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S&C SMD  -20 Power Fuses

Outdoor Distribution (14.4 kV through 34.5 kV)


SMD-20 Power Fuses offer full-fault-spectrum protection. They detect
and interrupt all faults—large, medium, and small—even down to
minimum melting current
SMD-20 Power Fuses offer:
• Unique, low-arc-energy fault interruption and
mild exhaust.
• Dropout after fault interruption, to provide
visual indication.
• Pole-top or station mounting
• Loadbuster®— The S&C Loadbreak Tool oper-
ability, for convenient load switching.
SMD-20 Power Fuses—with their universal
SMU‑20® Fuse Units—provide reliable, economical
protection for transformers and capacitors on
outdoor distribution feeders and in distribution
substations.
SMD-20 Power Fuses protect the system
upstream too. They operate promptly on short
circuits, thus minimizing the stresses on the
remainder of the system. And they isolate only
the faulted segment, limiting the extent of service
interruption.
SMD-20 Power Fuses also protect downstream
lines and cables, as well as downstream equipment
such as transformer s and capacitors.
The positive dropout action of SMD‑20 Power
Fuses following fault interruption ensures
permanent isolation of faulted circuits and
equipment, and provides clearly visible indication of
fuse operation.
SMD‑20 Power Fuses feature precision-
engineered nondamageable silver or nickel-chrome
fusible elements. Time-current characteristics
are precise and permanently accurate, ensuring
dependable performance, and continued reliability
of system coordination plans. The precise time-
current characteristics and nondamageability of
SMD‑20 Power Fuses permit source-side protective
devices to be set for faster operation than may be
practical with other power fuses or circuit breakers,
thus providing better system protection without
compromising coordination.
SMD‑20 Power Fuses are available for loads
through 200 amperes at system voltages through
34.5 kV. They offer fault-interrupting ratings
of 22,400 amperes, RMS, asymmetrical on
systems through 16.5 kV; 20,000 amperes, RMS,
asymmetrical on systems through 24.9 kV; and
16,000 amperes, RMS, asymmetrical on systems
through 34.5 kV.

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Transformer Protection Line and Cable Protection (Sectionalizing)
SMD‑20 Power Fuses, installed on the primary Applied at pole-top locations on distribution
side of a power transformer in a substation or a feeders, or the secondary of distribution substation
pole-mounted transformer on a distribution feeder, transformers, SMD‑20 Power Fuses can interrupt
provide full-fault-spectrum protection. They detect all classes of permanent faults on overhead lines
and interrupt all faults—large, medium, and small or underground cables. But they won’t operate
(even down to minimum melting current); with unnecessarily and aren’t damaged by transient
line-to-line or line-to-ground voltage across the fuse; faults.
whether the fault is on the primary or secondary With their permanently accurate time-current
side; and regardless of transformer winding characteristics and wide selection of available
connections. And they handle the full range of ampere ratings and speeds, SMD‑20 Power Fuses
transient-recovery-voltage severity associated with are ideal for coordination with substation reclosers
these conditions. or circuit breakers in “fuse saving” schemes. And
With the unique design and performance they provide excellent series coordination with
characteristics of SMD‑20 Power Fuses, it’s possible other fuses whenever greater system segmentation
to fuse close to transformer full-load current is desired to limit the scope of outages following
without risking unwanted operation due to routine permanent faults. Since SMD‑20 Power Fuses are
overloads or harmless transient surges. Such close Loadbuster tool operable, the convenience and
fusing—coupled with exceptional low-current versatility of full-load switching can be provided
fault-interrupting performance—ensures maximum anywhere on the distribution system.
protection per the transformer through-fault
protection curve defined in ANSI standards, for a Capacitor Bank Protection
broad range of secondary-side fault currents. The SMD-20 Power Fuses are particularly well suited
life-shortening thermal and mechanical stresses for protection of pole-top or station capacitor
associated with prolonged transformer through- banks since their substantial continuous peak-
faults are minimized. load capability frequently permits the use of
SMD‑20 Power Fuses are ideal for protection of smaller ampere ratings than is possible with
auxiliary (station service) transformers and voltage distribution fuse links, other makes of power fuses,
transformers too. Regardless of the application, or current-limiting fuses—and without nuisance
maintenance-free SMD-20 Power Fuses provide full- fuse operations (“sneak-outs”) due to capacitor-
fault-spectrum protection plus reliable, permanent, bank inrush or outrush currents. Close fusing
and precise coordination with line or secondary with SMD‑20 Power Fuses results in superior
breakers and other power fuses. protection for the capacitor bank such that evolving
faults within individual capacitor units—the most
common mode of capacitor-unit failure—can be
detected and cleared before case rupture occurs.

