Risk of Electric Arcs by Conductive Dust Accumulated on Circuit Breaker

차단기에 누적된 도전성 분진에 의한 아크 위험성

  • Kim, Doo Hyun (Department of Safety Engineering, Chungbuk National University) ;
  • Kang, Yang Hyun (Department of Safety Engineering, Chungbuk National University) ;
  • Kim, Eun Jin (Department of Safety Engineering, Chungbuk National University) ;
  • Hwang, Dong Gyu (Department of Safety Engineering, Chungbuk National University)
  • Received : 2015.03.12
  • Accepted : 2015.06.22
  • Published : 2015.08.31


In general, the causes of the electrical fire are overcurrent, short circuit, poor contact, etc. This study is aimed to recognize the risk of electric arc to prevent electrical fires due to the conductive dust accumulated on the circuit breaker. The experiment was carried out by the method that conductive metal dust collected from the field is being accumulated on the experimental electrodes with gap of 13 mm until the arc is generated. In case that arc was generated, the amount of conductive dust was measured and the thickness was calculated. This experiments was conducted by particle size. In order to distinguish particle size, mesh size(60~100, 100~150, 150~200, 200~250mesh) was classified using a sieve. As the results of experiment for each of the particle sizes, it was confirmed that there is differences in the generation of arc depending on the thickness of dust accumulated.


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