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Thread: Trip curve breaker classification

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    Trip curve breaker classification

    I heard that in Europe circuit breakers are divided by trip curve classifications, e.g. B, C, D, each class having its application (resi, commercial, industrial).
    I am not aware of such "flavors" in the US breaker applications.
    In any event, I have not come across this in residential. The only thing close to it that I ever came across was the AIC rating.
    So, is there such a thing here as trip curve classes?

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    I don't know if there are any circuit breakers made this way but the difference between b c and d class has to do with the instantaneous trip. You might use a Class D on a Transformer because it takes more current to trip on instantaneous but has the same trip curve on normal overloads. I don't know that small circuit breakers here are done that way but you can buy molded case circuit breakers in larger sizes that have adjustments for such things. You can also get fuses with similar trip curves for special purposes like Transformers.
    Bob

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