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CURRENT IN AMPERES

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500 100K, 140K, AND 200K ARE 500
PREFERRED RATINGS; 8K,

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CURRENT IN AMPERES

TOTAL CLEARING TIME-CURRENT CHARACTERISTIC CURVES


POSITROL FUSE LINKSS&C K SPEED
BASISThese fuse links are tested in accordance with the proce- COORDINATIONThese curves represent the total time required for 4. Coordination to higher levels of fault current with respect to
dures described in ANSI Standard C37.41-1981, to comply with a fuse link to melt and interrupt a fault current, and should be fol- sequence operation of fuse links.
ANSI Standard C37.42-1981. As required by these standards, the lowed in coordination problems where fuse links are applied as
The breadth of coordination described above can be obtained
minimum melting current is not less than 200% of fuse-link ampere protecting devices.
only by the use of S&C Positrol Fuse Links. No fuse link of low-tem-
rating, and the minimum melting and total clearing curves are
Any preloading reduces melting time. With respect to the pro- perature element construction (tin, lap-joint) can provide similar per-
based on tests starting with the fuse link at an ambient temperature
tected fuse, the effect of preloading must be determined and adjust- formance.
of 25C and no initial load.
ments made to its minimum melting curve:
NOTEA coordination scheme designed to take full advantage of
CONSTRUCTIONFusible elements for fuse links rated 6K through 1. When close coordination is required;
the nondamageability and the superior coordination capabilities of
100K amperes are silver, helically coiled; fusible elements for fuse 2. When automatic circuit reclosers or three-shot cutouts are
S&C Positrol Fuse Links may not function satisfactorily if fuse links
links rated 140K and 200K amperes are silver-tin. All are of solder- involved;
of the same speed but of other makes are substituted. However,
less construction. 3. When, regardless of the preciseness of coordination, the pro-
S&C K Speed Positrol Fuse Links can replace, on a one-for-one
tected fuse is subjected to temporary overloads.
TOLERANCESCurves are plotted to maximum test points. All varia- basis, other manufacturers K speed fuse links in existing coordi-
tions are minus. If close coordination is to be achieved, overloading must be nation schemes. Such replacements, unlike tin-element fuse links,
avoided since it causes a significant shift in time-current character- are not subject to nuisance fuse operations (sneakouts) due to
APPLICATIONLike all high-voltage fuses, these fuse links are
istics. damage from surge currents, load cycling, vibration, and aging.
intended to accommodate overloads, not to interrupt them. Accord-
ingly, they feature fusible elements which are designed with a min- The exclusive use of S&C Positrol Fuse Linksbecause of their FUSE LINKS AVAILABLE
imum melting current of 200% of the fuse-link ampere rating (for inherently narrower tolerance band and because of their nondam-
Style Ampere Ratings
fuse links rated 100K amperes or less) or 220% of the fuse-link ageabilitywill expand the scope of coordination as follows:
Universal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6K through 200K
ampere rating (for fuse links rated over 100K amperes). As a result,
1. Coordination of preferred with adjacent intermediate ratings, Extra-Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6K through 200K
these fuse links have considerable peak-load capabilities; however,
giving twice as many sectionalizing points. This is true for the
they should never be exposed to loading in excess of the peak-load
sequence operation of fuse links alone, or for the sequence
capabilities listed in S&C Data Bulletin 350-190.
operation of fuse links coordinated with automatic circuit
Since fuse links having silver element construction are not sub- reclosers.
ject to damage by aging or transient overcurrents, it is unnecessary 2. Coordination of a larger number of fuse-link ratings with a
to replace unblown fuse links of such construction in single-phase or given automatic circuit recloser between the fast and retarded
three-phase installations when one or more fuse links have blown. curves.
However, it is advisable to replace unblown silver-tin element fuse 3. Coordination through a greater range, and to higher levels of
links under the same conditions, sincewhile not subject to aging fault current, with respect to automatic circuit reclosers.
they may be damaged by transient overcurrents.

Supersedes TCC No. 165-6-2 dated 12-17-84 c1986


TCC NUMBER 165-6-2
s S&C ELECTRIC COMPANY Chicago
S&C ELECTRIC CANADA LTD. Toronto
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January 20, 1986