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Discussion in ' Electricians' Talk ' started by dnjrMar 9, Log in or Sign up. Screwfix Community Forum. Dear All Does anyone know of an illustrated list that has all or the most common fuses, mcb's and rcd's and their BS numbers or a site that shows them thanks for your help.

That would be useful.

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Clark KentMar 9, Yes it would. Lokkars DaisyMar 9, Perhaps someone with all the knowledge here could generate such a list? Ah but will you?? If we ask nicely? And be kind enough to share such 'knowledge' Yours eternally grateful. MMar 9, Where has the swearing thingy gone? Is it a ploy by Screwfix ,perhaps it is working ,as i am now most embarressed by my sweary word in view. Wonder why admin has dropped the swear filter I ask again?

Still anything goes on TV after 9pm or sometimes before. Not too quick Ext I don't see any bs NOs for mcb's etc. Lokkars DaisyMar 10, Clark KentMar 10, I should think so ,rascal. Appendix B. Pages to Removed 4Mar 10, You must log in or sign up to reply here. Show Ignored Content. Share This Page Tweet. Your name or email address: Do you already have an account? No, create an account now.

Yes, my password is: Forgot your password?A residual-current device RCDresidual-current circuit breaker RCCBor ground-fault circuit interrupter GFCI is a device that quickly breaks an electrical circuit to prevent serious harm from an ongoing electric shock. These electrical wiring devices are designed to quickly and automatically disconnect a circuit when it detects that the electric current is not balanced between the supply and return conductors of a circuit.

Any difference between the currents in these conductors indicates leakage currentwhich presents a shock hazard. RCDs are designed to disconnect the conducting wires "trip" quickly enough to prevent serious injury.

RCDs are testable and resettable devices. A test button safely creates a small leakage condition, and a reset button reconnects the conductors after a fault condition has been cleared. Some RCDs disconnect both the energized and return conductors upon a fault double polewhile a single pole RCD only disconnects the energized conductor.

If the fault has left the return wire " floating " or not at its expected ground potential for any reason, then a single-pole RCD will leave this conductor still connected to the circuit when it detects the fault. A two-pole, or double-pole, residual-current device.

bs en 61008 rcd type

A fault will trigger the switch to its down off position, which in this device would disconnect both conductors. Log-log graph of the effect of alternating current I of duration T passing from left hand to feet as defined in IEC publication RCDs are designed to disconnect the circuit if there is a leakage current.

To prevent electrocution, RCDs should operate within 25—40 milliseconds with any leakage currents through a person of greater than 30 mA, before electric shock can drive the heart into ventricular fibrillationthe most common cause of death through electric shock. By contrast, conventional circuit breakers or fuses only break the circuit when the total current is excessive which may be thousands of times the leakage current an RCD responds to.

A small leakage current, such as through a person, can be a very serious fault, but would probably not increase the total current enough for a fuse or circuit breaker to break the circuit, and certainly not do so fast enough to save a life. RCDs operate by measuring the current balance between two conductors using a differential current transformer.

This measures the difference between current flowing through the live conductor and that returning through the neutral conductor. Operation does not require a fault current to return through the earth wire in the installation; the trip will operate just as well if the return path is through plumbing, contact with the ground or any other current path.

Automatic disconnection and a measure of shock protection is therefore still provided even if the earth wiring of the installation is damaged or incomplete.

For an RCD used with three-phase powerall three live conductors and the neutral if fitted must pass through the current transformer. Electrical plugs with incorporated RCD are sometimes installed on appliances that might be considered to pose a particular safety hazard, for example long extension leads, which might be used outdoors, or garden equipment or hair dryers, which may be used near a bath or sink.

Occasionally an in-line RCD may be used to serve a similar function to one in a plug. By putting the RCD in the extension lead, protection is provided at whatever outlet is used even if the building has old wiring, such as knob and tubeor wiring that does not contain a grounding conductor. In North America, GFI receptacles can be used in cases where there is no grounding conductor, but they must be labeled as "ungrounded".

