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Electrode Configurations for Arc-Flash Calculations

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

In order to calculate arc-flash for a piece of distribution equipment, you must set its electrode configuration as described in IEEE Std 1584-2018 Table 9.

This article illustrates each electrode configuration so you can determine the appropriate option for your distribution equipment.

VCB

This image shows an example of a Vertical conductors or electrodes inside a metal box or enclosure configuration.

The conductors extend downward from the top of a metal box or enclosure.

This configuration typically results in lower incident energy values than other configurations except for VOA.

VCBB

This image shows an example of a Vertical conductors or electrodes terminated in an insulating barrier inside a metal box or enclosure configuration.

The conductors extend downward from the top of a metal box or enclosure and terminate in an insulating barrier.

This configuration typically results in higher incident energy values than other configurations except for HCB.

HCB

This image shows an example of a Horizontal conductors or electrodes inside a metal box or enclosure configuration.

The conductors extend outward from the back of a metal box or enclosure.

This configuration typically results in the highest incident energy values.

VOA

This image shows an example of a Vertical conductors or electrodes in open air configuration.

The conductors extend downward and are not enclosed.

This configuration typically results in the lowest incident energy values.

HOA

This image shows an example of a Horizontal conductors or electrodes in open air configuration.

The conductors extend outward and are not enclosed.

This configuration typically results in higher incident energy values than VOA and VCB, but lower than VCBB and HCB.

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