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No Need to Push Cutouts Beyond Their Limit Arc voltage 1 cycle (60 Hz)
SMD-20 Power Fuses are an excellent alternative to 1.0 kV maximum
cutouts where:
• System available fault current exceeds the
capabilities of cutouts. Fault current

• The noise and exhaust associated with cutout


operation are unacceptable because of the
application or environmental considerations.
Distribution cutouts typically have fault-
interrupting ratings of 16,000 amperes or less, and Arc power
Arc energy 9.6 MW peak
may be subject to application restrictions at system 72.0 kW-sec
voltages of 25 kV or higher. With their higher voltage
and interrupting ratings, SMD‑20 Power Fuses
bridge the protection gap between cutouts and SMD-20 Power Fuse
other, more-expensive, high-capacity power fuses
or current-limiting fuses. So there’s no need to over
duty cutouts and settle for incomplete protection of
system conductors or equipment.
SMD‑20 Power Fuses provide full-fault-spectrum
protection by means of a solid-material low-arc-
Arc voltage
energy technique of fault interruption having a mild 1 cycle (60 Hz)
3.5 kV maximum
exhaust. The oscillograms on the right compare the Fault current
arc energy of an SMD‑20 Power Fuse with that of
a typical double-vented cutout and a single-vented
cutout. Arc power
96.8 MW peak
In the test recorded, the relative arc energy for
the SMD‑20 Power Fuse was only 18% that of a Arc energy
double-vented cutout, and just 20% that of a single- 400 kW-sec
vented cutout. Peak arc power—one measure
of exhaust energy—was 9.6 MW for the SMD‑20
Power Fuse, compared to 96.8 MW and 72.8 MW Double-Vented Distribution Fuse Cutout
for the double-vented and single-vented cutouts,
respectively. Likewise, arc voltage—an indirect
measure of arc power—was substantially lower
for the SMD‑20 Power Fuse than for either of the Arc voltage
cutouts. Consequently, the SMD‑20 Power Fuse is 3.0 kV 1 cycle (60 Hz)
maximum
quieter and gentler than a cutout.

