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What are the different types of circuit breakers and their applications?


Albert Smith, Expert of Electricians Service Team

Circuit breakers come in various types, each tailored to specific applications:

  • Thermal Circuit Breakers: These react to overcurrent by heating a bimetallic strip, ideal for certain applications.
  • Magnetic Circuit Breakers: They respond to high current levels through electromagnetic principles, suitable for specific scenarios.
  • Hydraulic-Magnetic Circuit Breakers: Combining thermal and magnetic mechanisms, they offer versatility across different settings.
  • Miniature Circuit Breakers (MCBs): Commonly used in homes and businesses for general protection due to their adaptability.
  • Air Circuit Breakers (ACBs): Employing air as the interrupting medium, they’re ideal for high-power systems.
  • Residual Current Circuit Breakers (RCCBs): Detecting ground faults, they prevent electric shocks and ensure safety.
  • Vacuum Circuit Breakers (VCBs): Using vacuum for interruption, they are well-suited for medium voltage applications.
  • SF6 Circuit Breakers: Utilizing sulfur hexafluoride gas, they’re designed for high-voltage applications.
  • Oil Circuit Breakers: Primarily used in older electrical systems, these are gradually being phased out in modern applications.

Understanding the variety of circuit breakers and their specific functions is crucial for choosing the right type for a particular electrical setup. For more detailed information, visit Electrician Service Team – Circuit Breaker’s Impact.

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