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But the use of a common name for two different devices gave rise to considerable confusion in the electrical industry. If the wrong type was used on an installation, the level of protection given could be substantially less than that intended.
Residual current refers to any current over and above the load current. Voltage-ELCB contains relay Coil which it being connected to the metallic load body at one end and it is connected to ground wire at the other end. If the voltage of the Equipment body is rise by touching phase to metal part or failure of insulation of equipment which could cause the difference between earth and load body voltage, the danger of electric shock will occur.
This voltage difference will produce an electric current from the load metallic body passes the relay loop and to earth. When voltage on the equipment metallic body rose to the danger level which exceed to 50Volt, the flowing current through relay loop could move the relay contact by disconnecting the supply current to avoid from any danger electric shock.
The ELCB detects fault currents from live to the earth ground wire within the installation it protects. A voltage-sensing ELCB does not sense fault currents from live to any other earthed body.
These ELCBs monitored the voltage on the earth wire, and disconnected the supply if the earth wire voltage was over 50 volts. These devices are no longer used due to its drawbacks like if the fault is between live and a circuit earth, they will disconnect the supply. However, if the fault is between live and some other earth such as a person or a metal water pipe , they will NOT disconnect, as the voltage on the circuit earth will not change.
Even if the fault is between live and a circuit earth, parallel earth paths created via gas or water pipes can result in the ELCB being bypassed. Most of the fault current will flow via the gas or water pipes, since a single earth stake will inevitably have a much higher impedance than hundreds of meters of metal service pipes buried in the ground. The way to identify an ELCB is by looking for green or green and yellow earth wires entering the device.
They rely on voltage returning to the trip via the earth wire during a fault and afford only limited protection to the installation and no personal protection at all. While voltage and current on the earth line is usually fault current from a live wire, this is not always the case, thus there are situations in which an ELCB can nuisance trip. When an installation has two connections to earth, a nearby high current lightning strike will cause a voltage gradient in the soil, presenting the ELCB sense coil with enough voltage to cause it to trip.
If there is an accumulated or burden of currents caused by items with lowered insulation resistance due to older equipment, or with heating elements, or rain conditions can cause the insulation resistance to lower due to moisture tracking. If either of the earth wires become disconnected from the ELCB, it will no longer trip or the installation will often no longer be properly earthed.
Some ELCBs do not respond to rectified fault current. Voltage-operated ELCB are the requirement for a second connection, and the possibility that any additional connection to earth on the protected system can disable the detector. Nuisance tripping especially during thunderstorms.
They do not allow a single building system to be easily split into multiple sections with independent fault protection, because earthing systems are usually use common earth Rod. They may be tripped by external voltages from something connected to the earthing system such as metal pipes, a TN-S earth or a TN-C-S combined neutral and earth.
As electrically leaky appliances such as some water heaters, washing machines and cookers may cause the ELCB to trip. ELCBs introduce additional resistance and an additional point of failure into the earthing system. The test push-button will test whether the ELCB unit is working properly or not. Then you are wrong. It is a really sad fact that all the while this misunderstanding has left many homes totally unprotected from the risk of electric shocks. This brings us or alarming us to think over second basic requirement for earth protection.
The second requirement for the proper operation of a home shock protection system is electrical grounding. We can assume that the ELCB is the brain for the shock protection, and the grounding as the backbone. Looking after the ELCB alone is not enough. The electrical Earthing system must also be in good working order for the shock protection system to work.
In addition to routine inspections that should be done by the qualified electrician, this grounding should preferably be inspected regularly at shorter intervals by the homeowner and need to pour Water in Earthing Pit at Regular interval of Time to minimize Earth Resistance.
These also protect against earth leakage. Both circuit conductors supply and return are run through a sensing coil; any imbalance of the currents means the magnetic field does not perfectly cancel.
The device detects the imbalance and trips the contact. When the term ELCB is used it usually means a voltage-operated device. Similar devices that are current operated are called residual-current devices. However, some companies use the term ELCB to distinguish high sensitivity current operated 3 phase devices that trip in the milliamp range from traditional 3 phase ground fault devices that operate at much higher currents. Typical RCB circuit: The supply coil, the neutral coil and the search coil all wound on a common transformer core.
On a healthy circuit the same current passes through the phase coil, the load and return back through the neutral coil. Both the phase and the neutral coils are wound in such a way that they will produce an opposing magnetic flux.
With the same current passing through both coils, their magnetic effect will cancel out under a healthy circuit condition. In a situation when there is fault or a leakage to earth in the load circuit, or anywhere between the load circuit and the output connection of the RCB circuit, the current returning through the neutral coil has been reduced.
Then the magnetic flux inside the transformer core is not balanced anymore. The total sum of the opposing magnetic flux is no longer zero. This net remaining flux is what we call a residual flux.
The periodically changing residual flux inside the transformer core crosses path with the winding of the search coil. This action produces an electromotive force e. An electromotive force is actually an alternating voltage. The induced voltage across the search coil produces a current inside the wiring of the trip circuit. It is this current that operates the trip coil of the circuit breaker. Since the trip current is driven by the residual magnetic flux the resulting flux, the net effect between both fluxes between the phase and the neutral coils, it is called the residual current devise.
With a circuit breaker incorporated as part of the circuit, the assembled system is called residual current circuit breaker RCCB or residual current devise RCD. The incoming current has to pass through the circuit breaker first before going to the phase coil. The return neutral path passes through the second circuit breaker pole. During tripping when a fault is detected, both the phase and neutral connection is isolated.
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