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 Post subject: Using the series rating charts - real example
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:30 am 
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Don't mean to beat this topic to death. Well, yeah, I guess I do, but since I had another example of being over dutied/under rated come up today I thought I would share it.

Scenario: Fairly low impedance (2.9%) 300 kva dry transformer originally feeding a large dimmer rack. Over the years someone added a panelboard off the secondary of this transformer plus a cam-lock quick hookup for a mobile TV broadcast truck.

The branch panel is a Siemens S1 with a 125A type ED4 main breaker and a bunch of 1P20A type BL branch breakers. Voltage is 208Y/120V.

SKM model tells me I have a little over 10KA available at this panel. The BL breakers are only good for 10KAIC. Hmmm. What to do.

1. Replace the breakers with BLH's or other 22KAIC rated breakers.
2. Artificially increase the feeder length until we get below 10KA available.
3. See if there is a tested series combination rated high enough.

See attached 3 page PDF for the solution.
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Series Rating Example.pdf


BTW - I also have three 480Y/277V panels that are over dutied in this building but all 3 are fed with LPS-RK-200 fuses and have GE TEY breakers for which there is a tested series rating that is well high enough.


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 Post subject: Re: Using the series rating charts - real example
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:20 pm 
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Option 3 often works for me...check under the IEC method vs. ANSI. Sometimes you will find that the ANSI simplifications/shortcuts produce higher (conservative) results. That's why the arc flash bolted fault numbers with the "comprehensive" method are lower.


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 Post subject: Re: Using the series rating charts - real example
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:23 am 
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bbaumer wrote:
3. See if there is a tested series combination rated high enough.


According to Siemens (bulletin PBTA-00101B-0610) the listed combination of ED4 and BL breakers is 65KAIC @ 240V max.


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 Post subject: Re: Using the series rating charts - real example
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:14 am 
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JBD wrote:
bbaumer wrote:
3. See if there is a tested series combination rated high enough.


According to Siemens (bulletin PBTA-00101B-0610) the listed combination of ED4 and BL breakers is 65KAIC @ 240V max.


Yep. That's what I concluded. See PDF I attached to the first post.


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