Arc Flash Analysis
 
 
 

YOU NEED ARC FLASH ANALYSIS

WHAT IS AN ARC FLASH?
Let's face it, arc flash analysis is essential.  An Arc Flash is an electrical explosion created by the rapid release of energy due to an arcing fault between phase to phase, phase to neutral and phase to ground.  Arc flash explosions cause damage to electrical equipment, surrounding equipment, and personnel.  Flash temperatures may exceed 35,000 F (this is four times the surface of the sun). Such high temperatures rapidly heat the surrounding air creating extreme pressures, resulting in an arc blast.  The Arc Flash is sustained by highly conductive plasma.  The flash plasma consists of conductive vaporized particles of copper, steel, and other material.  The violent result of this event is destruction of equipment, fire, and severe injury or death to anyone nearby.  An arc flash analysis helps protect you from this real danger.

WHAT CAUSES AN ARC FLASH?
There are a variety of causes for an Arc Flash.  An arc flash analysis will show you that by being educated and aware of the hazard, most of these causes are preventable.  Most arc flashes happen when an electrical system is disturbed, such as maintenance personnel working on live equipment while testing or repairing and accidentally causing a fault.  Dropped tools, poor housekeeping, corrosion of equipment, lack of training and poor work techniques, are some of the causes that can lead to a destructive arc flash.

WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED IF YOU ARE EXPOSED TO AN ARC FLASH?
Exposure to an arc flash frequently results in a variety of serious injuries and in some cases death.  Workers have been injured even though they were ten feet or more away from the arc center.  Worker injuries can include damaged hearing, eyesight, and severe burns requiring years of skin grafting and rehabilitation.  Equipment can be destroyed causing extensive downtime and requiring expensive replacement and repair. The cost of treatment for the injured worker can exceed $1,000,000/case.  Significant litigation fees, insurance increases, fines, and accident investigation costs can occur.  This does not include work in progress loss or job layoffs as a result of the process interruption.  These cumulative costs can exceed $10,000,000.  Can you afford to not have an arc flash analysis performed?

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