Short-Circuit and Ground-Fault Protection
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Top 50 NEC Rules
430.52 Branch-Circuit Short-Circuit
and Ground-Fault Protection
By Mike Holt
The motor branch-circuit short-circuit and ground-fault
protective device must comply with 430.52(B) and 430.52(C). This device
must be capable of carrying the motor's starting current.
Each motor branch circuit must be protected against short-circuit
ground faults by a protection device sized no greater than the
percentages listed in Table 430.52.
Editor's note: This information was extracted from Mike
the National Electrical Code
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Q. On a 3-phase, 4-wire, 277V multi-wire
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- Circuit breakers installed with identified handle ties are
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- Circuit breakers may be installed with or without identified handle
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- A multi-pole circuit breaker may serve as both the disconnecting
means and overcurrent protective device.
- All the above are correct answers.
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