Above ground conduit applications and standards

From conduit designed for high-impact areas to conduit that features the longer support span distances that create savings in under-bridge projects, Champion Fiberglass offers an overview of the specifications, benefits, and products that set Champion Fiberglass conduit apart in above ground applications.

Benefits of Champion Fiberglass RTRC vs. other in-market materials for above ground applications

Compare Champion Fiberglass conduit to other conduit materials, and you’ll find that the benefits speak for themselves.

Champion Fiberglass RTRC offers:

  • The lightest weight (for many diameters) of any in-market conduit product.
  • The lowest installation rates for most diameters according to the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Manual of Labor Units.
  • Low burn through and ability to stand up to extreme conditions.
  • The broadest range of corrosion resistance of all in-market conduit products.
  • Shape retention after impact or compression.
  • Extended support spacing distances for several Champion Duct® and Champion Haz Duct® conduit diameters on par with those of GRC and PVC-coated steel. Champion Fiberglass is the only fiberglass manufacturer to offer UL Listed conduit featuring these expanded support spacing distances.

FAQs—above ground applications, industries, and usage

What is the difference between above ground and below ground conduit?

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How do I choose the correct conduit for an above ground application?

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How do I determine the proper conduit to use for Under Bridge applications?

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Which conduit should I use in high impact areas?

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Does Champion Fiberglass have an application in my industry?

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How can Champion Fiberglass help drive project savings?

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Champion Fiberglass conduit above ground specifications

Listing

Listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to the UL 2515 Above Ground standard

UL Listed

Manufacturing Information to Be Included

  • NEMA TC 14
  • UL 2515 BG (Above Ground)
  • Manufacturer and Reseller (if the conduit was modified or bent other than by the manufacturer)
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Elbows shall be marked with the angle and radius
  • All conduit, elbows and fittings are manufactured in the U.S.A. and marked as such

Fire Resistance and Flame Spread

Meets the UL specifications for Above Ground use, i.e. the flame:

  • Extinguishes within 30 seconds each time after 4 consecutive applications of 15 seconds
  • Extinguishes within 60 seconds after the 5th flame application, also being 15 seconds in duration

Toxicity

  • Meets listed maximum values when tested in accordance with ASTM E-800
  • Does not contain any compounds that can release halogens in more than trace amounts when burning

Environmental

Champion Fiberglass has a current Certificate, issued by an independent and accredited company, of compliance with an ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems and Performance

Additional Information

For dimensions, electrical and mechanical specifications, and in-depth joining system information, click here.

Champion Fiberglass products for above ground installations

Champion Fiberglass products are designed to meet the needs of electrical engineers and rise to the challenges presented by above ground installations. Here are a few of our products with examples of their application in above ground projects.

Champion Duct®

Champion Duct®

Brings value to Utility, Industrial/Commercial, and Data Center applications.

  • UL 2515 Listed for above ground installations
  • CSA listed per CSA-22.2 No 211.3-96 standards
Champion Haz Duct XW Type Conduit

Champion Haz Duct® XW Type

Brings value to Utility, Port Authority, and Industrial applications.

  • UL 2515-A Listed for above ground installations
  • Approved by the National Electrical Code (NEC) for use in Class 1, Div 2 installations and the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) for Zone 1, Div 2 installations
  • CSA listed per CSA-22.2 No 211.3-96 standards
Flame Shield Phenolic Conduit

Champion Flame Shield® Phenolic Conduit System

Offers benefits in Transportation and Tunnel projects.

  • Meets the elevated temperature requirements for exposed conduits of:
    • NFPA 130
    • ASTM E136
  • Allowed for use in Class 1, Div 2 installations, per the National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • UL2196 tested
    Meets the increased temperature and duration demands of NFPA 502

Contact Us

Want to know more about how Champion Fiberglass conduit, strut, and hangers can support your project’s success and contribute to significant savings? Contact us to speak with a representative.

Note: It is always the responsibility of the contractor/installer and or engineer to select the proper conduit for any situation. Champion Fiberglass is under no circumstances responsible for selection of conduit. Above paragraphs are strictly suggestions only.