An ungrounded GFI receptacle will trip using the built-in "test" button, but will not trip using a GFI test plug, because the plug tests by passing a small current from line to the non-existent ground.

In Europe, RCDs can fit on the same DIN rail as the miniature circuit breakers ; however, the busbar arrangements in consumer units and distribution boards can make it awkward to use them in this way.

Electrical sockets with included RCDs are becoming more common. A pure RCD will detect imbalance in the currents of the supply and return conductors of a circuit. But it cannot protect against overload or short circuit like a fuse or a miniature circuit breaker MCB does except for the special case of a short circuit from live to ground, not live to neutral. However, an RCD and an MCB often come integrated in the same device, thus being able to detect both supply imbalance and overload current.

bs en 61008 rcd type

Such a device is called. The common term "Safety Switch" may be misleading. While the RCD is vital to electrical safety, it cannot as noted above protect against all active-to-neutral electrocutions.They are designed to provide safety for three types of protection; these are:. An RCD monitors the earth leakage current in a circuit.

It is constructed from coils of wire wound around a ferrite toroid core, one for each live conductor of the circuit protected. When a current imbalance between live conductors is detected, a voltage will be induced in the tripping coil which will disconnect the electrical supply to the protected circuit see Figure 1.

RCDs are far more sensitive than circuit-breakers. The sensitivity being rated in milliamps mA as opposed to amps A. Residual Current Device is a generic term used for describing devices which incorporate residual current protection in accordance with one of the standards below:. RCDs work by monitoring the flow of current in a circuit's live conductors and, if the flow of current is imbalanced due to an earth leakage current of a set nominal value, the device will trip to cut off the supply to the circuit.

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It is important to understand that RCDs cannot limit voltage or current, they provide protection by limiting the time a specific maximum current can flow to earth.

In a healthy circuit, the vector sum of the currents flowing in all live conductors should be nominally zero. When a fault occurs on a circuit causing a current to flow to earth, this creates an imbalance and trips the device. Some equipment will have DC leakage current by the nature of design, other equipment may produce DC currents during fault conditions, dictated by the construction of the equipment.

BS Annex 53, Figure A This demonstrates how the shape of the waveform is affected on various types of circuits under load and fault conditions. Recently introduced in the BSRegulation To help explain, it might be worth thinking about some older models of earth fault loop impedance testers, which could cause the RCD to operate unintentionally.

To prevent this, some types of earth fault loop impedance testers imposed a DC current on the AC test current. This DC current saturated the magnetic core of the RCD preventing it from tripping under the test condition. Where equipment produces an element of residual DC, for example, variable-speed drives is connected to the electrical installation, the DC component can saturate the magnetic core and effectively blind or locks the RCD.

This is known as 'blinding' and could either prevent the RCD from operating or reduce the sensitivity resulting in a dangerous situation. The advent of new technologies has created different challenges for the electrical designer and installer. Some modern equipment can create DC residual fault current. Such items include, variable-speed drives, LED lighting, washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers.

Solar photovoltaic systems incorporate inverters to convert DC to AC for use either within the electrical installation or to be supplied to the National Grid. Some inverters may provide galvanic or electrical separation between the AC mains supply and the DC side of the PV array. Where electric vehicle charging equipment is likely to create a residual DC fault current, manufacturers may provide the correct type of RCD within the charging equipment.

However, problems could arise if the charging equipment is installed downstream of an existing Type AC RCD, which could be blinded by the residual DC fault current. In some types of DC charging equipment, the AC input side is galvanically isolated from the DC output which, hence, provides electrical separation. This means that faults on the DC output side, connected to the vehicle, would not be detected by an RCD on the input side of the circuit.

In new installations, it is common practice to install a consumer unit which was supplied with RCDs already connected. These are likely to be Type AC which could be ineffective due to the residual DC fault current created by types of electrical equipment. Many installers, either because of habit or a misunderstanding of the limitations for an AC Type RCD, often assume they are suitable for all installations, but this is incorrect. In existing electrical installations, Type AC RCDs have been installed for many years and are effective for equipment which is resistive, capacitive or inductive and fitted with minimal electronic components.

