How To Protect LV MV Cables From Electrical Arc Faults & Fire
Published 02 Jun 2020
Electrical Arc Faults
Electrical arc fault generated fires can be of up to 2000 Degrees Fahrenheit.
That’s more than twice as hot as the temperature of the surface of Venus and enough heat to melt gold.
Furthermore, this is more than enough to destroy expensive electrical cables.
The resulting catastrophes of an electrical arc fault generated fire means that we have to find a solution to protect cables against these dangerous and damaging fires.
In this Article we show how 3M Scotch® Fire Retardant Electric Arc Proofing Tape 77, can protect low (LV) and medium voltage (MV) electrical cables from electrical arc faults and their resulting fires.
Protecting cables From ARC Faults
with 3m scotch 77 tape
Even after a short exposure to a flame, an unprotected cable will catch fire, and continue to burn. Increasing the likely-hood of causing other fires and causing additional major damage. One fire could wreak absolute havoc on cables, or the equipment they are connecting.
Unless of course you can help prevent them from catching fire in the first place. Scotch fire retardant electric arc proofing tape, is designed to protect Low Voltage and Medium Voltage cables and cable accessories from arc faults and the resulting fires.
3M Scotch 77 tape can withstand a 2000 degree torch blast from 3 inches away, for 3 minutes.
That’s 3 minutes longer than an unprotected cable.
3M Scotch 77 Tapes are 0.76mm thick, arc and fireproofing electrical tapes designed to protect all types of electrical cables. This insulating firewall acts as a heat shield and flame barrier, thus protecting the cables joints and accessories.
Scotch 77 tape is burn resistant.
It will also help prevent cable jacket material from melting and dripping flames onto whatever lies beneath it. When the flame is taken away from a cable protected by 77 tape, that’s it, it doesn’t continue burning. It doesn’t cause additional fires and when the tape is removed, the cable underneath does not show any significant damage, and should not need to be replaced.
That kind of trusted protection is why electrical professionals around the globe have taken notice. Used properly, Scotch brand fire retardant electric arc proofing tape 77, can be the difference between a small problem, and an expensive catastrophe.
SCOTCH 77 Tape
- Manufacturer: 3M Electrical
- Brand: Scotch Tapes
- Stock Code: 3M Scotch 77 Tape
- Product Category: Electrical Tapes
- Sub Product Category: Corrosion & Fire Protection Tapes
- 3M Scotch 77 Tape Application: Protects cable from arc and fire until limiting devices can interrupt faulted circuit. Use on high-energy cables that are within 18″ of other high energy cables. Available in black and white the white version is easily visible and easy to inspect
- 3M Scotch 77 Roll Sizes:
- 1-1/2″ x 20′ (38 mm x 6,1 m)
3″ x 20′ (76 mm x 6,1 m)
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