Fig. 27-5 Line Diagram Illustrating Typical Protective Relays Used on a Medium-Voltage Generator. Source: Zenith Controls

Circuit Breakers

A circuit breaker is defined by NEMA Standards as a "device designed to open and close a circuit by non-automatic means and to open the circuit automatically on a pre-determined overcurrent when properly applied within its rating". Circuit breakers are switches that open in response to a prolonged overload or short-circuit current. The contacts are mechanically closed against the action of a heavy spring and held closed by a latch. Circuit breakers can be manually or automatically opened (tripped) by external signals, typically from some type of protective relay.

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