(a) The open circuit voltage of the test circuit shall be 300 volts
d.c., or 600 volts d.c., depending on the voltage rating of the fuse being
(b) Time constant of the circuit (defined as T=L/R, where T is the
time in seconds, L is the inductance in henries, and R is the resistance in
ohms) shall be as follows:
(1) For 10,000 amperes and greater currents, T=0.016
second or more;
(2) For 1,000 amperes to 10,000 amperes, T=0.008 second or
(3) For 100 amperes to 1,000 amperes, T=0.006 second or
(4) For less than 100 amperes, T=0.002 seconds or
(c) Test currents shall be as follows:
(1) 200 percent of rated current for fuses having 200 or
less ampere rating, or 300 percent of rated current for fuses having greater
than 200 ampere rating;
(2) 900 percent of rated current;
(3) 10,000 amperes; and
(4) 20,000 amperes.
(d) The voltage shall continue to be applied for at least 30 seconds
after completion of circuit interruption.
(e) Five fuses of each case size shall be tested at each test current
specified in paragraph (c) of this section, with the value of the fuse being
the maximum value for the case size.
(f) Three of each lot of five fuses shall be preconditioned at 95±5
percent RH for not less than 5 days immediately prior to testing; and the
other two fuses of each lot of five shall be preconditioned by heating to
90° C. for 24 hours, and tested within 1 hour after removal from the
(g) At least three of each lot of five fuses shall be tested in a
fuse holder of a trolley-tap type, and the fuse holder shall remain intact
and shall readily accept and retain a replacement fuse.
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