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ATL DTL-3 Bimetal Connector Welded Bimetallic Cable Lug ATL DTL-3 Bimetal Connector Welded Bimetallic Cable Lug


ATL DTL-3 Bimetal Connector Welded Bimetallic Cable Lug

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Bimetal lug are mostly useful where an aluminum cable has to be terminated by a copper bus bar or copper contact
  • ATL DTL-3


  • 16-1000 mm2

  • E-Cu AI-99.6% Bright


SMICO's DTL-1 Bimetal Aluminium copper terminal lug are mostly useful where an aluminum cable has to be terminated by a copper bus bar or copper contact. If Cable Lugs of only copper or aluminum are used , a galvanic action occurs due to dissimilar contact. The use of bimetallic lugs thus ensures a technically sound and durable joint. The Aluminum barrel is friction welded  to the copper palm thereby achieving the best possible transition between barrel & palm.

Our range of Aluminum & Copper Bimetallic Lugs is having following advantages.

  • Material : Conductivity Aluminum Barrel of 60% IACS & Copper Palm 97% IACS.

  • Final Metal State : Fully Annealed.

  • Jointing Method : Friction Welding

  • Sizes : 16 Sqmm to 1000 Sqmm

Applications :

MV Terminations

LV Connections on Bus Bar.

Advantages of bimetallic lugs:

  • Safe & low cost both in and use.

  • All copper products are electro-tinned to BS standard and prevents it from corrosion and oxidation.

  • PVC insulation is provided to terminals for exceptional di-electric strength & for supporting

  • Entry to the wire barrel is shock-proof, or bell mouthed for faster and easier conductor entry.

Why can’t we use single-metal (copper or aluminum) cable lugs?

When two dissimilar metals come in contact with each other, it causes a ‘dissimilar metal corrosion’ or ‘galvanic action’. The aluminum cable and the copper lug barrel are two different metals when a copper lug is used for connecting aluminum cable, hence the galvanic action occurs.

To prevent this dissimilar contact, Bi-Metallic lugs are used. The aluminum barrel will be in contact with the aluminum cable and the copper (forged flat palm with a hole) will be in contact with the copper busbar. Further, the aluminum barrel is friction-welded to the copper palm for a better transition between the barrel and palm. This way, galvanic corrosion is avoided and a technically sound and durable joint is achieved.


There are various ways to manufacture bimetallic lugs.

In one method, the electrolytic forged copper palm is friction-welded to the electrolytic aluminum barrel. In this method, copper and aluminum molecules are bonded together to create a strong and durable joint. Similarly, the aluminum and copper cables are joined using bi-metal in-line connectors ─ an aluminum barrel is provided for the aluminum cable, while a copper barrel is provided for the copper cable. Both parts (copper and aluminum) are friction-welded. The in-line connectors, pin-type connectors, etc. are manufactured based on the application of bi-metal terminals. Different combinations of bi-metallic compression joints are also available. These are designed and manufactured as per the distinct current carrying capacity of different types of cables.

For reducing contact resistance and corrosion the aluminum barrels are chemically treated; they are then filled with corrosion inhabitant to prevent oxidation of exposed surface (i.e., conductive type grease with a high dripping point) and then barrel ends are capped to avoid ingress of dust.


Bimetallic lugs are used most when aluminum cables need to be terminated to the copper bus bar or copper contact. It is safe and low cost. The single-hole Bimetallic Lug is used to terminate aluminum conductors onto copper bus bars in electrical applications, control panels, switchgear, combiner boxes in Solar Plants, etc.

Types of Bi-metallic Lugs & Connectors

SMICO manufactures various types of Bi-metallic lugs and connectors and also offers customized products based on client specifications. For example, if the buyer needs additional combinations, the following can be manufactured-

1.Bi-metallic lugs - Aluminium barrel with copper palm (with single, double, or four holes)

2.Bi-metallic lugs with copper washer (Aluminium lug with copper washer)

3.Bi-metallic lugs reverse type (Copper barrel with aluminum palm)

4.Bi-metallic connectors – Straight type (for the same cross-section of Al & Cu cables)

5.Bi-metallic connectors – Reducing type (for different cross-sections of Al & Cu cables)

6.Bi-metallic connectors - Pin type (Aluminium barrel with solid copper pin)

DTL-3 Bimetal Connector Welded Bimetallic Cable Lug

L d B φ
DTL 10-6


5 18 6.5
DTL 10-8


5 22 8.5
DTL 16-8 63 5.8 22 8.5
DTL 16-10 65 5.8 22 10.5
DTL 25-8 71 6.8 22 8.5
DTL 25-10 73 6.8 25 10.5
DTL 25-12 73 6.8 27.5 13
DTL 35-8 79 8 22 8.5
DTL 35-10 80 8 26 10.5
DTL 35-12 82.5 8 30 13
DTL 50-8 84.5 9.8 25 8.5
DTL 50-10 86 9.8 27 10.5
DTL 50-12 87.5 9.8 30 13
DTL 70-8 98.5 11.2 28 8.5
DTL 70-10 100 11.2 29 10.5
DTL 70-12 102.5


32 13
DTL 95-10 106.5 13.2 32 10.5
DTL 95-12 106.5 13.2 35 13
DTL 95-16 108.5 13.2 38 17
DTL 120-10 107.5 14.7 35 10.5
DTL 120-12 107.5 14.7 35 13
DTL 120-16 109.5 14.7 38 17
DTL 150-10 119 16.3 35 10.5
DTL 150-12 119 16.3 35 13
DTL 150-16 121.5 16.3 41 17
DTL 150-20 123 16.3 44 21
DTL 185-12 123.5 18.3 42 13
DTL 185-16 124.5 18.3 46 17
DTL 185-20 126 18.3 45 21
DTL 240-12 136 21 45 13
DTL 240-16 136 21 49 17
DTL 240-20 136 21 49 21
DTL 300-16 144 23.3 51 17
DTL 300-20 145 23.3 51 21
DTL 400-16 187 26 58 17
DTL 400-20 187 26 58 21


1.Unsheath and strip the aluminium conductor then shape the conductor to a round and compact configuration using the pre-rounding die set appropriate to this type of cable conductor size, shape and stranding, this includes LV, MV and HV cables

2.Insert aluminium conductor into the cable lugs or connectors

3.Select the relevant compression die set (MV) and associated indentor (PS130) to the connector to be crimped and then locate them carefully into the hydraulic crimping tool or presshead

4.Indent the electrical connector in the sequence show below (FIG 2). Note, for a through splice connector indent the outer positions first, followed by the inner positions. For a cable lug indent the position near the cable conductor first, followed by the position near the cable lug palm.

5.After indenting the crimp connector, fill the indents with the compound provided with the connectors, lugs or splices

Note: The sequence must be followed in order to obtain the correct conductor fill coefficient essential for producing a stable electrical connection to aluminium conductor on medium/high voltage cables.



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