Arc Flash Hazards on Direct Current (DC) Systems

6 June, 2017 | White paper

DANIEL LEBEAU, P.Eng.

Electrical Engineer

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When performing electrical work, the most common problem is the risk of arc flashes. To adequately protect their employees, many companies have acknowledged the importance of performing arc flash studies for AC systems, in accordance with the CSA Z462 standard—the reference in arc flash hazard assessments.

That said, there are various ways to assess incident energy caused by an arc flash on DC systems and qualified experts must be mandated to obtain and adequately apply accurate and realistic calculations.

This white paper introduces a quick and easy calculation to demonstrate how important it is to apply the methods indicated in the CSA Z462-15 standard.

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