36 kV), e.g. buried cables or cables installed in buildings, having:

α. conductors complying with IEC 60228 and IEC 60228A with cross-sectional areas 10 mm2 and greater for copper and 16 mm2 and greater for aluminium
β. a maximum continuous conductor temperature not exceeding 90 °C

This standard is not applicable to connectors for overhead conductors, which are designed for special mechanical requirements, or to separable connectors with a sliding contact or multicore connectors (i.e. ring connectors).

Although it is not possible to define precisely the service conditions for all applications, two broad classes of connectors have been identified.

Class A
These are connectors intended for electricity distribution or industrial networks in which they can be subjected to short-circuits of relatively high intensity and duration. As a consequence, Class A connectors are suitable for the majority of applications.

Class B
These are connectors for networks in which overloads or short-circuits are rapidly cleared by the installed protective devices, e.g. fast-acting fuses.

Depending on the application, the connectors are subjected to the following tests:
Class Α: heat cycle and short-circuit tests
Class Β: heat cycle tests only

The objective of this standard is to define the type test methods and requirements, which apply to compression and mechanical connectors for power cables with copper or aluminium conductors.


The following referenced documents are indispensable for the application of this document :

ΕΝ 60050 International Electrotechnical Vocabulary – Electric cables
ΕΝ 60228 Conductors of insulated cables
ΕΝ 60493 Guide for the statistical analysis of ageing test data