Deciding on What Type of Ground Bars to Use for Wireless Communication Structures

There are a number of different types of grounding bars available and the most commonly utilized are copper bonded steel ground bars. These are most frequently chosen for wireless communication structures due to the fact they can be used in a variety of soil types and that they are compatible with many other metals frequently used underground. There are times, however, when the bar will be placed in soil not compatible with copper or in areas near landfills.

Ground Bars in Different Soil Types

In these cases, the more appropriate choice would be a bar constructed from stainless steel. Stainless steel may also be the preferred option which steel components of the structure are close to the grounding grid. This could cause copper bars to become corroded due to the electrochemical process set up when a current passes through two disparate metals.

Another material that is used for ground bars is aluminum. Like copper ground bars, aluminum has several applications for grounding.

Ground bars are inexpensive, but the material type will cause differences in price. Copper can be one of the more expensive types, but its durability may be required for the specificity of location and environmental factors. An electrical contractor will be able to make the best recommendations as to which type of ground bars should be used. Buildings that are being brought to code will need to follow the suggestions of that contractor as cities are very strict about this aspect of construction and remodeling.

Installation of Ground Bars

Choosing, locating and installing ground bars can be a complex process. It is better to use a professional company that is known for specializing in the type of project a company needs completed than to attempt to install such a system without professional guidance.

It is impossible to know for certain that a system of ground bars is properly installed until the first surge occurs. Mistakes will therefore, only become apparent after harm or damage has occurred. There are numerous affordable companies that can provide high quality service carried out by knowledgeable, well trained teams to help owners of wireless communication related structures protect people and equipment from unanticipated electrical surges.

Considering how commonplace the use of wireless telecommunication has become, concerns have arisen over potential harm to people and equipment as a result of irregular electrical surges. Companies involved in producing wireless telecommunication equipment united by their commitment to prevent potential risk joined in an effort to bring this result about. Participants concluded that the most effective method for grounding stray energy was a method called bonding. Bonding involves interconnecting all conductive surfaces that should not be energized to prevent them from misdirecting electrical output. They are bonded together with materials that prevent energy flow from being impeded. Bonding also creates an unobstructed pathway for energy flow, to prevent variances in electrical charges from developing in different metallic planes. This protects people and property from harm during situations involving electrical surges, lightning strikes, transient conditions caused by atypical situations or induced surges resulting from switching power loads for one sector to another.