Bil rating for switchgear

Bil rating for switchgear

In the design of lines and equipment considering the minimum level of insulation required, it is necessary to define surge voltage in terms of its peak value and return to lower values in terms of time or duration. Although the peak voltage may be considerably higher than normal voltage, the stress in the insulation may exist for only a very short period of time.

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Whenever a over voltage surge appears in the system, it is discharged through surge protecting devices before the equipments of the system gets damaged. Hence, the insulation of such equipment must be designed to withstand a certain minimum voltage before the over voltage surge gets discharged through surge protecting protection devices. Hence, operating voltage level of surge protecting devices must be lower than the said minimum voltage withstanding level of the equipment. This minimum voltage rating is defined as BIL or basic insulation level of electrical equipment.

Basic Insulation Level (BIL)

Insulation levels recommended for a number of voltage classes. As the operating voltages become higher, the effect ofa surge voltage becomes less; hence, the ratio of the BIL to the voltage class decreases as the latter increases.

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Bil rating for switchgear

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