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Mike, are you sure about the 250000 Amps??
Oops,
That should have read 15kA, not sure how that slipped under the radar.
Just got a new laptop and the keyboard is VERY different to my normal computer keyboard.
Fault currents are very high at work, due to the size of the mains installed and the proximity of transformers.
The PoCo used more tranny's than usual with this area of town, to maintain the voltage at a respectable level, given the loads involved.

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I don't want to say that it's impossible for there to be conditions that could possibly put 5000A into a #14 cable, but even if you hooked that #14 cable to an ideal 120V 0-impedance source, if the romex exceeded 4', resistance in that cable is too high to allow current levels to reach 5000'.
My numbers say that 8' (4' of NM) of 14 will permit 4777 amps to flow if the system can supply it. Yes that is less than 5000 amps, but the 1/2 cycle damage point for #14 is 2384 amps.
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In reality, transformer and feeder impedance drop current levels WELL below that point.
So there is never a need for a small breaker with an AIC greater than 5,000 amps?
Don

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Just for fun, try doing a voltage drop calculation on a 150 foot run of 14 with a 12 amp load.

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So there is never a need for a small breaker with an AIC greater than 5,000 amps?
Don
Well, that depends greatly on the distribution system and the size of the transformer. In this example, yeah, 5KAIC would be all that's required. But we could easily come up with another example (say, a 15A breaker on a 400A panel bus-fed from a 3000A switchboard/1MVA transformer) feeding a receptacle 6" from the panel. In THIS case, there is potential to exceed 5KAIC and damage the cable.

But in a typical residence, shorting out the receptacle? Not likely at all. The engineer really has to calculate all this and specify the KAIC rating of the breakers if it's expected to be an issue.

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