Ground Wire for Lightning Protection
A static shield or optical ground wire (OPGW) protects power and data
transmission lines from lightning strikes. The fiber-optic ground wire
stretches between support towers, and the static shield is the wire that
hangs above the power and data lines. Grounds occur at regular intervals
for the efficient discharge of energy.
Bekaert is the leading manufacturer of static wires in North America. We
produce fiber-optic ground wire for clients in industries ranging from
electricity distribution to data transmission for broadcasting and
How Overhead Ground Wire Works
It's important to grasp how overhead ground wire works and why it's
essential to any transmission or distribution system to fully understand OPGW's applications in various industries.
Telephone pole ground wires only carry current when struck by lightning.
When lightning strikes, the static wire redirects that electricity along
the wire's core. That interception is essential to protecting power and
data transmission lines. Static shields have such a significant impact on
power and data transmission lines' longevity that most modern transmission
systems use two ground wires for lightning protection.
Current moving across an OPGW discharges energy as soon as possible. The static wire then directs the diffusing the strike's energy. Once the electricity is safely in the
ground, the static shield is void of energy again. This lack of energy is
why we use steel alloys to produce OPGW.
Ground Wire Specifications for Telecommunications
Bekaert can produce overhead ground wire for any application. We also
manufacture your order to your specifications, including the number of wire
per strand, the cable's minimum breaking strength and your coating's
minimum weight. Choosing the right ground wire for use in
telecommunications can help create corrosion resistance.
Corrosion is one of the leading causes of breakage. To counter the effects
of long-term exposure, we offer several zinc coating options. At Bekaert,
we provide Class A, Class B and Class C galvanized coatings. We also offer
a coating exclusive to our clients — Bezinal®, an alloy made of steel and
zinc. This coating performs well during our rigorous testing process.
Benefits of Ground Wire Lightning Protection for Telecommunications
Using fiber-optic ground wire for lightning protection has several
advantages. Benefits for the telecommunications industry include reduced
line losses and the static shield's ability to act as a solution for
Lightning strikes can destroy power and data transmission lines. However,
by installing an effective form of protection such as static shields, you
reduce how many transmission cables incur damage during inclement weather.
Why Choose Bekaert?
Bekaert is the largest supplier for overhead ground wire in North America.
We have the production capabilities to manufacture fiber-optic ground wire
to your specifications. Plus, you can take advantage of our competitive
lead times, flexible manufacturing solutions and incredible customer
As an industry leader, we offer our clients expert support and advice. At
Bekaert, we've been accumulating experience since our founding in 1880. Our
long history of exceeding our clients' expectations complements our
innovative approach to production and protection.
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about purchasing ground wire for lightning protection today.