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CIRCULARMILFOOT
A circularmilfoot (figure 13) is a unit of volume. It is a unit conductor 1 foot in length and has a crosssectional area of 1 circular mil. Because it is a unit conductor, the circularmilfoot is useful in making comparisons between wires consisting of different metals. For example, a basis of comparison of the RESISTIVITY (to be discussed shortly) of various substances may be made by determining the resistance of a circularmilfoot of each of the substances. Figure 13.  Circularmilfoot. In working with square or rectangular conductors, such as ammeter shunts and bus bars, you may sometimes find it more convenient to use a different unit volume. A bus bar is a heavy copper strap or bar used to connect several circuits together. Bus bars are used when a large current capacity is required. Unit volume may be measured as the centimeter cube. Specific resistance, therefore, becomes the resistance offered by a cubeshaped conductor 1 centimeter in length and 1 square centimeter in crosssectional area. The unit of volume to be used is given in tables of specific resistances.
SPECIFIC RESISTANCE OR RESISTIVITY Specific resistance, or resistivity, is the resistance in ohms offered by a unit volume (the circularmilfoot or the centimeter cube) of a substance to the flow of electric current. Resistivity is the reciprocal of conductivity. A substance that has a high resistivity will have a low conductivity, and vice versa. Thus, the specific resistance of a substance is the resistance of a unit volume of that substance. Many tables of specific resistance are based on the resistance in ohms of a volume of a substance 1 foot in length and 1 circular mil in crosssectional area. The temperature at which the resistance measurement is made is also specified. If you know the kind of metal a conductor is made of, you can obtain the specific resistance of the metal from a table. The specific resistances of some common substances are given in table 11. Table 1  1.  Specific Resistances of Common Substances
The resistance of a conductor of a uniform cross section varies directly as the product of the length and the specific resistance of the conductor, and inversely as the crosssectional area of the conductor. Therefore, you can calculate the resistance of a conductor if you know the length, crosssectional area, and specific resistance of the substance. Expressed as an equation, the "R" (resistance in ohms) of a conductor is Problem: What is the resistance of 1,000 feet of copper wire having a crosssectional area of 10,400 circular mils (No. 10 wire) at a temperature of 20°C? Solution: The specific resistance of copper (table 11) is 10.37 ohms. Substituting the known values in the preceding equation, the resistance, R, is determined as If R, ρ, and A are known, the length (L) can be determined by a simple mathematical transposition. This has many valuable applications. For example, when locating a ground in a telephone line, you will use special test equipment. This equipment operates on the principle that the resistance of a line varies directly with its length. Thus, the distance between the test point and a fault can be computed accurately. Q.7 Define specific resistance. 