Electrical Conduit for Data Center Applications

Champion Fiberglass® elbows present a cost-efficient alternative to galvanized rigid steel elbows for data center projects

Application Overview

Despite a 10% spending decline in 2020, the data center market is expected to rebound globally over the next few years. The Internet of Things, 5G networks, and hyperscale data centers are fueling the growth. In the US, the data center construction market is expected to reach $121.56 billion by 2027, according to Grand View Research.

Protection of the cables and assets specific to data centers requires a durable, corrosion-resistant conduit system. Our cost-effective, American-made RTRC electrical conduit can be found in the data centers of the largest tech companies and telecommunications providers including software and search giants and microchip manufacturers.


Why Use Fiberglass Conduit for Data Center Projects?

Characteristics like lack of burn-through, low coefficient of friction, and cable fault resistance make fiberglass conduit elbows an ideal solution to protect data center infrastructure.

Traditional materials including galvanized rigid steel, aluminum and PVC-coated steel conduit will weld wire to the inside of the conduit during fault conditions, while fiberglass conduit is not affected.

Fiberglass RTRC conduit is lightweight, making it easier to handle and transport and less labor intensive to install than traditional alternatives per the NECA Manual of Labor Rates.

Fiberglass conduit offers one of the lowest coefficients of friction available for conduit systems and is completely resistant to any of the current pulling lubricants’ corrosive properties. Keeping conduit intact means you don’t have to worry about damaged conduit and resulting repairs.

Innovative Solutions to Protect Data

It’s clear why some of the largest tech and telecommunications companies trust Champion Fiberglass® to safeguard data center infrastructure with RTRC conduit. In a recent data center build-out replacing galvanized rigid steel elbows with Champion Fiberglass elbows contributed to more than $400,000 in combined project savings.

Champion Fiberglass’s lightweight “no burn-through” fiberglass conduit elbows enable design flexibility without sacrificing strength and their lightweight nature contributes to increased installation savings. When you need elbows fast, our Xpress Elbows program ships our most popular sizes in 48 hours.

Featured Products

Champion Duct®

Champion Duct®

Lightweight fiberglass conduit with unmatched versatility and strength.

  • UL 2515 Listed for above-ground installations
  • UL 2420 Listed for below-ground installations
  • CSA listed per CSA-22.2 No 211.3-96 standards
  • Standard Wall, Medium Wall (UL designates Champion Fiberglass MW for 5″ and 6″ as SW), and Heavy Wall conduits are UL Listed for newly expanded support spacing distances
Champion Fiberglass Xpress Elbows

Champion Elbows and Xpress Elbows

Strength and durability in elbows that ship fast.

  • Champion Fiberglass Elbows are UL 2515 Listed for above ground use.
  • Available in sizes 3/4″ to 12″

Orders of 100 pieces or less ship within 48 hours

  • 12″ radius, 2″ IPS x 90°
  • 24″ radius, 4″ IPS x 90°
  • 36″ radius, 4/5/6″ IPS x 90°

Champion Fiberglass products are manufactured in accordance with the NEC (National Electrical Code) in Article 355: Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit and listed in Article 12-200 of the CEC (Canadian Electrical Code) as Rigid RTRC Conduit.

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How Data Centers Benefit from Fiberglass Conduit Elbows

How Data Centers Benefit from Fiberglass Conduit Elbows

Data Centers are vital elements of our modern world, securely facilitating delivery of the most valued commodity today, our data. They house assorted bandwidth-intensive devices, like blade servers, storage systems, virtualization appliances and backup devices connected by a significant volume of networked cabling and electrical wiring.