IEEE Houston Section Meeting – Arc Resistant Switchgear Education

Date: January 22, 2015
Topic:  Arc Resistant Switchgear Education
Presenter: George Tichi, Point Eight Power

Description: One cause of serious injuries to electrical workers in the petrochemical industry is flash burns from arcing faults of Medium Voltage Metalclad Switchgear. First introduced in Europe, Arc- Resistant switchgear designs are eliminating this potential cause of injuries by containing the arc byproducts and venting the gases in a safe manner. This education discussion of current worker safety regulations, the arcing fault process, standards governing Arc-Resistant switchgear, switchgear design, application and cost/benefit considerations.

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