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The Problem of Arcing Faults in Low-Voltage Power Distribution Systems

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1 Author(s)
Francis J. Shields ; General Electric Company

Many cases of electrical equipment burndown arising from low-level arcing-fault currents have occurred in recent years in low-voltage power distribution systems. Burndown, which is the severe damage or complete destruction of conductors, insulation systems and metallic enclosures, is caused by the concentrated release of energy in the fault arc. Both grounded and ungrounded electrical distribution systems have experienced burndowns, and the reported incidents have involved both industrial and commercial building distribution equipment, without regard to manufacturer, geographical location, or operating environment.

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IEEE Transactions on Industry and General Applications  (Volume:IGA-3 ,  Issue: 1 )