Fault current

Arc power
Arc energy 72.8 MW peak
366 kW-sec

Single-Vented Distribution Fuse Cutout

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Superior to Conventional Current-Limiting Fuses
SMD‑20 Power Fuses are a superior alternative to “setback allowances,” range from 25% in terms
current-limiting fuses in applications where: of time to 25% in terms of current. The latter can
• Current-limiting fuses are unsuitable because result in an adjustment of 250% or more in terms
of their less-than-adequate time-current char- of time, depending on the slope of the time-current
acteristics and susceptibility to damage from characteristic curve at the point where the safety
surge currents (as are commonly experienced zone or setback allowance is measured.
in outdoor distribution applications).
• High continuous-current requirements and fuse Furthermore, most current-limiting fuses
handling considerations make conventional inherently have steep, relatively straight time-
current-limiting fuses impractical. current characteristic curves which, together
Type SMD‑20 Power Fuses have helically coiled with the required large safety-zone or setback-
silver fusible elements of solderless construction, allowance adjustments, force selection of
surrounded by air. The fusible elements are thus higher fuse ampere ratings in order to withstand
free of mechanical and thermal stress and confining transformer magnetizing-inrush currents and
support, and therefore are not subject to damage— hot- and cold-load pickup currents, and also to
even by inrush currents that approach, but do not coordinate with downstream protective devices.
exceed, the fuse’s minimum melting time-current But selection of higher fuse ampere ratings results
characteristic curve. in reduced protection for the distribution system
and equipment. Since the fuse ampere rating may
Current-limiting fuses, in contrast, have fusible
substantially exceed transformer full-load current,
elements comprised of a number of very fine
coordination with upstream devices can be severely
diameter wires, or one or more perforated or
impaired.
notched ribbons, surrounded by, and in contact
with, filler material such as silica sand. And in Current-limiting fuses are heavy and difficult
current-limiting fuses, the fusible element carries to maneuver too, particularly with a hotstick.
load current. Because of this construction, current- Operating personnel must carefully steer these
limiting fuses are susceptible to element damage fuses when performing opening and closing
from current surges that approach the fuse’s operations. SMD‑20 Power Fuses, in contrast, are
minimum-melting time-current characteristic curve. easy to handle. SMU‑20 Fuse Units are light and
Such damage may be compounded on overhead readily maneuvered at the end of a hotstick. The
distribution systems by repetitive current surges positive, self-guiding action of the fuse hinge and
occasioned by open/close operations of upstream trunnion permits nearly effortless opening and
circuit reclosers. closing operations.
Damage to the fusible elements of current- Select the Best in Power Fuse Protection
limiting fuses may shift or alter their time-current
When a cutout can’t fully satisfy application
characteristics, resulting in a loss of complete
requirements, and when the need for close fusing,
coordination between the fuse and downstream
precise coordination, and dependable field-proven
overcurrent protective devices. Moreover, a
performance preclude current-limiting fuses or
damaged current-limiting fuse element may melt
other makes of power fuses, specify SMD‑20 Power
due to harmless inrush current . . . but the fuse may
Fuses for economical, reliable, full-fault-spectrum
fail to clear the circuit due to insufficient power
protection and convenient full-load switching (with
flow—with the fuse continuing to arc and burn
the Loadbuster tool ) of distribution circuits and
internally due to load-current flow.
equipment. Complete application information and
Because of the potential for damage to the technical data are readily available from the nearest
fusible element, current-limiting fuse manufacturers S&C Sales Office and at www.sandc.com.
typically require that, when applying the fuses,
adjustments be made to the minimum melting
time-current characteristic curves. These
adjustments, referred to as “safety zones” or

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Components of an SMD-20 Power Fuse Overhead—Pole-Top Style Mountings are offered
The SMD‑20 Power Fuse consists of a mounting with a choice of porcelain or—for mountings
and a replaceable SMU‑20 Fuse Unit. See pages 18 rated 14.4 kV and 25 kV only—composite-polymer
through 23 for available mounting styles. silicone insulator. Station Style Mountings are
offered with a choice of porcelain or S&C Cypoxy™
The mounting includes a base (or mounting
station post insulators.
bracket in the case of Overhead—Pole-Top Style),
insulator(s), latch-and-upper-contact assembly, Fuse-unit end fittings are available separately,
hinge-and-lower-contact assembly, and reusable permitting users to equip spare SMU‑20 Fuse Units
upper and lower fuse-unit end fittings. for quick replacement.

Latch-and-upper contact Fuse-unit upper


Birdproof-design insulator— assembly end fitting
provides insulation characteristics (reusable)
higher than ANSI distribution-
cutout standards and equal in
most cases to ANSI switch and bus
standards. Mounting bracket and
hardware are included

Loadbuster attachment
hooks—also provide self-
guiding action for fuse unit
during closing

SMU-20 Fuse Unit—


replaced after a
fault-clearing operation

Fuse-unit lower end fitting


(reusable)
Hinge-and-lower-
contact assembly

Overhead—Pole-Top Style

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Reliable Latching The wiping-in, rolling-out contact design of
As shown below, the latch rides over and drops in the upper contacts results in minimal electrical
behind the roller on the fuse-unit upper end fitting. resistance between the upper contact assembly
and the fuse unit. As the fuse unit is closed into
The impact-absorbing action of the spring-
the upper contact assembly, silver-clad contact
backed contact fingers prevents the fuse unit from
fingers first engage and wipe the silver-clad surface
recoiling from the latched position during closing.
of the fuse-unit upper end fitting. Then, during
The fuse unit can’t drop out due to vibration or
latching, as the contact fingers enter the contact
shock.
detent of the upper end fitting, a high-pressure,
Superb Current Transfer low-resistance contact is created by flexing of the
contact fingers, with backup from the pre-stressed
Superb current transfer between the SMU‑20
loading spring.
Fuse Unit and the upper and lower contacts is
ensured, even after exposure to the elements for The silver-clad lower contacts feature embossed
an extended period of time. surfaces for built-in wiping action, and are also
backed up by pre-stressed loading springs for
efficient current transfer between the lower
contact assembly and the fuse-unit lower end
fitting.

