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Short time current

  1. May 29, 2014 #1
    I want clarity on STC rating that is 25kA or 16kA or 18.4 kA.
    If I want to change my Specification of 12kV Indoor Breaker from 16kA to 25kA STC rating then how can I support my self.
    What are advantageous points.

    Please clarify me.
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  3. Jun 30, 2014 #2
    I'm sorry you are not generating any responses at the moment. Is there any additional information you can share with us? Any new findings?
  4. Jun 30, 2014 #3


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    Welcome to the PF.

    What country are you in? Are you a licensed electrician in that country? What's an STC rating?
  5. Jun 30, 2014 #4


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    Welcome to PF.
    Circuit breaker STC = Short Time Current = Short-circuit current.
    Once a circuit breaker operates, due to a short circuit of the load, the CB must turn off the flowing high current quickly. The CB contacts open but draw an arc that will continue until the next change in AC load current polarity.

    The STC is the extreme current that can flow in the arc while waiting for the current to reverse and the arc to extinguish. If the current is greater than the STC rating then the contact material may be sputtered against the insulator, creating a permanent conductor and an arc that reignites every cycle and destroys the CB.

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