What does it mean when a circuit breaker is described as an "inverse time" trip breaker?
Applies to Miniature and Molded Case Circuit Breakers, as well as Supplementary Protectors
(Does not apply to Molded Case Switches or Motor Circuit Protectors)
Many specifications state that circuit breakers must be "inverse time" trip.
Inverse time tripping is a characteristic of circuit breakers in which the breaker trips in more time with lower overcurrent
, and less time with higher overcurrent
. For the US, Article 100 of the National Electric Code defines it as follows: "Inverse Time (as applied to circuit breakers).
A qualifying term indicating that there is purposely introduced a delay in the tripping action of the circuit breaker, which delay decreases as the magnitude of the current increases."
All Schneider Electric/Square D/Merlin Gerin Circuit Breakers and Supplementary Protectors are inverse time trip (excludes Molded Case Switches and Motor Circuit Protectors).