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Standard No. S24.809 December 01, 1989 (Revised 12/22/2000)

GROUNDING STANDARD1.0 SCOPE 1.1 Scope. This document establishes standard electrical, electronic, and mechanical requirements for ground electronic equipment. 1.2 Application. The requirements of this standard shall apply to equipment developed or fabricated to Government specifications, including commercial production (original equipment manufacture (OEM)) items. When applied to OEM items, the requirement of this document shall serve as a basis of selection among comparably performing equipment. 1.3 Contracting Officer's Technical Representative. The Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) shall provide the final interpretation of any conflict between this standard and specific contract requirements. 1.4 Waivers. Any request for waiver of specific requirements of this standard shall be submitted in writing to the COTR and to the Contracting Officer. A request for waiver must include: a) identification of the paragraphs for which the waiver is requested; b) identification of the systems, equipment, or components for which the waiver is requested; and c) a discussion of rationale for granting the waiver, including impact on reliability, maintainability, schedule, and cost if the waiver is not granted. 2.0 APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS 2.1 Government documents. The following documents, of the issue in effect on the date of invitation for bid or request for proposal, form a part of this standard to the extent specified herein: The requirements of the following NOAA/NESDIS standards shall apply to all hardware and software, as described in this document. Standard No. S24.801 - Preparation of Operation and Maintenance Manuals. Standard No. S24.802 - General Requirements for Ground Electronic Equipment Standard No. S24.803 - Cable and Wire Identification. Standard No. S24.804 - General Requirements for Training on Electronic and Computer Equipment i

Standard No. S24.805 - Spare Parts Standard No. S24.806 - Software Development, and Maintenance and User Documentation NOAA/NESDIS standards are available from: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, OSD3, Washington, D.C. 20233. Military specifications and standards are available from: Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Supply Center, 580l Tabor Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19120. Federal Specifications and Standards are available from: The Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402. Federal Information Processing Standards Publications are available from: The Suprintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402. ANSI Standards are available from: American National Standards Institute, Inc., 1430 Broadway, New York City, New York 10018. NASA/GSFC specifications are available from: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771. NFPA Standards are available from: National Fire Protection Association, Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02269. EIA Standards are available from: Electronics Industries Association, 2001 Eye Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and InformationService (NOAA/NESDIS), operates satellite tracking and computer processing systems which require a comprehensive grounding standard to ensure personnel and equipment safety. This grounding standard provides equipment requirements, design and installation procedures, and test methods, suitable for all communications and data processing systems. Specific requirements are defined for perimeter grounds, air terminals, down conductors, equipment rooms, antennas with integral electronic rooms, power grounds, and the interconnection of these subsystems throughout a widely spread site. The need for lightning and power fault protection, ground returns for signal and control cables, and radiation and interference suppression are addressed and integrated into a system for the entire facility. Priorities for upgrading existing facilities are identified, post installation and maintenance test procedures are detailed, and guidelines are given for tracing and correcting problems that may arise during the upgrade process.

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This document was developed by MITRE Corporation under NOAA/NESDIS Contract Number 50DGNE-5-0089. It was reviewed and approved by a panel of twenty people concerned with the grounding of electronic equipment, from both within and outside of the NOAA/NESDIS organization, which was convened by NOAA/NESDIS on November 8, 1989.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION 1 Introduction 1.1 1.2 1.3 Background Scope Document Organization 1.3.1 Section Organization 1.3.2 Verification Requirements 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-2 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-2 3-2 3-2 3-3 3-3 3-3 3-3 3-4 3-4 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-6 3-6 3-6 3-6 PAGE 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-2 1-2 1-2

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Reference Documents 2.1 2.2 2.3 Documents Sources Conflict Resolution

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Basic Requirements 3.1 3.2 Application Definition of Components Used in the Ground System 3.2.1 Vertical Ground Rods 3.2.2 Horizontal Ground Conductors 3.2.3 Perimeter Ground Cable 3.2.4 Ground Terminal Plate 3.2.5 Interconnections 3.2.6 Bonding 3.2.7 Air Terminals 3.2.8 Roof Conductors 3.2.9 Down Conductors 3.2.10 Chemical Treatment 3.2.11 Signal Reference Grid 3.2.12 Electrical Service Well 3.2.13 Cable Entrance Plate Definition of Special Terms 3.3.1 Zone of Protection 3.3.2 Minimum Slope 3.3.3 Structure 3.3.4 Group of Structures 3.3.5 Distance Measurements iv

