Karady, George G. Department of Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
El-Hawary, Mohamed Faculty of Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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An overcurrent protective device with a circuit-opening fusible part that is heated and severed by the flow of overcurrent through it in order to eliminate overload on an electric circuit. The term “fuse” is an abbreviation of the original term “fusible link.” The fuse is connected in series with the circuit being protected. The components of a typical low-voltage high-power fuse are a fuse element or wire, an insulating material support and housing, two metal end fittings, and a filler (Fig. 1).
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