What is the main difference between Ground and Neutral?

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  1. Engr Mick

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    What is the main difference between Ground and Neutral?
     
  2. BillB3857

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    If you are talking about the AC in your house, Neutral carries the return current from whatever you are operating. Ground is the safety wire to carry any current resulting from a fault in the device you are operating. Do a search. This has been discussed so many times with so many ways of explaining it.
     
  3. inwo

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    That's a good short explanation.

    I also like the "code" definition.

    Shorter yet.:D

    Neutral (wire)= grounded conductor.

    Ground (wire)= grounding conductor.
     
  4. MaxHeadRoom

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    In terms of the common AC supply they are considered to be at the same potential, one main distinction is that neutral is considered a current carrying conductor whereas the ground should never intentionally be used as as such.
    Max.
     
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    Don't get too technical on this one. This is a school question. See Homework section for, "Which one is the best system... 60Hz or 50Hz."
     
  6. ErnieM

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    This one should have a sticky !!!

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  7. BillB3857

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    When I was in the Navy, we had a drawing in our shop of an airplane towing a bucket of dirt for a ground.
     
  8. profbuxton

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    Well, thats all very well for the aircraft ground, But where do you connect to ground on a Navy ship.
    Pot plant, perhaps?
     
  9. BillB3857

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    That's what the anchor does. Problem is that it slows the ship down a lot.:)
     
  10. MaxHeadRoom

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    Or the expression 'Swinging the Lead' takes on another connotation.:p
    Max.
     
  11. BillB3857

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    Talking about swinging the lead...... I forgot to retract the trailing wire antenna (150' of copper clad steel wire with a 5 lb lead weight) only once. What a mess of wire on the runway when we landed. No telling how many gooney birds I wiped out.
     
  12. atferrari

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    For the antennas, the best ground plane, is the water. :p :D
     
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