Updated: Mar 27, 2022
Scope and Objectives
The scope of this electrical installation handbook is to provide the designer and user of electrical plants with a quick reference, immediate-use working tool. This is not intended to be a theoretical document, nor a technical catalogue, but, in addition to the latter, aims to be of help in the correct definition of equipment, in numerous practical installation situations.
!!! The dimensioning of an electrical plant requires knowledge of different factors relating to, for example, installation utilities, the electrical conductors and other components; this knowledge leads the design engineer to consult numerous documents and technical catalogues.
This electrical installation handbook, however, aims to supply, in a single document, tables for the quick definition of the main parameters of the components of an electrical plant and for the selection of the protection devices for a wide range of installations.
Protection and Control Devices
The main definitions regarding LV switchgear and controlgear are included in the international Standards IEC 60947-1, IEC 60947-2 and IEC 60947-3.
A mechanical switching device, capable of making, carrying and breaking currents under normal circuit conditions and also making, carrying for a specified time and breaking currents under specified abnormal circuit conditions such as those of short circuit.
Current-limiting circuit breaker
A circuit-breaker with a break-time short enough to prevent the short-circuit current from reaching its otherwise attainable peak value.
Plug-in circuit breaker
A circuit-breaker, in addition to its interrupting contacts, has a set of contacts that enable the circuit-breaker to be removed.
Withdrawable circuit breaker
A circuit-breaker, in addition to its interrupting contacts, has a set of isolating contacts that enable the circuit-breaker to be disconnected from the main circuit, in the withdrawn position, to achieve an isolating distance in accordance with specified requirements.
Moulded-case circuit breaker
A circuit-breaker has a supporting housing of moulded insulating material forming an integral part of the circuit-breaker.
A mechanical switching device that, in the open position, complies with the requirements specified for the isolating function.
A device, mechanically connected to a mechanical switching device that releases the holding means and permits the opening or the closing of the switching device.
Electrical Installation Handbook Volume-1 by ABB