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Code Q&A: NEC Requirements for Bending Radius of MC Cable

Dec. 14, 2023
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Q. What is the minimum bending radius of MC cable?

See answer below.




A. According to Sec. 330.24, bends must be made so the cable will not be damaged, and the radius of the curve of any bend at the inner edge of the cable must not be less than that dictated in each of the following instances:

(A) Smooth-Sheath Cables

(1) Smooth-sheath Type MC cables are not permitted to be bent so the bending radius of the inner edge of the cable is less than 10 times the external diameter of the metallic sheath for cable up to ¾ in. in external diameter. 

(B) Interlocked- or Corrugated-Sheath Armor. Interlocked- or corrugated-sheath Type MC cable is not permitted to be bent so the bending radius of the inner edge of the cable is less than seven times the external diameter of the cable. 

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