Q about the "Shock current path" (Vol I - DC chapter3)

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Joined Aug 10, 2008
well i've bean reading chapter 3 in vol 1 and bumped into something interesting

what happens if the ungrounded side gets hit by a tree or touched by another person? by then both would be ground fault and the a person touching the ground side would be shock.all making the ground still meaning less.

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Joined Jul 9, 2011
See attachment. The tree or another person are just another load to the source, they don't make a difference for the person who is standing on ground touching ground.



Joined Dec 26, 2010
In such a situation a large "fault current" would flow. A well-designed system would include components like fuses or automatic circuit breakers, designed to react to this condition and shut off the supply. Circuit breakers reacting to the residual current (the difference between the live and return conductor currents) may be particularly useful here.

The deliberate earth connection is made to have a low resistance, and normally the fault protection arrangements should operate before the local earth voltage can rise high enough for long enough to do much damage.