Formation of arc during circuit breaking

Formation of arc during circuit breaking
The phenomena of Arc
During opening of current carrying contacts in a circuit breaker the medium in between
opening contacts become highly ionized through which the interrupting current gets low resistive path and continues to flow through this path even after the contacts are physically separated. During the flowing of current from one contact to other the path becomes so heated that it glows in the form of an arc.Arc in circuit breaker Whenever, the contacts of circuit breaker open while carrying load there is an arc in the medium between the separating contacts of the circuit breaker. As long as this arc is sustained in
between the contacts, the current through the circuit breaker will not be interrupted totally.For total interruption of current, the arc needs to be quenched as quickly as possible. The main designing criteria of a circuit breaker is to provide appropriate technology of arc quenching in circuit breaker to fulfill quick and saf…

Circuit breakers

Circuit Breaker
Circuit breakers provide a manual means of energizing and de-energizing a circuit.
Unlike fuses, which must be replaced when they open, a circuit breaker can be reset once the
overcurrent condition has been corrected. Pushing the handle to the “OFF” position then back to
the “ON” position restores the circuit. If a circuit reopens upon reset to the “ON” position, the
circuit should be checked by a qualified electrician.
The fundamental of Circuit breaker operation
In the following illustration, an AC motor is connected through a circuit breaker to a voltage
source. When the circuit breaker is closed, a complete path for current exists between the voltage
source and the motor allowing the motor to run. Opening the circuit breaker breaks the path of
current flow and the motor stops. The circuit breaker automatically opens when it senses a fault

Zener diode

Zener diodesIf we connect a diode and resistor in series with a DC voltage source so that the diode is forward-biased, the voltage drop across the diode will remain fairly constant over a wide range of power supply voltages:
According to the "diode equation," the current through a forward-biased PN junction is proportional to e raised to the power of the forward voltage drop. Because this is an exponential function, current rises quite rapidly for modest increases in voltage drop. Another way of considering this is to say that voltage dropped across a forward-biased diode changes little for large variations in diode current. In the circuit shown above, diode current is limited by the voltage of the power supply, the series resistor, and the diode's voltage drop, which as we know doesn't vary much from 0.7 volts. If the power supply voltage were to be increased, the resistor's voltage drop would increase almost the same amount, and the diode's voltage drop jus…

What is diode


diode is an electrical device allowing current to move through it in one direction with far greater ease than in the other. The most common type of diode in modern circuit design is thesemiconductor diode, although other diode technologies exist. Semiconductor diodes are symbolized in schematic diagrams as such:
When placed in a simple battery-lamp circuit, the diode will either allow or prevent current through the lamp, depending on the polarity of the applied voltage:
When the polarity of the battery is such that electrons are allowed to flow through the diode, the diode is said to be forward-biased. Conversely, when the battery is "backward" and the diode blocks current, the diode is said to be reverse-biased. A diode may be thought of as a kind of switch: "closed" when forward-biased and "open" when reverse-biased. Oddly enough, the direction of the diode symbol's "arrowhead" points against the direction of electron flow. …


AmplifiersThe practical benefit of active devices is theiramplifying ability. Whether the device in question be voltage-controlled or current-controlled, the amount of power required of the controlling signal is typically far less than the amount of power available in the controlled current. In other words, an active device doesn't just allow electricity to control electricity; it allows a small amount of electricity to control a large amount of electricity. Because of this disparity between controlling andcontrolled powers, active devices may be employed to govern a large amount of power (controlled) by the application of a small amount of 

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It is a fundamental rule of physics that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Stated formally, this rule is known as the Law of Conservation of Energy, and no exceptions to it have been discovered to date. If this Law is true …

Mutual inductance and basic operation

Mutual inductance and basic operation Suppose we were to wrap a coil of insulated wire around a loop of ferromagnetic material and energize this coil with an AC voltage source: As an inductor, we would expect this iron-core coil to oppose the applied voltage with its inductive reactance, limiting current through the coil as predicted by the equations XL = 2pfL and I=E/X (or I=E/Z). For the purposes of this example, though, we need to take a more detailed look at the interactions of voltage, current, and magnetic flux in the device. .
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Introduction of AC motor


 After the introduction of the DC electrical distribution system by Edison in the United States, a gradual transition to the more economical AC system commenced. Lighting worked as well on AC as on DC. Transmission of electrical energy covered longer distances at lower loss with alternating current. However, motors were a problem with alternating current. Initially, AC motors were constructed like DC motors. Numerous problems were encountered due to changing magnetic fields, as compared to the static fields in DC motor motor field coils.

 Charles P. Steinmetz contributed to solving these problems with his investigation of hysteresis losses in iron armatures. Nikola Tesla envisioned an entirely new type of motor when he visualized a spinning turbine, not spun by water or steam, but by a AC induction motor,is the workhorse of industry to this day. Its ruggedness and simplicity make for long life, high reliability, and low maintenance. Yet small brushed AC motors, similar to…