Main contacts conduct the current in closed position of the breaker. They have low contactresistance and are silver plated. The arching contacts (2) are hard, heat resistance and usuallymade of copper alloy. While opening the contact, the main contacts dislodge first. The current isshifted to the arching contacts. The arching contacts dislodge later and arc is drawn betweenthem (3). This arc is forced upwards by the electromagnetic force and thermal action. The arcends travel along the Arc Runner (Arcing horns). The arc moves upwards and is split by arcsplitter plates (5). The arc is extinguished by lengthening, cooling, splitting etc. In some breakersthe arc is drawn in the direction of the splitter by magnetic field.