# What does “reconductor” or “reconductoring” refer to?

This is a term that I seem to remember hearing in reference to electric transmission. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with upgrading a set of transmission lines to carry more current, but I'm not totally sure. Am I correct here? Can someone please give a thorough explanation of what reconductoring is?

• Are you interested in what the word reconductor means (answer given), or, are you interested in cases where and why they would replace the transmission line (i.e. reasons to reconductor). – C. Lange Sep 11 '19 at 16:37
• I'm interested in cases where this term would be used. So yes, pretty much examples. – Sagierian Sep 11 '19 at 19:55

reconductor is a verb.

to reconductor means to replace conductors

• i wonder if the usage can be applied to an orchestra ... lol – jsotola Sep 11 '19 at 2:52
• I'm sorry, but that doesn't answer my question. I'm wondering what it specifically refers to when electrical engineers or technicians use it. – Sagierian Sep 11 '19 at 5:47
• @Sagierian what makes you think that's not the answer? – Simon B Sep 11 '19 at 9:11
• @Sagierian I'm an electrical engineer and this is what it'd mean if I use it. – Hearth Sep 11 '19 at 13:29
• Too vague. The answer below is better. – Sagierian Sep 11 '19 at 19:55

From Wiktionary:

reconductor

(electronics) To replace the cable or wire on an electric circuit, typically a high-voltage transmission line, usually to afford a greater electric-current-carrying capability.

TESMEC, an Italian grid infrastructure contractor, provides this description of reconductoring (emphasis added):

Power transmission owners and operators need to develop solutions to maintain the transmission efficiency over time or to increase the capacity of existing lines, that are acceptable to the public, reliable and economical. Reconductoring is the key: renewing the old conductor (line refurbishment) or replacing standard conductors with those of last generation (line improvement).

So your assumption is correct: Reconductoring is the process of replacing the current-carrying conductors in a transmission line, whether to repair aging lines, increase capacity, or both.