# Fuse breaking current

1. Jun 19, 2010

Dear all , i have an important question which i need answer for it , if you look at a catalog for fuses you will find the fuse rated current which for example is 10 A

and you will find a value called minimum breaking current and it is usually higher than the rated current for our example let's say about 15 A

so what is meant by minimum breaking current , does it means the fuses will not disconnected
unless a value higher than or equal 15 A which is higher than the normal rated current .

and what will happen if a continuous current flow for a long time with value 13 A which is higher than the rated current and smaller than the minimum breaking current

thanks

2. Jun 19, 2010

Low test current (I1) is defined as; the largest current the fuse can hold for one hour without breaking.
High test current (I2) ; the lowest current which breaks the fuse within one hour.

Not quite sure what minimum breaking current is, but i belive it must be I2. Not sure though, someone else might know.

If you se a graph like http://www.buildingdesign.co.uk/elec-technical/hager-t1/18-hager-4.gif" [Broken]. I1 is 1.13A and I2 is 1.45A in a 1A fuse.

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3. Jun 19, 2010