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4.3 Vacuum Switching Technology and Components for Medium Voltage

4.3.8 Contactor-Fuse Combination
Contactor-fuse combinations 3TL62/63/66 are type-tested units comprising contactors and HV HRC (high-voltage high-rupturing capacity) fuses. They have been specially developed for flexible use in restricted spaces and do not require any additional room for HV HRC fuses or any additional conductors between contactor and fuse. The components are laid out on the base plate so as to enable optimum ventilation, thereby allowing a high normal current. This design even meets the high dielectric strength standards required in countries such as China. A number of different designs are available for integration in the switchgear panel, for example with different pole-center distances and widths across flats. A choice of single and double fuse holders, control transformer and an extensive range of other accessories are available as delivery versions (table 4.3-7). Construction The contactor-fuse combination (fig. 4.3-11, fig. 4.3-12) consists of the components vacuum contactor (1), insulating cover with fuse holder (2), fuse-links (3), contacts (4) and optionally a control transformer (5). These are accommodated on a base plate (6). In normal operation, the vacuum contactor (1) breaks the corresponding currents reliably. To do this, the vacuum switching technology, proven for nearly 40 years, serves as arcquenching principle by using vacuum interrupters. The vacuum interrupters are operated by the magnet system through an integral rocker. The insulating cover with fuse holder (2) is mounted on one side of the contactor. On the other side it stands on a crossmember (7) under which there is room for the optional control transformer. The holders, which are especially conceived for the use of two HV HRC fuse-links, ensure a homogeneous distribution of the current to the two fuse-links of one phase. The contactor-fuse combination is optimized for using 3GD2 fuses. But also fuse links from other manufacturers can be used (3). When selecting the fuses for an operational scenario, the technical limit values such as heating due to power dissipation, the limit switching capacity and the maximum let-through current must be taken into account. The contacts (4) are used to establish the connection to the busbar compartment and the cable compartment via bushings, which can also be delivered optionally. The optional control transformer (5) is connected to the highvoltage terminals of the contactor-fuse combination on its primary part, so that no additional cables are required. To protect the transformer, a separate upstream fuse is seriesconnected on the primary side and accommodated in the crossmember. Due to its different versions, the control transformer can be optimally selected to the existing power system.

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4 5 6 7 Disconnecting contacts Optional control transformer Base plate Cross-member


1 Vacuum contactor 2 Insulating cover with fuse holder 3 Fuse element

Fig. 4.3-11: Construction of the contactor-fuse combination 3TL6

Fig. 4.3-12: Installation of the contactor-fuse combination in the contactor panel

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