Science Technology
How does an MCB work?
This excerpt from ABB introduces the technology inside and miniature circuit breaker (MCB). What does an MCB do? The short answer: it protects wires from overloads and short-circuits. When we look on the inside of an MCB we can see how that actually works. For overload protection the temperature of a bimetal, through which the current passes (yellow area), is decisive. If the nominal current—the current the circuit breaker is…
Example of unfused spur
Design & Installation Technology
Connecting equipment to a socket-outlet circuit
This article provides guidance on how to connect items of equipment to socket-outlet circuits. Socket-outlets are typically supplied by either a ring or a radial final circuit. In either case, a number of items of permanently connected equipment may also be supplied by the circuit. Such equipment should preferably be of a rating not exceeding 2 kW. The choices available to the electrician for connecting items of equipment to socket-outlet…
Schneider circuit protection
Design & Installation Featured Technology
What is circuit protection?
Circuit protection, at its simplest, is the intentional addition of a ‘weak link’ in an electrical circuit. This link will be broken in the event of a fault – whether that’s high temperature, excessive current or a short circuit in a conductor, thus protecting the electrical circuit it’s part of from damage. Why are circuit protective devices important? Protective devices are important because they ensure that under fault conditions, a…