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Circuit Breaker Terms and Definitions

Alternating current (AC): Current that reverses its direction of flow at regular intervals. Arc: A sustained discharge of electricity across a gap in a circuit or between electrodes, usually accompanied by the electrodes (contacts) being vaporized and/or melted by the extreme heat of the arc. Arc chute: A structure that contains arc dividers. …

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Circuit Breaker Racking

The four positions of LVPCBs as they are being inserted or removed from their cubicles include connected, test, disconnected, and removed (withdrawn).

The four positions circuit breaker must go through as they are being inserted or removed from their cubicles include connected, test, disconnected, and removed (withdrawn). See Figure 1. Connected-The breaker is connected to the bus, carries load current, and operates electrically (on electrically operated circuit breakers). Test-The primary stabs are …

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Arcing in Circuit Breaker

The zero crossover point is the point where current alternates and begins to change direction and the only point where an arc can be interrupted

Circuit breakers are switches designed to open and close circuits. They may be operated manually or automatically through the use of overcurrent protective devices (OCPDs). The automatic operation of a circuit breaker occurs when there is an abnormal condition such as an overcurrent or short circuit. For example, an overcurrent …

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Circuit Breaker Schematic Diagram


A schematic diagram is a drawing that shows electrical system circuitry with symbols that depict electrical devices and lines representing conductors. Only qualified persons should review schematic diagrams and perform work on circuit breakers. A qualified person is a person who has special knowledge, training, and experience in the installation, …

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Medium Voltage Circuit Breakers Operation


Low- and medium-voltage Vacuum circuit breakers are similar in construction and operation. One of the primary differences between them is that the OCPDs on LVPCBs are mounted on the circuit breakers, while medium-voltage circuit breakers use protective relays, which are typically mounted on the enclosure door. Medium-voltage circuit breakers have …

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Circuit Breaker Types and Their Uses


Low-voltage circuit breakers are typically used in applications such as lighting circuits, motor control centers, feeder circuits and any application in which electrical power needs to be turned on and off and overcurrent protection is required. Medium-voltage circuit breakers are used in many of the same types of applications as …

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