Pre-stressed Contact fingers


loading spring Latch

Roller

Contact detent

Fuse-unit lower end fitting


contact, silver clad

Latch-and-upper-contact assembly (fully closed).

Pre-stressed Silver- clad
loading spring lower contact

Lower contacts—silver-to-silver, provide dual current


path independent of hinge pivot.

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The SMU-20® Fuse Unit
The SMU-20 Fuse Unit consists of a fusible Upper seal—prevents
element, an arcing rod, and a solid-material water ingress
arc-extinguishing medium contained within a
filament-wound glass-epoxy tube.
One end of the fusible element is connected,
through the current-transfer bridge, to the
exhaust ferrule. The other end is connected to
the arcing rod, which extends upward through Tin-plated copper conducting
the stepped bore of the fuse unit. A drive spring tube—expanded into glass-
inside the fuse unit provides the stored energy epoxy outer tube for a positive
water seal
to drive the arcing rod upward, through the
arc-extinguishing medium, during fault-current
interruption. The actuating pin at the upper end
of the spring-driven arcing rod initiates dropout
action by penetrating the fuse-unit upper seal
and tripping the upper-live-part latch. See
Latch-actuating pin initiates
pages 12 and 13. drop-open action for easy
The SMU-20 Fuse Unit is designed identification of blown fuses
for universal use . . . it’s also utilized in
underground applications, in S&C PMH and Drive spring
PME Pad-Mounted Gear, Custom Metal-
Enclosed Switchgear, and PMX™ Modular
Metal-Enclosed Switchgear. Tulip contact—spring-loaded

Solid-material
arc-extinguishing medium

Arcing rod—silver-clad copper

Filament-wound glass- epoxy
tube—with exceptionally
durable, ultraviolet-resistant finish

Silver fusible element—helically


coiled to absorb mechanical
vibration and thermal shock

Current-transfer bridge

Silver- plated red brass exhaust


ferrule—magneformed onto
glass-epoxy tube

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The Fusible Element Nondamageable Construction
SMU‑20 Fuse Units are available in a wide variety SMU‑20 Fuse Units have silver or pretensioned
of ampere ratings and time-current characteristics, nickel-chrome fusible elements that are drawn
permitting close fusing to achieve maximum through precision dies to very accurate diameters
protection and optimum coordination. With the and are of solderless construction, brazed into their
initial and sustained accuracy of their melting time- terminals. Melting time-current characteristics are
current characteristics, SMU‑20 Fuse Units can be precise, with only 10% total tolerance in melting
relied upon to operate exactly when they should current, compared to the 20% tolerance of most
and—equally important—not to operate when they fuses.
shouldn’t. This permanent accuracy is achieved The design and construction features of the
principally in the design and construction of the fusible elements ensure that they will conform to
fusible element. their time-current characteristics not only initially,
but on a sustained basis. They’re corrosion-resistant
and nondamageable. Neither age, vibration, nor
surges that heat the element nearly to the severing
point will affect the characteristics of these fuses.

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S&C’s fusible elements are nondamageable and
provide these advantages:
• Superior transformer protection. With
SMU‑20 Fuse Units, it’s possible to fuse close
to transformer full-load current, thus providing
protection against a broad range of secondary-
side faults.
• Heightened service continuity. “Sneak-outs”
(unnecessary fuse operations) are eliminated.
• Close coordination with other overcurrent
protective devices is attainable because
of the initial and sustained precision of the
fusible elements, and because no “safety zones”
or “setback allowances” need be applied to Series of levers
the published time-current characteristics to reduces spring force
protect the element against damage. to correct amount
for pretensioning of Fusible element of
• Operating economies. There’s no need to fusible element nickel-chrome wire,
pretensioned
replace unblown companion fuses on suspicion
of damage following a fuse operation.

