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Difference between ICCB, MCCB and MCB

The aforementioned types of Circuit Breakers are used in LV System and generally based on the same operating principle.
MCB and MCCB/ICCB have a bimetal heater for overload which releases the Contact s while for short circuit the trip / electromagnet hammers itself against moving contacts. The arc created by breaking contacts is extinguished in an arc chamber. Are defined as “Thermo-magnetic “ CBs , accordingly. It is operating characteristic addressing the overload by thermal action of the bimetal strip and instantaneously dealing with short circuit occurrences by electromagnetic action.

MCB – Miniature Circuit Breaker is suitable for domestic usage. Used to protect final circuits from O/C such as Overload & Short Circuit.
i- MCB is basically made in accordance to BS 3871, is now superseded by BS EN 60898 which recognizes type B, C & D.
Type B is suitable in domestic premises.
Type C is used in commercial & industrial applications.
Type D is suitable for application where a high in-rush current is expected.
ii- MCB is of low breaking / making capacity as well as low current rating compared with MCCB/ICCB. MCBs available in different number of poles (SP, DP, TP,,).

MCCB – Molded Case Circuit Breaker & Insulated Case Circuit breaker are also current limiting devices but with high making/ breaking capacity and current ratings compared with MCB. MCCB and ICCB are almost the same and both are manufactured in accordance to NEMA AB1/AB3 to suit industrial and commercial purposes.
The advent of electronic protection increased the use of them and the scope is widened like tolerances, range of time & current adjustment. By virtue of that a good discrimination can be achieved with accuracy about ±10%.
Eventually, MCCB/ICCB has advantages in the capability of accommodating further features which can be provided as
i. RCD.
ii. Under voltage device.
iii. A shunt trip coils that enabling remote tripping.
iv. Auxiliary switches for remote monitoring and/or control.
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