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3.3.6 3.3.7 4

Conductor Sizes Parallel Connections

3-6 3-7 4-1 4-1 4-1 4-2 4-2 4-4 4-4 4-5 4-5 4-5 4-5 4-6 4-6 4-9 4-9 4-9 4-10 4-10 4-11 4-11 4-11 4-14 4-15 4-15 4-15 4-16 4-16 4-17 4-17 4-19 4-19 4-20 4-21 4-21 4-21

Grounding System Composition 4.1 Perimeter Counterpoise 4.1.1 Adjacent Structures 4.1.2 Resistance to True Ground 4.1.3 Achievement Methods 4.1.4 Selection Criteria 4.1.5 Structural Steel Columns and Other Building Metal Ground Terminal Plate 4.2.1 Connection to the PCP 4.2.2 Connections to Other Cables Lightning Ground System 4.3.1 Air Terminal Mounting 4.3.1.1 Roof Mounting 4.3.1.2 Towers and Masts 4.3.1.3 Antennas 4.3.1.4 Partial Protection 4.3.2 Roof Conductors 4.3.3 Down Conductors 4.3.3.1 Down Conductors for Building 4.3.3.2 Down Conductors for Towers and Masts 4.3.3.3 Down Conductors for Antennas 4.3.4 Waveguide, Coaxial and Shielded Cable Grounding Equipment Room Ground System 4.4.1 Signal Reference Grid 4.4.2 Raised Floor as Reference Grid 4.4.3 Other Reference Grids 4.4.4 Spacing Variations 4.4.5 Entrance to Signal Reference Grid Area 4.4.6 Interconnection of Signal Reference Grids 4.4.7 Equipment Connections 4.4.8 Electronic Equipment Mounted in a Feed Box or Vertex Box 4.4.9 Electronic Equipment Mounted Elsewhere on an Antenna Structure Power Ground System 4.5.1 Power Distribution Systems 4.5.2 Neutral Grounding v

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4.5.3 4.5.4 4.5.5 4.5.6 4.5.7 5 Site Configurations 5.1 5.2 5.3

AC/DC Power System Grounds Pipes, Tubes and Conduit Cable Trays Other Enclosures Motors, Generators, Transformers, and Switchgear

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PCP Interconnections Special Conditions for Irregular Buildings Underground Cables 5.3.1 Underground Pipes or Conduit 5.3.2 External Cable Troughs 5.3.3 Underground Cables with Shields 5.3.4 Buried Guard Wire Grounding for Filters and Surge Arresters Ground Return Paths 5.5.1 Signal and Control Return Paths 5.5.2 Power Distribution Ground Paths Fence Grounding 5.6.1 Reinforcing Wire 5.6.2 Grounding Permafrost Conditions

Implementation Guidelines 6.1 6.2 6.3 Priority Ground System File Requirements Contractor Documentation Requirements

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Inspection and Test Procedures 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Soil Resistivity Test Grounding Resistance Test Inspections Test Verification Procedures 7.4.1 Inspection 7.4.2 Analysis 7.4.3 Demonstration 7.4.4 Test 7.4.5 Sample Test vi

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Trouble Correction Guide 8.1 Conducted or Radiated Interference 8.1.1 Trace the Source of Interference 8.1.2 Characterize the Interfering Waveform 8.1.3 Determine the Coupling Mechanism 8.1.3.1 Conductive Coupling 8.1.3.2 Radiative Coupling 8.1.3.3 Inductive and Capacitive Coupling 8.1.4 Reduce the Interference 8.1.4.1 Conductive Coupling Reduction 8.1.4.2 Radiative Coupling Reduction 8.1.4.3 Inductive Coupling Reduction 8.1.4.4 Capacitive Coupling Reduction 8.1.4.5 Transient Suppression Plate Continued Lightning Damage 8.2.1 Interconnections 8.2.2 Desired Path Checks 8.2.3 Actual Path Checks Multiple Shields

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Appendix A Reference Equations and Procedures Appendix B List Of Abbreviations Distribution List

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LIST OF FIGURES

FIGURE 1 2 3 4 5 6 Example of Interconnections in a Group of Structures Lightning Protection for Buildings Lightning Protection for a Protrusion on a Flat Roof Example Lightning Protection Layout for Large Building Measurement of Soil Resistivity Perimeter Counterpoise Resistance Test Setup 7-3 A-1 A-2 4-8 4-3

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A1 Protection Zone For a Single Rod A2 The Low Point Between Lightning Rods A3 Protection Zone Between the Masts

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LIST OF TABLES

TABLE 1 Test Verification Table 7-8

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A1 Properties of Standard Size Annealed Copper Wire

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SECTION 1 INTRODUCTION

1.1 B