Current-transfer
bridge

Lower
terminal

Nondamageable low-current, nickel-chrome fusible


element for fuse unit rated 1 ampere. In this rating,
the nickel-chrome wire is too fine to withstand
the full force of the spring. An assembly of levers
in effect multiplies the tensile strength of the
wire to permit the desired pretensioning without
jeopardizing the security of the fusible element.

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Arcing rod Arcing rod

Strain wire

Fusible element of
Fusible element silver wire, helically
of nickel- coiled to absorb Silver-brazed
Silver-brazed joints chrome wire, mechanical vibration joints
pretensioned and thermal shock

Lower
Lower
terminal
terminal

Nondamageable nickel-chrome fusible element for Nondamageable silver fusible element for fuse units
fuse units rated 5E and 7E amperes. When called rated 10E amperes and larger. These ratings employ
upon to operate, the pretensioned nickel-chrome wire the silver fusible element, strain-wire construction,
weakens abruptly and separates before its cross- which is not damaged by overloads or transient faults
section changes. approaching the minimum melting current.

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Fault Interruption
Contact fingers Latch
Fast, positive fault interruption is achieved in under compression
the SMU‑20 Fuse Unit—after the fusible element
melts—through:
• High-speed elongation of the arc in the solid-
material-lined bore (as produced by rapid move-
ment of the spring-driven arcing rod), and
• Efficient deionizing action of the gases gener-
ated through thermal reaction of the solid mate-
rial, due to the heat of the confined arc.
Loading
Positive Dropout Action spring
When the fuse unit is blown, the force of the drive Pull-ring
spring causes the latch-actuating pin at the upper
end of the arcing rod to penetrate the fuse-unit Latch-
upper seal and lift the latch above the roller on the actuating pin
upper end fitting.
After the roller is free of the latch, the spring- Replaceable
backed contact fingers thrust the fuse unit outward, SMU-20
Fuse Unit Arcing rod
permitting it to swing (by force of gravity) to the
fully open position. Tripping of the latch and start
of dropout action during fault interruption are
illustrated on the right.

Lower end-fitting
clamping screw

Fusible
element

Contact finger
under compression
Overcurrent melts the silver fusible element, then
transfers to the strain wire, which volatilizes instantly.
1
Arcing is initiated as shown.

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Released force of the drive spring thrusts the arcing 2 Continued upward travel of the arcing rod after arc
extinction causes the actuating pin to penetrate the
3
rod upward, causing rapid elongation of the arc in
the solid-material-lined bore of the fuse unit. Under upper seal, and to initiate positive dropout of the
maximum fault conditions, heat from the confined blown SMU‑20 Fuse Unit.
arc causes the solid material in the large­-diameter
section of the arc-extinguishing chamber to
undergo a thermal reaction—generating turbulent
gases and effectively enlarging the bore diameter
so that the arc energy is released with a mild
exhaust. Under low-to-moderate-fault conditions,
the arc is extinguished in the upper section
of the arc-extinguishing chamber—where the
small-diameter bore effectively concentrates the
deionizing gases for reliable arc extinction.

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Easy to Handle
When the SMD‑20 Power Fuse operates, the SMU‑20
Fuse Unit swings to the open position. It can be easily
removed by inserting a hotstick into the lifting ring of
the lower end fitting, as shown here. Replacement is
equally easy.
The fuse-unit end fittings are reusable, and are
readily removed from the blown fuse and re-installed
on a new SMU‑20 Fuse Unit. The replacement fuse unit
with end fittings is simply lowered into the hinge and
closed, as described on page 15.

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Easy to Close
SMD‑20 Power Fuses may be closed using a hotstick—
from practically any angle. At the start of the closing
operation, the SMU‑20 Fuse Unit is laterally restrained
by engagement of guiding surfaces on the hinge with
substantial trunnions and cams on the lower end
fitting. Loadbuster attachment hooks guide the upper
end fitting into proper alignment for latching at the
end of the closing operation.
During closing, the fuse unit is brought to within
several inches of the upper live parts and then, while
looking away, fully closed with a purposeful thrust as
shown in the photo. The Loadbuster attachment hooks
guide the fuse unit during the final approach into the
upper-contact assembly.

