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1TITLE: Mains Electricity 2 Objectives – to know: What is the casing of a mains socket or plug made form and why? – grade CWhat is in a mains cable? – grade CWhy does a 3 pin plug include an earth pin?KEY WORDS:FusecurrentCircuit breakermainsEarthedDoubleInsulatedNeutralLiveearthOutcomes:Complete worksheet on VLE
2Most electrical appliances are connected to the mains using cable and a three-pin plug. You must know:The structure of electrical cables (two-core and three-core).The structure and wiring of a three-pin plug.
4The longest pin on the 3 pin plug is attached here so when an appliance with a metal case is plugged in tit is automatically earthed.Pins are made of brass as it is a good conductor and does not rust.The case is made of plastic as it is a good insulator and is shaped so that the wires don’t touch each other.
6Identifying wrongly-wired plugs Boardworks GCSE Additional Science: PhysicsElectrical SafetyIdentifying wrongly-wired plugsTeacher notesThis activity could be used a plenary exercise to check students ability to identify faults in the wiring of plugs.
7The FuseA fuse is a thin piece of wire which will melt when too much current passes through it.Current is a flow of electrons (-) and is measured in amps (A).ExampleA 3A fuse will melt when the current is greater than 3A.When a fuse has ‘blown’, the wire inside it has melted.
8The FuseWhen the wire melts, all current is stopped from reaching the appliance and switches it off.The fuse stops a large current from flowing through the appliance which could cause wires to overheat, melt or catch fire.The fuse rating is the maximum current that can pass through it.
9The earth wire and fuse together protect the wiring of the circuit. Candidates should have an understanding of the link between cable thickness and fuse value.
10Cables of different thickness are used for different purposes. The cables joining the wall sockets in a house must be much thicker than those then going from the walls to thelight fittings.
11The mains cables are thicker as more current passes along them than along a cable to a light fitting.Due to resistance, if the wire is too thin, it will get very hot – if the wire gets dangerously hot a fire may result.
12Boardworks GCSE Additional Science: Physics Electrical Safety The live wire carries a current that alternates between a negative and positive voltage.The earth wire is asafety wire that is needed to earth appliances witha metal case.This makes it safer to touch the appliance if it develops a fault.The neutral wire completes the circuit. It is kept at a zero voltageby the electricity company.
13What can go wrong!The most dangerous thing that can happen is that the live wire can become loose inside an appliance and touches the casing.This makes the casing LIVE!If you touch the LIVE casing, you could be electrocuted as you are providing a path for the electricity to flow.
14Boardworks GCSE Additional Science: Physics Electrical Safety How does earthing work?Teacher notesThis five-stage animation shows how an earth wire and a fuse are used to increase the safety of an appliance with a metal case.Suitable prompts include:Stage 1: What is the role of the neutral wire?Stage 2: Where is the current from the loose live wire flowing into?Stage 3: Why did the person get an electric shock?Stage 4: Which wire takes the current from the faulty appliance?Stage 5: Why does the current increase when the current flows through the casing?See the ‘Resistors and Resistance’ presentation for more information about resistance.
15Appliances with metal cases are usually earthed. Candidates should be aware that some appliances are double insulated, and therefore have no earth wire connection.
16What does ‘double insulated’ mean? Boardworks GCSE Additional Science: PhysicsElectrical SafetyWhat does ‘double insulated’ mean?Another way of improving the safety of electrical appliances is to make them double insulated.Double insulated appliances have plastic cases, without any wires connected to the case.This means that the case cannot become live, because plastic does not conduct electricity.So, if one layer of insulation is damaged the appliance is still safe for the user.symbol on double insulated appliance
17What is inside an electrical cable? Boardworks GCSE Additional Science: PhysicsElectrical SafetyWhat is inside an electrical cable?copperA 3 core electrical cable contains three wires.These wires are made of copper because it is a good conductor of electricity. Each wire is made of thin strands of copper to keep the cable flexible.Each wire is encased in plastic to stop the wires touching and causing a short circuit. Plastic is used as it is a good insulator, as well as being tough and flexible. The whole cable is encased in another layer of plastic.insulating plastic
182 core and 3 core cablesNormally in appliances where there is no risk of an electric shock (ie double insulated) a two core cable is used. When it is plugged into an electrical outlet current flows into the appliance through one conductor and back into the outlet through the other. This completes the circuit and the appliance starts working.In cases where there is a danger of an electric shock a 3 core cable should be used. The third conductor connects the metal part of the appliance to earth and any leakage that may occur due to a fault, will be safely conducted to ground.
20If an electrical fault causes too great a current, the circuit is disconnected by a fuse or a circuit breaker in the live wire.When the current in a fuse wire exceeds the rating of the fuse it will melt, breaking the circuit.Some circuits are protected by Residual Current Circuit Breakers (RCCBs).
22RCCBs operate by detecting a difference in the current between the live and neutral wires. Knowledge of how the devices do this is not required.Candidates should be aware of the fact that this device operates much faster than a fuse.