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CURRENT IN AMPERES

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TIME IN SECONDS
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CURRENT IN AMPERES

MINIMUM MELTING TIME-CURRENT CHARACTERISTIC CURVES

SMU FUSE UNITS — S&C STANDARD SPEED

BASIS—These fuse units are tested in accordance with the proce­ Since fuse units having nickel-chrome or silver element con­ This narrow time band normally will provide the desired coordi­
dures described in ANSI Standard C37.41-1981, and they are rated to struction are not subject to damage by aging or transient overcur­rents, nation. If the selected S&C Standard Speed fuse unit does not meet
comply with ANSI Standard C37.46-1981. As required by these it is unnecessary to replace unblown fuse units of either of these the coordination requirements, check to see if the same ampere rating
standards, the minimum melting current is not less than 200% of constructions in single-phase or three-phase installations when one in the S&C Slow Speed or S&C Very Slow Speed will satisfy.
fuse-unit ampere rating, and the minimum melting curves are based or more fuse units have blown. Sometimes a selected ampere rating will fail to meet the coordina­
on tests starting with the fuse unit at an ambient temperature of 25°C tion requirements in any available speed. In this case the selection of
and no initial load. COORDINATION—Any preloading reduces melting time. While this
phenomenon especially pronounced in other makes of fuses having another ampere rating for either the protecting or protected fuse usu­
CONSTRUCTION—Fusible elements for fuse units rated 3E through minimum melting currents appreciably less then 200% of rating, the ally will satisfy all requirements.
7E amperes are nickel-chrome, under controlled tension; fusible effect of preloading must nonetheless be determined for the S&C fuse Do not assume that other fuses that do not employ S&C’s silver,
ele­ments for fuse units rated 10E through 400E amperes are silver, units represented by these curves (see S&C Data Bulletin 240-195) helically coiled fusible element construction can better resolve a coor­
helically coiled. All are of solderless construction. and adjustments to these curves must be made: dination impasse than the use of another ampere rating in one of the
1. When close coordination is required; S&C speed options. Such other fuses, including “time-lag” speeds,
TOLERANCES—Curves are plotted to minimum test points. Maximum
2. When, regardless of the preciseness of coordination, the fuse unit “super-slow” speeds, and “high-surge” speeds, require the use of
varia­tions expressed in current values are:
is subjected to temporary overloads. “safety-zone” or setback allowances and, in addition, they have larger
Plus 10% for 10E through 400E ampere ratings. construction tolerances (plus 20% in current; plus 40% in terms
Plus 15% for 5E through 7E ampere ratings. There are cases where the coordination requirements may be very
exacting, for example, in coordinating a transformer primary fuse with of time). The application of these two factors will give a time interval
Plus 20% for 3E ampere rating. between the adjusted minimum melting curve and the total clearing
a secondary breaker and a source-side breaker. The time interval
APPLICATION—Like all high-voltage fuses, these fuse units are between the operating characteristics of the two breakers may be very curve greater than in the case of S&C speed options.
intended to accommodate overloads, not to interrupt them. Accord­ narrow. Under these circumstances there must be an extremely short
ingly, they feature fusible elements which are designed with a time interval between the minimum melting and the total clearing
min­imum melting current of 200% of the fuse-unit ampere rating (for characteristics of the fuse.
fuse units rated 100 amperes or less) or 240% of the fuse-unit The fuse units represented by these curves possess this short
ampere rating (for fuse units rated over 100 amperes). As a result, time interval feature, since—having a nondamageable fusible
these fuse units have considerable peak-load capabilities; however,
FUSE UNITS AVAILABLE—
ele­ment of precise construction—they require: Type kV Nom. Ratings Ampere Ratings
they should never be exposed to loading in excess of the peak-load
1. As little as 10% total tolerance in melting current—compared to SMU-20®. . . . . . . . . . . . 14.4 through 34.5. . . . . . . 5E through 200E
capabilities listed in S&C Data Bulletin 240-190.
the 20% tolerance of many fuses (20% and 40% respectively in SMU-40®. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.8 through 25. . . . . . . . 3E through 400E
terms of time).
2. No “safety-zone” or setback allowances.

July 14, 2015


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