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Easy to Operate with Loadbuster®— The S&C Loadbreak Tool
All SMD‑20 Power Fuses are equipped with Switching with the Loadbuster tool is a quick
Loadbuster hooks and may be operated with and simple operation, as shown below. Circuit
Loadbuster— The S&C Loadbreak Tool, to provide interruption occurs internally, without any
full-load switching at maximum system voltage, as external arc or flame. The only sound is that of
well as switching of associated magnetizing and the Loadbuster tool tripping. Because circuit
line-charging currents. There’s no need to install a interruption is independent of the speed with which
disconnect (isolator) or interrupter switch in series the Loadbuster tool is operated, all that’s required
with the fuse, thus providing greatly improved is a smooth operating stroke—without hesitation—
appearance and an immediate cost savings. until the tool is extended to its maximum length.
Moreover, because the interrupting unit is in the The resetting latch retains the tool in the open
Loadbuster tool—and because only one Loadbuster position for removal from the power fuse.
tool is needed for each truck—the advantages of
low-cost, universal load switching are available
anywhere on the distribution system.

ATTACH
Reach across the front of the SMD‑20 Power Fuse and attach the Loadbuster
tool's anchor to the attachment hook on the far side of the fuse mounting.
Then engage the pull-ring with the Loadbuster tool’s pull-ring hook. The
Loadbuster tool’s pull-ring latch prevents inadvertent disengagement.

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Resetting the Loadbuster tool is easy. Just release
the resetting latch and firmly close the extended
tool to its fully telescoped position. For detailed
information on the Loadbuster tool, see S&C
Descriptive Bulletin 811‑30.

PULL
A firm, steady downward pull on the Loadbuster
tool—to its maximum extended length—opens
the SMD‑20 Power Fuse in the normal manner
and breaks the circuit positively.

REMOVE
To disengage the Loadbuster tool, remove its
anchor from the attachment hook. Then, with
the fuse in the fully open position, use a “roll-
off” movement to disengage from the pull-ring.
The Loadbuster tool is easily reset for the next
opening operation.

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Overhead Pole-Top Style

14.4 -kV Overhead—Pole-Top Style

50/60-Hz Ratings Leakage Distance to


kV Amperes, RMS Ground, Minimum

Interrupting② (Sym.)
Nom. Max BIL Max① Inches mm
60 Hz 50 Hz

14.4 17.0 125 200E 14 000 11 200 11 279


14.4 17.0 150 200E 14 000 11 200 17 432
25 27 150 200E 12 500 10 000 17 432
34.5 38 200 200E 10 000   8 000 25½ 648

① SMU-20 Fuse Units used with these power fuses are available in ② Refer to table on page 24 for detailed interrupting ratings.
ratings through 200K amperes, as well as 200E amperes.

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34.5-kV Overhead—Pole-Top Style

50/60-Hz Ratings Leakage Distance to


kV Amperes, RMS Ground, Minimum

Interrupting② (Sym.)
Nom. Max BIL Max① Inches mm
60 Hz 50 Hz

14.4 17.0 125 200E 14 000 11 200 11 279


14.4 17.0 150 200E 14 000 11 200 17 432
25 27 150 200E 12 500 10 000 17 432
34.5 38 200 200E 10 000   8 000 25½ 648

① SMU-20 Fuse Units used with these power fuses are available in ② Refer to table on page 24 for detailed interrupting ratings.
ratings through 200K amperes, as well as 200E amperes.

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Station Style
14.4-kV Station—Vertical-Offset Style

50/60-Hz Ratings Leakage Distance to


kV Amperes, RMS Ground, Minimum

Interrupting② (Sym.)
Nom. Max BIL Max① Inches mm
60 Hz 50 Hz

14.4 17.0 110 200E 14 000 11 200 15½ 394


25 27 150 200E 12 500 10 000 24 610
34.5 38 200 200E 10 000   8 000 37 940

① SMU-20 Fuse Units used with these power fuses are available in ② Refer to table on page 24 for detailed interrupting ratings.
ratings through 200K amperes, as well as 200E amperes.

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34.5-kV Station—Inverted Style

50/60-Hz Ratings Leakage Distance to


kV Amperes, RMS Ground, Minimum

Interrupting② (Sym.)
Nom. Max BIL Max① Inches mm
60 Hz 50 Hz

14.4 17.0 110 200E 14 000 11 200 15½ 394


25 27 150 200E 12 500 10 000 24 610
34.5 38 200 200E 10 000   8 000 37 940
① SMU-20 Fuse Units used with these power fuses are available in ② Refer to table on page 24 for detailed interrupting ratings.
ratings through 200K amperes, as well as 200E amperes.