This used to be the case for most installations when lighting was of the tungsten type, and the electrical appliances or equipment did not contain any electronic equipment. Modern appliances are becoming increasingly more sophisticated, featuring microprocessor technology with an emphasis on energy reduction.

This has led manufacturers to incorporate energy-saving measures, such as speed control, which by the nature of its operation has an element of DC residual fault current. All types of electrical installations could be affected, it depends on the equipment which has been installed. Examples include:.I would be interested to know of any manufacturers willing to declare that their product will disable probably the most widely used general type AC RCD :.

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A manufacturer is getting back to me about their products later in the week, and I'd like to have something to compare their answer to. Browse all discussions Latest Posts. Latest blog posts Find a Blog. RCD types Discussions H Wiring and the RCD types.

Log in to the online community. Want to post a reply? You'll need to log in. May ' Which is along the lines of why I asked them that given that their new advertising states that their new range of RCD sockets and fused conn. They also think they may have to pull their new advertising however as it may be misleading. I hope to know more from them by the end of the week.

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I would be interested to know of any manufacturers willing to declare that their product will disable probably the most widely used general type AC RCD : In terms of manufacturer's declaring that their product is intended to disable an RCD the only one I can think of are the loop testers with the old 'D-Lok' function but that at least does demonstrate the underlying physics.

I think in terms of ordinary appliances I think it's more of a case of the industry gradually realizing that there's a problem that even fault-free RCDs might not trip when they should, rather than appliance manufacturers jumping up and down to draw anybody's attention to the fact.

EVSE equipment manufacturers are probably the most open at the moment. AJJewsbury : I would be interested to know of any manufacturers willing to declare that their product will disable probably the most widely used general type AC RCD : In terms of manufacturer's declaring that their product is intended to disable an RCD the only one I can think of are the loop testers with the old 'D-Lok' function but that at least does demonstrate the underlying physics. Changing the design of an AC to an A is a fairly small change, in many cases no design change at all.

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Annex N. Circuit breakers. Miniature circuit breakers with tabs Blade typeForm CB BS EN Specification for residual current operated circuit-breakers without integral overcurrent protection for household and similar uses RCCBs. Click to learn more. Overview Product Details For devices not incorporating overcurrent protection hereafter referred to as RCCBsfor rated voltages not exceeding V a.

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Accept and continue Learn more about the cookies we use and how to change your settings.Premium Membership. Study specialized technical articles, papers, and electrical engineering video courses. The following devices are all RCDs, equipped with additional functions and features, offering cost effective solutions in different applications. Criteria I — Additional functions and features:. Criteria II — Wave form of earth leakage currents detected: see details.

This device is essentially a mechanical switch with the residual current tripping characteristic attached to it. So basically it will only break the circuit when there is a leakage current flowing to earth. The tripping time is such as to minimise the risk to human life. RCCBs usually have a fault making and breaking capacity on the order of 1 kA.

This means that they can handle a fault of 1 kA on their own if it is a fault to earth. For overloads and line to neutral short circuits, the Wiring Rules require other devices to provide protection. The device used for short circuit protection may improve the short circuit rating of the RCCB when they operate together. This allows an RCCB rated at, for example, A to be used in circuits where the actual fault level is higher than A!

This is a residual current device that has an MCB built in to it. The main functions that an RCBO is able to provide are:. As the price of these devices is falling, the RCBO is an effective way of protecting lives and the installation. This kind of residual current device has been designed to satisfy the requirements of industry. They suit three-phase circuits and high current loads.

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The residual current threshold and tripping delay is often adjustable, thus allowing selectivity among different circuit breakers. Phase and neutral conductors go through a toroidal transformercreating a magnetic field proportional to its current.

In normal situations the vector sum of the currents is zero. In case of fault, the toroidal transformer detects the imbalance and sends a signal to the relay and compares it with the preset threshold value. The output contact of the relay is turned on when the fault detected value is higher than the preset threshold and lasts more than the preset tripping time value.I can't wait to return to Iceland when the landscape is green, to see it as a completely different country (and vacation).

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