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1 Electrical Installation An electrical installation is a combination of electrical equipment installed to fulfill a specific purpose and having coordinated characteristics. In dealing with the electrical installation, it is necessary to ensure the safety of personnel as well as the protection of equipment from electrical faults. The most common types of faults in domestic systems are 1.The short circuit faults (phase to neutral faults)- as a result of which large currents will flow and damage may occur to wires, insulators, switches, etc.. 2.insulation failure (fault between the phase conductor and non-current carrying metallic parts)- as a result of which high voltages may appear on the frames of equipment and may be dangerous to a person coming in contact with it.

2 The most popular methods of protection 1.Use of fuses or circuit breakers (such as the Miniature Circuit Breaker – MCB). 2.Use of earth leakage and residual current circuit breakers(RCCB). 3.Earthing or grounding of equipment.

3 Fuse The fuse consists of a short length of thin wire. When the current flow is greater than the fusing current of the fuse, it will get hot and burn (melt), thus interrupting the fault current before damage could be caused. The time current characteristic of a fuse Fusing time (ms) C urrent (A) Rated C urrent

4 There are 3 general types of fuses. 1)Re-wirable (semi-enclosed) fuse 2)Cartridge fuse 3)High-rupturing capacity (HRC) fuse – a development of the cartridge fuse

5 Re-wirable (semi-enclosed) fuse Advantages The re-wirable fuse is cheap, Semi-enclosed (re-wirable) fuse is a simple device. It consists of a short length of wire, generally of tinned copper. The current at which the wire melts depends on the length of the wire and its cross sectional area (R=ρl/A).

6 Disadvantages Deterioration with time due to oxidation - may operate at lower currents than expected due to the reduction in cross sectional area and hence increase in resistance. Very easy for an inexperienced person to replace a blown fuse- element with a wire of incorrect size or type. Calibration of re-wirable fuse can never be accurate The time taken for the fuse to blow may be enough to bring damage to circuit conductors and the equipment being protected.

7 Fully enclosed (cartridge) fuse fuse wire is enclosed in an evacuated glass tube with metal end caps Advantages Non-deterioration of the fuse element Usually more accurate Disadvantages More expensive to replace Fully enclosed (cartridge) fuse Developed to overcome the disadvantages of the re-wirable type of fuse.

8 High rupturing capacity (HRC) fuses The HRC fuse is usually a high-grade ceramic barrel containing the fuse element. The barrel is usually filled with sand, which helps to quench the resultant arc produced when the element melts.

9 Miniature Circuit Breaker (MCB) Magnetic mechanism The magnetic mechanism uses a solenoid with an iron piece. It is used for short circuit (fault) protection. Can operated by hand or automatically. The automatic operation is done by using magnetic or thermal mechanism.

10 Thermal mechanism This mechanism uses a heat sensitive bimetal element. It is used for overload circuit protection.

11 Advantages of mcb s over fuses are Non destructive determination of tripping characteristics Shorter tripping times under moderate over currents than with fuses Immediate indication of faulty circuit Reclosing can be effected at once after the fault has been cleared No stock of fuses are required Can be easily used as a circuit control switch when needed

12 Circuit Breakers for earth leakage circuit protection These are used to detect electrical faults to earth in equipment and to clear the fault by tripping. Classified into two types: Voltage operated protection Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker (ELCB) Current operated protection Residual Current Circuit Breakers (RCCB) or Residual Current Device (RCD)

13 Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker (ELCB): For the proper operation two earth terminals are required. i.Frame earth (which all non-conducting metallic parts of equipment are connected) ii.ELCB reference earth. The ELCB will normally operate when the voltage across the coil exceeds about 40 V with respect to the reference earth.

14 Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB): The operation is based on a fault current Difference between the line current and the neutral current is used to energize the solenoid, which causes the switch to open.

15 Basic Domestic Wiring System(single phase) Up to the energy meter belongs to the supply authority. The consumers installation starts from the Main switch. Next followed by usually one (or more) RCCBs. Then followed by a Distribution board (with different rated MCBs). Final circuits are connected to the distribution box. ( circuit for Lighting and circuits for socket outlets )

16 Service Fuse Box The electricity supply into your house is controlled by a service fuse, usually found before the electricity meter.

17 Electricity Meter An electrical meter or energy meter is a device that measure the amount of electrical energy supplied to or produced by a consumer. Unit of measurements kWh One unit is equal to amount of energy used by a load of 1kW over a period of one hour, 1kW × 1h = 1000 Js -1 × 3600 s = 3,600,000 J

18 Main Switch The main switch is use to switch off and on the supply of electricity to the entire house. Both live and neutral wires are can disconnected. When electrical inspection carried out it is vital to turned off the main switch. Trip Switch RCCB or ELCB use as trip switch.

19 Final circuit for lighting: Loop-in method is use for wiring a final circuit for lighting. Loop-in Method: o This method enables all joints and terminations in a single final circuit to be made at switches or other accessories. o Lamp circuits do not normally need an earth wire.

20 Type of switches 1.Single pole switches This is used turn a light, receptacle or device on and off from a single location 2.Two way switches This is used when it is necessary to operate a lamp from two positions such as at the top and bottom of a staircase and at the ends of a long corridor.

21 Final circuits for socket outlets: Socket outlets (plug points) are wired in two ways I.Ring circuit connection method. II.Radial connection method.

22 Ring circuit connection method Looping is done for the live conductor, neutral conductor and the protective conductor in separate rings.

23 Radial circuits Commences from the distribution board. through an MCB/fuse of specific rating (e.g.20A). Loop into each socket outlet but ends at a socket outlet.


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