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Short circuit rating calculations #102199
08/05/05 10:06 PM
08/05/05 10:06 PM
Clyde  Offline OP
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 31
I've recently run into a situation that I havn't thought about since my days as an apprentice.

I need to calculate the short circuit rating of a couple of machines that are not currantly approved for use in Canada. As part of the certification, they need to be labelled with voltage, FLA, hz, phase etc as well as short circuit ampacity.

These nachines have an electric motor, 120 volts, and some mechanics for a printing shop.

Can anyone tell me if there is a calculation available to complete this job.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Short circuit rating calculations #102200
08/06/05 01:06 PM
08/06/05 01:06 PM
bigrockk  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 174
Middle of Canada
I did a google search on " short circuit current rating approved method " and received alot of good results.

If this doesn't work out for you let me know and i will post some links, good luck.

Re: Short circuit rating calculations #102201
08/06/05 05:04 PM
08/06/05 05:04 PM
Ron  Offline
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 582
White Plains, NY
To label equipment with a short circuit rating, would be very dependent on the devices in the power path and how they were supported and manufactured. Then they would be tested at that rated current to ensure no catastrophic failure.

Re: Short circuit rating calculations #102202
08/11/05 10:28 PM
08/11/05 10:28 PM
Clyde  Offline OP
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 31
Thanks guys.

I agree with you Ron. There does not seem to be an effective way of testing the motors without actually destroying them in the process.

I did do a google search and found detailed methods of rating transformers but no motors.

I talked to the ESA field inspector and he indicated that for small motors (3/4 hp and smaller) a 5 ka is generally accepted.

Thanks for your thoughts. Any more would be appreciated.


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