02. Arc Fault Detection Devices Fact Sheet - What is an Arc Fault

01 March 2022

What is an arc fault?

An arcing fault is an unintentional arcing condition in a circuit. Arcing creates high intensity heating at the point of the arc resulting in burning particles that can over time ignite surrounding material. Repeated arcing can create carbon paths that are the foundation for continued arcing, generating even higher temperatures. The temperatures of these arcs can exceed 6000 °C.

This fact sheet provides you with an introduction to Arc Fault Detection Deivices - "What is an arc fault?" and "what causes them?"