IEEE Approves New Standard for Faulted Circuit Indicators
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has approved a new standard, IEEE 1610, "Guide for the Application of Faulted Circuit Indicators for 200 / 600 A, Three-Phase Underground Distribution."
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has approved a new standard, IEEE 1610, "Guide for the Application of Faulted Circuit Indicators for 200 / 600 A, Three-Phase Underground Distribution." This application guide provides information on what a faulted circuit indicator (FCI) is designed to do and describes methods for selecting FCIs for three-phase, 200/600 amp underground distribution circuits.
IEEE has also revised two standards related to high- and medium-voltage power cables. IEEE 592, "Standard for Exposed Semiconducting Shields on High Voltage Cable Joints and Separable Connectors," revises the standard from 1990. The standard provides design tests for shield resistance and a simulated fault-current initiation for exposed semiconducting shields used on cable accessories, specifically joints and separable insulated connectors rated 15 kV through 35 kV.
IEEE has also revised IEEE 1407, "Guide for Accelerated Aging Tests for Medium-Voltage (5 kV - 35 kV) Extruded Electric Power Cables Using Water-Filled Tanks," a standard previously approved in 1998. The implementation of this guide will allow a better description of the test data obtained by different laboratories.
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