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Fundamentals Figure 2-20.—Magnetic trip element action; Closed contacts;
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Religion The amount of current needed to trip the circuit breaker depends on the size of the g
USMC trip bar and the magnetic element. On some circuit breakers, this gap (and therefore the tr
adjustable.
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Printed Manuals The thermal trip element circuit breaker, like a delay fuse, will protect a circuit agai
Downloadable Books overload that continues for a long time. The larger the overload, the faster the circuit brea
The thermal element will also protect the circuit against temperature increases. A magnet
will trip instantly when the preset current is present. In some applications, both types of p
desired. Rather than use two separate circuit breakers, a single trip element combining the

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desired. Rather than use two separate circuit breakers, a single trip element combining the
magnetic trip elements is used. A thermal-magnetic trip element is shown in figure 2

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