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14.4-kV Station—Right-Angle Style

50/60-Hz Ratings Leakage Distance to


kV Amperes, RMS Ground, Minimum

Interrupting② (Sym.)
Nom. Max BIL Max① Inches mm
60 Hz 50 Hz

14.4 17.0 110 200E 14 000 11 200 15½ 394


25 27 150 200E 12 500 10 000 24 610
34.5 38 200 200E 10 000   8 000 37 940
① SMU-20 Fuse Units used with these power fuses are available in ② Refer to table on page 24 for detailed interrupting ratings.
ratings through 200K amperes, as well as 200E amperes.

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14.4-kV Station—Cluster-Offset Style

50/60-Hz Ratings Leakage Distance to


kV Amperes, RMS Ground, Minimum

Interrupting② (Sym.)
Nom. Max BIL Max① Inches mm
60 Hz 50 Hz

14.4 17.0 110 200E 14 000 11 200 15½ 394


25 27 150 200E 12 500 10 000 24 610
34.5 38 200 200E 10 000   8 000 37 940
① SMU-20 Fuse Units used with these power fuses are available in ② Refer to table on page 24 for detailed interrupting ratings.
ratings through 200K amperes, as well as 200E amperes.

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Short-Circuit Interrupting Ratings realistic natural frequencies and typical amplitudes
The maximum interrupting ratings listed below are of transient recovery voltage.
based upon full line-to-line voltage across a single The asymmetrical interrupting ratings,
power fuse. Obviously this is only one criterion symmetrical interrupting ratings based on X/R = 20,
of performance. SMD-20 Power Fuses have been and MVA interrupting ratings were determined in
rigorously tested through the full spectrum of fault accordance with procedures described in IEEE
currents, from the lowest to the highest—not only Standard C37.41. Moreover, with respect to the
primary faults but also secondary-side faults as requirement in this standard for testing with circuits
seen from the primary side of the transformer—and having an X/R ratio of at least 15 (corresponding
under all realistic conditions of circuitry. Special to an asymmetry factor of 1.55), S&C’s tests were
attention was given to establishing and controlling performed under the more severe condition of
circuit parameters, to duplicate conditions as severe X/R = 20, corresponding to an asymmetry factor of
as those encountered in the field. This involves 1.6. Recognizing that there are many applications
testing at all degrees of asymmetry and matching where the X/R ratio is less severe than the value of
the rate of rise of transient recovery voltage of the 15 specified by the standard, higher symmetrical
test circuit to that found in actual applications. interrupting ratings are listed for X/R = 10 and 5,
This rate of rise depends, in turn, upon carefully respectively.
established laboratory test conditions to obtain
50/60-Hertz Short-Circuit Interrupting Ratings of Type SMD-20 Power Fuses
Voltage, kV Amperes, RMS, Interrupting MVA,
Symmetrical Interrupting
SMD-20 Three-Phase
(with Asymmetrical Based on Based on Based on Symmetrical,
SMU-20 System X = 20 X = 10 X=5 Based on
Fuse R R R X = 20
Units) R
60 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz 50 Hz
7.2 175
4.8/8.32Y 200
12 290
7.2/12.47Y 300
14.4 22 400 17 920 14 000 11 200 15 400 12 320 17 900 14 320
7.62/13.2Y 320
13.8 335
14.4 350◩
16.5 400
7.2/12.47Y 270
7.62/13.2Y 285
13.8 300
14.4 310
25 20 000 16 000 12 500 10 000 13 800 11 040 16 000 12 800
16.5 355
23.0 500
14.4/24.9Y 540◩
20/34.5Y① —
23.0 400
14.4/24.9Y 430
34.5 27.6 16 000 12 800 10 000   8 000 11 000   8 800 12 800 10 260 475
20/34.5Y 600◩
34.5 600◩
① Applies to 25-kV Overhead—Pole-Top Style only, for protection of ◩ Nominal rating.
single-phase-to-neutral circuits (lines or transformers) only.

Descriptive Bulletin 242-32


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