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Old 04-12-2013, 11:27 PM   #16
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Fuses in stove actually blow up!


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I had a shorted eliment blow the pot off the stove, the door on the breaker panel flew open and the breaker exploded.
It's a dead 220 volt short.
The only reason why the breaker exploded due the AIC ( Amps Inturpting Capacity rating ) is excessed what it was rated for for safety inturpted the short circuits.

Most of the resdentail breakers in state side are rated for 10KAIC ( 10,000 amps ) beside the main breaker the older one are only rated for 10 K while the new one are dual rated for both 10/22 KAIC.

The only way you can see the breaker blow up like that if the transfomer is very close to the breaker box or have very large service supply.

Over here in France the main breaker are rated for 14 KAIC @ 415 volts if run in triphase mode.

I have see few breakers blow up and the worst useally are in 415 or 480 volt catorgery. but Med / High voltage breakers are it own world so it will not be discussed in here for now.

Merci,
Marc


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