Arc Flash Book

Complete Guide to Arc Flash Hazard Calculation Studies


This book by Jim Phillips, P.E. takes Arc Flash to the next level by showing you how to perform the complete Arc Flash Hazard Calculation Study by using a very structured approach to take you through each step from beginning to end.  Using a series of flow charts, examples and calculation worksheets developed by Jim, the study process is broken down into a detailed step by step approach.  You will be taken through many solved problems and examples including arcing short circuit current, incident energy and arc flash boundary calculations. You will also see how to simplify the arc flash study and arc flash labeling as well as understand how to properly model the power system.

This book is the first of its kind to include DC arc flash calculations, worksheets and solved examples explaining the current methods of addressing DC arc flash.

Jim is Secretary of IEEE 1584 – IEEE Guide for Arc Flash Hazard Calculations and is the International Chairman of Geneva, Switzerland based International Electro-Technical  Commission’s (IEC) TC78 Live Working which includes  Arc Flash Protection.  He is also a member of many other codes and standards committees.  Jim was previously the Head of the United States delegation for the IEC Technical Committee 78 – Live Working.   All of this provides him with a very unique perspective from the insider’s view.  His Arc Flash Training Courses have become the industry standard.  Even instructors from other training companies have attended Jim’s classes to see how it’s done.

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Arc Flash Studies by Jim PhillipsComplete Guide to: Arc Flash Hazard Calculation Studies – 282 Pages
By Jim Phillips, P.E.

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Book Summary

Step by Step Approach – This book takes the entire Arc Flash Study process and breaks it down into individual steps with one chapter for each step.

Solved Examples – This book is Packed with many solved example problems to help illustrate the details of each equation and calculation method.

Calculation Work Sheets – Solving complex equations such as those used for the study can seem overwhelming. However, Jim takes each arc flash equation and breaks it down into simple steps by using work sheets that he developed to simplify the problem solving process.

Tricks and Traps – Many questions and potential problem areas are frequently encountered when performing the Arc Flash Study. Jim provides many tricks that can be used for the study and also warnings about the potential traps that could be encountered. You will also see how to successfully make assumptions and simplify the overall process.

DC Arc Flash Calculations – Although not part of any standard (yet), this is the first book of it’s kind to include DC arc flash calculations and worksheets with many examples and illustrations based on a few well known technical papers.

Book Overview

Chapter 1. Warning! Arc Flash Hazard
What is an Arc Flash?
Burn Injuries

Chapter 2. Codes and Standards
Who Says I Have to Perform the Study?
OSHA CFR Title 29
NFPA 70E—Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
Shock Hazard Analysis
Arc Flash Warning Labels
NFPA 70 National Electrical Code
Many Standards Define the Arc Flash Study and Protection Requirements

Chapter 3. What is an Arc-Flash Hazard Calculation Study?
What is an Arc-Flash Hazard Calculation Study?
Why Perform the Arc-Flash Hazard Calculation Study?
Calculation Methods
The Study Process

Chapter 4. Data Collection
Where Do I begin?
PPE To Wear During Data Collection
Single Line Diagrams
Jump Start the Project
Source Data
Impedance Data
Protective Device Data
Arc Flash Study Parameters
Type of Equipment
Data Assumptions
Equipment Condition and Maintenance

Chapter 5. Single Line Diagram
Developing the Single Line Diagram
Operating Scenarios

Chapter 6. System Modeling
System Modeling
Comparison of Scenarios—Does the PPE Level Change?

Chapter 7. Bolted Short Circuit Current
What is a Short Circuit?
Short Circuit Study—Bolted Short Circuit Current
Simplified “Infinite Bus” Short Circuit Calculation
Comparison of Transformer kVA Rating and Short Circuit Current
Effect of the Source Impedance
Effect of the Conductors
Short Circuit Motor Contribution

Chapter 8. Arcing Short Circuit Current
Arcing Short Circuit vs. Bolted Short Circuit
Arcing Short Circuit Current Calculations
Arcing Short Circuit Calculations ≤ 1kV

Chapter 9. Arc Flash Duration and Time Current Curves
Duration of Arc Flash Exposure
Factors Affecting Arc Flash Duration
Time Current Curves
Selective Coordination and Maintenance Settings
Transformer Secondary Blind Spot and Danger Areas
Overcurrent Device Age and Condition
Device Setting or Rating Changes
100% vs. 85% of Arcing Current

Chapter 10. Incident Energy Calculations
Incident Energy
Incident Energy Calculations ≤ 15 kV Three Phas
Incident Energy Calculations > 15 kV
Current Limiting Devices
Clearing Time is Everything

Chapter 11. Arc Flash Boundary
Arc Flash Boundary
IEEE 1584 Arc Flash Boundary < 15 kV
Arc Flash Boundary > 15 kV
Using Arc Flash Boundary Equations to determine the safe working distance for PPE
with a lower arc rating
Keeping Unprotected People Away
Keep it Simple! Standardized Arc Flash Protection Boundaries

Chapter 12. DC Arc Flash Calculations
Arc Flash is not Just an AC Problem
DC Arc Flash Calculations
DC Arc Flash Modeling
DC Arc Resistance Worksheet
Power and Energy in the Arc
DC Arc Flash in Open Air
DC Arc Flash in an Enclosure / Box
What’s Next?

Chapter 13. Arc-Rated Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment
Arc-Rated Clothing and PPE Selection
OSHA AR Clothing and PPE Requirements
NFPA 70E– AR Clothing and PPE Requirements
Method One—Incident Energy Analysis
Hazard/Risk Category Classification Table
Alternative to the Arc-Flash Hazard Calculation Study
NESC Arc-Rated Clothing and PPE Requirements
Incident Energy Greater Than 40 cal/cm2
Arc-Rated Clothing
Personal Protective Equipment
What’s Next?

Chapter 14. Arc Flash Warning Labels
Arc Flash Warning Label
What Information is required on the label?
Which Equipment requires a label?
What Colors and Signal Words are required?
Where are the Labels Located?
Labeling Multi-Section Equipment

Chapter 15. Solutions
Recommendations to Reduce Incident Energy
Protective Device Setting Changes to Reduce the Arc Flash Hazard
Protection Schemes to Reduce the Arc Flash Hazard
The Best Method

Chapter 16. The Arc-Flash Hazard Calculation Study Report
Put it in Writing
The Detailed Report
There WILL be Changes!
Get Everyone On Board!

Chapter 17. Integrating the Results into the Electrical Safety Program
Arc Flash and the Electrical Safety Program
How to Recognize the Arc Flash Hazard
Arc Flash Protection Boundary
Selection of Arc-Rated Clothing and PPE based on Study Results
Use of Arc Flash Warning Labels
Electrically Safe Work Condition
Energized Electrical Work Permit
Arc Flash and Electrical Safety Training

Chapter 18. The Final Word—Can it Happen to Me?
I am careful—It can’t happen to me!
Strange Statistics from My Arc Flash Training
The Final Word—Don’t Become a Statistic!

Appendix A: Acronyms
Appendix B: Data Collection Forms
Appendix C: Calculation Worksheets



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